Last July, tween crochet phenom Jonah Larson released his highly anticipated first book, a combination biography and ode to fiber art.
This July, the La Crosse middle schooler will release his second tome. The treasure trove of patterns, primed to hook seasoned and novice crocheters alike, will make Jonah a two-time author by age 12.
“Giving Back Crochet” — being published by Indiana-based Annie’s, which also prints several crafting magazines — will feature designs and instructions for hats, scarves, slippers and afghans.
The projects will be simple to make, according to the publisher, and the finished products “would make wonderful gifts to donate to hospitals, schools, nursing homes, warming shelters or churches.”
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Jonah, who has achieved worldwide fame since the La Crosse Tribune profiled him in January 2019, has garnered hundreds of thousands of social media followers, been featured in high-profile periodicals such as Oprah magazine, USA Today and The New York Times and appeared on TV news and talk shows including The Kelly Clarkson Show and CBS News.
In February 2019, Jonah secured a publishing deal with KWIL, co-authoring “Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy.”
The photo book chronicled Jonah’s early life, beginning with his adoption from Ethiopia as an infant by parents Jennifer and Christopher Larson.
Crochet became an outlet for young Jonah, who struggled to sit still as a child, and his passion and talent grew each year and spurred a small business, Jonah’s Hands. A fashion line, crafting company spokesperson deals and nationwide appearances followed.
Through his Go Fund Me efforts and celebrity donations, Jonah was able to build Jonah’s Hands Library and Science lab in his birth country last month, and hopes “Giving Back Crochet” will inspire others to use their own love of hook and yarn for the greater good.
“My parents supported my love of crochet and encouraged me to do what makes me happy, and they have shared with me the importance of giving back to others,” Jonah said. “...It seems that many people who crochet give back to their communities by sharing their handcrafted items.”
“Giving Back Crochet” will be available in July 2020 for $14.99 from Annies, www.annieswsl.com.
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