Some folks call me Za.

Eyes of Za

What’s in a goofy, high-school-era nickname? Memories of silliness, creativity, and fun. Being called Za by my oldest friends makes me smile.

Why is my Web site called zagraham.com? Well, for one thing, the URL wasn’t taken. More importantly, though, I wanted to have a constant reminder of goofiness and play before me as I started to get more serious about my crochet design and teaching endeavors.

Silliness is underrated. As a former elementary school teacher and as a crochet instructor, I’ve come to believe that everyone learns best when they greet new challenges with a playful and adventurous spirit. Children do this naturally.

Adults, too, learn best when they don’t take themselves too seriously. Trust me on this one. Try learning a new skill when you’re beating yourself up all the time, and let me know how that goes for you. Instead, how about you be easier on yourself? Next time you take a class, why don’t you give yourself permission to be horrible? Laugh in the face of all the crappy crafts you’ll make!

What will you learn today?  No matter what, I hope that you’ll approach it with a sense of curiosity and fun. And remember, no matter what you’re working on, I’d like to help you take your craft from A to Z (or was that from Z to A?) and back again.

More About Beth Graham
(EliZabeth Graham)

After the intense early disappointment of losing the coveted  “Best Eyes” vote in her senior class, Beth went on to earn a bachelor degree in Comparative Literature and a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from University of Caliifornia, Berkeley. She also holds a bachelor degree in Education (Primary/Junior) from Western University and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Beth teaches on Craftsy and at her local yarn shop, and her designs appear in a number of publications, including Quick & Simple Crochet for the Home (David & Charles, 2012), The Well-Made Home (Crochet) (Knit Picks, 2015), and Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies (Storey, 2016).

Clockwise from top: Beth Crawford, Janet Schiro, Sharon Everitt, Mia Fernandez, 1979.

Clockwise from top: Beth Crawford, Janet Schiro, Sharon Everitt, Mia Fernandez, 1979.