"About 20 years ago my grandma had taught me some basic crochet stitches," said Renee Kelley of Rockford, "when my kids started losing their hats and scarves and things I got tired of buying them and decided I'd just try to make my own."
Kelley crochets accessories, hats,
scarves, gloves, basically anything that can be crocheted.
"I can make one or two hats a day, " Kelley said, "I have to be fast."
That's because this stay-at-home mom
of three, stitched her way from hobby... to a full-time business, called "For the
Love of Scarves."
"It started as scarves and people just started asking about hats and I do make more hats than I do scarves," said Kelley. "I never expected it to be what it is today."
Today Kelley has more than three
thousand fans on Facebook, and ships overseas to places like
"I'm a big fan of the arts any
kind of art. Anything that's handmade is just so much better than anything
that's made in a factory or something that you can buy in a big box store,"
Kelley said, "It means more because when somebody hand makes something they put their time and
their effort and their love into each thing."
To visit Kelley's "For the Love of Scarves Page", click here.