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I'm a guy who crochets! I'm also a first-year law student and Hebrew school teacher currently living in Boston. I learned to crochet at summer camp 15 years ago and have been carrying around a hook since. Since then, I estimate that I've made hundreds of kippot. They started as flat blue discs of double crochet that took a week to complete. Then came stripes, the correct shape, and a switch to single crochet (which I found gave my work more stability and just plain looked better). By the time I was old enough to become a camp counselor, I was taking commissions from friends, cranking out 10-15 kippot with custom colors, patterns, and graphics each summer. In 2004 I was asked to make 75 green kippot with a flower design for my sister's Bat Mitzvah. Since then the only kippot I've sold have been for charity. When I started teaching Hebrew School seven years ago, I wanted to make one for each of my students, but when I realized I wouldn't…

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  • Born on August 18
  • Joined December 12, 2011

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Cotton thread, acrylic yarn

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I'm a guy who crochets! I'm also a first-year law student and Hebrew school teacher currently living in Boston. I learned to crochet at summer camp 15 years ago and have been carrying around a hook since. Since then, I estimate that I've made hundreds of kippot. They started as flat blue discs of double crochet that took a week to complete. Then came stripes, the correct shape, and a switch to single crochet (which I found gave my work more stability and just plain looked better). By the time I was old enough to become a camp counselor, I was taking commissions from friends, cranking out 10-15 kippot with custom colors, patterns, and graphics each summer. In 2004 I was asked to make 75 green kippot with a flower design for my sister's Bat Mitzvah. Since then the only kippot I've sold have been for charity. When I started teaching Hebrew School seven years ago, I wanted to make one for each of my students, but when I realized I wouldn't be able to, I started raffling them off to the kids. One of my favorite hobbies at Friday night services is to count how many "Greg kippot" I can find on people.

I'm very detail-oriented and over the years I've refined my process to work out any imperfections. The proper shape, seamless invisible color changes, and the elimination of joining stitches at the beginning and end of a row have become standard features of my kippot, and I'm still learning new techniques all the time.

For me, as long as I have some yarn, there is no such thing as wasted time. Waiting around, sitting in a meeting, and even watching TV become productive.

I can put just about any design (teams, college logos, bands, words, symbols, geometric patterns, etc.) into a kippah. I don't embroider them -- I crochet them in as I go. (See the listings in my store for examples). If you want it in a kippah, I can make it happen!

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