One of my absolute favorite clothing brands is Krochet Kids. A few years ago I had the chance to meet one of the founders of this nonprofit apparel brand, Kohl Crecelius, when he was speaking at Ball State.
Kohl and his buddies, Travis and Stewart, were avid snow sports enthusiasts in high school and wanted to have some headwear that was different than anyone’s on the slopes. They learned to crochet beanies and the friends started filling custom orders.
After high school Stewart traveled to Uganda on a trip that had nothing to do with beanies or crocheting and realized how little opportunity existed for the people there.
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They thought if a couple of dudes from Washington state could learn to crochet, anyone could. They went to Uganda and taught the locals, who started making beanies and signing each one they’ve made. Now Krochet Kids produces much more than just beanies, but they still make beanies.
Which brings us to: THE WORLD’S GREATEST BEANIE!
They set out on a quest to find the best design, material, and an awesome story for a beanie. I can’t wait to have the sweet, soft alpaca wool hugging my ears during Indiana’s harsh winter.
Sometimes I talk about a cheesy idea called the Axis of Awesome. Basically, the way each of us can produce the biggest impact with our lives is by operating from the spot our skills, passions and curiosities, and our life experiences line up. Krochet Kids is a perfect example of this and is one of the many reasons I’m proud to support them.