If you're still looking to pick up a new hobby this year, get inspired by Jonah Larson, an 11-year-old boy who's completely hooked on crochet. Stitching for nearly five hours a day—a little before school and again after school, but never at dinnertime per his mother's request!—the self-taught crafter completed his first project, a dish cloth, when he was just a kindergartner.
After a local news outlet recently covered Jonah's artistic addiction, the article went viral and the Wisconsin sixth-grader quickly become quite the Internet sensation. In fact, he now has over 49,000 followers on Instagram. With his new following, he's even turned his passion into a business, "Jonah's Hands," where he stitches and sells everything from braided cowls and toys to blankets and home décor items. Jonah puts some of the money he earns away for his savings, donates a portion to the Ethiopian orphanage from which he was adopted, and uses the rest to buy more crafting supplies. With over 2,500 custom orders currently waiting to be filled, Jonah’s mom Jennifer sometimes has to tell customers to check back in later to avoid overwhelming him.
"In the basement we have 20 totes (full). He gets boxes of yarn from all over—England, Canada," says Jennifer, who doesn't crochet herself but does help run Jonah's social media pages, to the La Cross Tribune. "I think they're worried the art of crocheting is going to end, and they're just excited a young person will carry it on."
For Jonah, however, there's no such thing as too much crocheting. "After a very hard, busy, chaotic day in this busy world with school, it's just nice to know that I can come home and crochet in my little corner of the house while sitting by the one I love most: my mom," he tells NPR. "When I see my crochet work when it's done, it blows my mind to know that I, an 11-year-old with a tiny hook and a ball of yarn, made this amazing afghan, scarf, cowl, you name it."
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