Meet Sedruola Maruska of Yarn Obsession

Sedruola Maruska of Yarn ObsessionHey there!

I’m Sedruola Maruska of Yarnobsession.com but please call me Sedie (Say-dee)! I’m so glad you’re here.  Please keep reading to find out how Yarn Obsession can help you sell your crochet and change the yarn industry forever.

Who This Blog Can Help

I started this blog in 2008 as a place to talk about crochet designing, buying and selling. In 2012 the blog focus took a turn when I decided to help women in the yarn arts industry find answers and help with building their yarn businesses. Today, Yarn Obsession is a place for information for serious yarn artists, as well as a fun place to learn and grow crochet skills!

What I Talk About

I help tired, overwhelmed yet motivated women learn how to manage time & maintain the balance needed to start, grow & build a prosperous, fun and fulfilling crochet business

Some topics I write about are:

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Why I blog

Inspiring women is important to me yes, I know we have a number of women in the world doing great things, but until women in every industry feels completely empowered to do what she feels is right for herself, her family and her community, there is always room for more inspiration.

We make the difference as women it is within our power to create changes we want to see, especially in industries where we hold the most stock. The yarn industry needs to create equality around the world which will translate to helping women around the world. It’s important to do this at the grass roots level so we can grow stronger from the root

My mission is to share what I’ve learned, what I’m always learning, what empowers, educates, inspires and elevates other women to do the same. My blog has become my megaphone delivering the message that together we are stronger and we can make an incredible impact at home and around the world. When we find the strength to build ourselves, our families and our communities, we’ll find the strength together to build our businesses and the yarn industry.

About Me

In 2001 I taught myself to crochet after meeting my boyfriend’s grandmother. He became my husband and now crochet is a HUGE part of my life, how’s that for serendipity?!

In 2006 we were expecting our first child and although I was excited I also felt sad that I didn’t have a way to stay home with my baby. At 23 weeks I began to have pre-term labor so my doctor promptly put me on bed-rest. Being put on bed-rest gave me the opportunity to look into ways I could use my crochet skills to stay home with my son. During that time I found a small website called Etsy and opened a shop. That was going to be my way of staying home. Unfortunately, being pregnant affects everyone differently and for me it was a complete lack of focus. Try as I might, I completed only one project throughout my whole bed-rest time. But discovering Etsy and the possibilities was a breakthrough.

In January of 2011 after a few years of working on and off and having another baby I decided to send a pattern for publication in a magazine. In March of 2011, about a week before I was to have my baby, I heard back from the magazine. They wanted my pattern! It was then that I truly realized my calling was in my yarn and I needed to make it work.

In August of 2011 I began making crochet tutorial videos for basic stitches. The positive feedback I received on my videos helped push me forward and I decided in 2012 that I wanted to focus fully on my yarn work so I would be able to quit my job within a few months. In September of 2012 I again got laid off. On that day I made two decisions: 1) I was going to do everything I could to build my business and help others along the way; 2) I was never going to take another full-time job.

Today Yarn Obsession is no longer selling completed items. Although I still design crochet patterns, my focus is in helping women build businesses while building their belief in themselves and their amazing talents. Since 2009 I’ve heard comments like ‘no one wants to pay what it’s worth’ or ‘there’s no way to make a business out of crochet’ and many negative comments that I want to shift the thinking. I am where I am today because I didn’t give up on the dream of building my own business and being home with my babies! That’s what I want to give back.

I love wine, entertaining friends and family, reading, dancing and of course crochet! I’ve been married to the love of my life since 2003, and we spawned a baby boy in 2006 and a baby girl in 2011. My dreams are coming true, let me help you reach yours!

Connect With Me!

YouTube: http://youtube.com/yarnobsessiontv

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yarnobsession

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/sedruola

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/yarnobsession

21 thoughts on “Meet Sedruola Maruska of Yarn Obsession

  1. Sedie, you are an absolute gift, an angel. The universe guided me straight to your website at the exact right time, as I am 30 weeks pregnant and looking further into starting my own crochet business/making clothing for my baby girl. I absolutely fell in love with your energy and your intent behind wanting to help guide women on this path of self discovery. I am so grateful for you and ALL that you do to help provide motivation and inspiration to women like yourself. Much love to you, you are truly a QUEEN!

    Also, I would love to receive the free ebook as well as subscribe to your mailing list, but there have been some complications regarding the password. I’d love to be apart of it! Thank you so much!

  2. Essie I want to make a blanket using your single crochet chevron stitch. Instead of using the single crochet stitch can I use half double crochet using the same pattern?

    Thank you

    • I think you can try to do that, but because the stitch stands taller, there may be a different way to line things up. I have a chevron with the double crochet on my YouTube channel that may work for your needs. Just go to youtube.com/yarnobsessiontv and search for “chevron” a couple of videos should come up. 🙂

  3. I came across your Facebook about 2 years ago? Any who, you’re such a positive, loving person. I’ve been crocheting for 27 years, I also taught myself when I was pregnant with my son. I design and sell my crochet and patterns. I always make sure I visit you’re Facebook at least once a day. I love how you’re always true to you and your feelings and how accepting you are that we are all different and have different views from time to time. I love how you focus on uplifting other woman. Keep up the great work.

    • Thank you so much Jorji! People like you and comments like these are the reason it’s easy to continue to do what I do. You are so special to me, I am VERY thankful to have you here!

  4. I have only been crocheting for about a year but have decided that I want to start making thing to sell. I have mainly been making for family and friends and now feel I am at a stage where I have the confidence to sell my items to the wider audience. After viewing your video on how to price my items, which has given me more of an idea on what to do I am looking forward to selling for a profit. 🙂 Thank you for the advise.

  5. I’m making an aphgan and once I realized that I messed up on the rows a bit it was too late to rip out. Is there a tutorial on how to fix it?
    I’ve watched your video and don’t quite understand.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Thanks

    • Unfortunately I don’t have or know of any other video. I plan to do a demo of my fix video soon. Stay tuned!

    • Hello Dawn, that is one of my projects I have on the list to create a tutorial for. I haven’t had the opportunity yet. Stay tuned, there will be some new stuff in the fall! 🙂

  6. Hi Sedruola, I received the email to access my webinar and book but everytime I enter the password nothing happens. What do I do?

    • I will send you both Jaquenta! Sorry for the issue. I will look into it. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.

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