TinkerBalls & Sensory Toys- Follow Us on IG @rjkcrochet

Burlington, Massachusetts
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Rebecca J. Keddy

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Rebecca J. Keddy


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Sales 2,673
On Etsy since 2012

About RJK Crochet & The TinkerBall

HI my name is Rebecca Keddy and I’m a Yarn Addict. (Giggle).
I have always been a crafter. Growing up in a small town in New Brunswick, Canada, I never had enough to do in the winter time. So, when I was about 8, my mother and the other women in my family began introducing me to different crafts to “keep me out of trouble”.
The first craft I learned was cross stitch. Mum made it a competition--the winner got bragging rights. I won!!!
As a kid, I was sick a lot with bronchitis and walking pneumonia. This meant lots of time on the couch with nothing to do, so I learned how to knit. For years, I was a dedicated knitter, producing many wonderful items. A budding entrepreneur even at that tender age, I parlayed my knitting skills into a few small businesses, primarily making scarves on a knitting machine. RJK Knits was one of my first venture, creating “famous kid wizard” and themed football team scarves.
Being a highly passionate yarn creative, I’ve always been eager to progress my craft, even branching out into to knit pot holders, and even exploring new crafts such as stained glass production.
But my first love has always been yarn work because it’s so peaceful and calming – sort of a manual meditation which helped me though several difficult periods in my life.
In 2015 I was in Canada visiting my Brother and sister-in-law, an avid crocheter. I’d always wanted to learn crocheting, but to my great frustration, couldn’t master the stitching. The whole chain and turn thing always threw me for a loop, no pun intended. As for following a pattern phhewww—forget that!
But watching her, I got to thinking that maybe I’d developed the patience and discipline to finally master Crochet. In fact, I got so excited I went all in, buying many books and humongous amounts of yarn. I started crocheting baby blankets for every person I knew who was pregnant. It became an obsession—because, I rarely do things in moderation! I even started producing a daily blog focused on different types of stitches until I knew I needed a break.
A few years later, I discovered a chenille yarn that so tickled my fancy I decided to start a line of baby afghans. Along the way, I could see my cats loved this yarn as much as I did, so I made some cat toys. What I love most about crocheting with chenille yarn is how easy it is to create so many shapes in large quantities and quickly too. Think stuffed animals, tubes, balls, and larger round-shaped items like pet beds.
At this point, all I wanted to do was crochet after work, which eventually left me with a ton of inventory. So I decided to sign up for some shows where the cat toys really took off. In fact, a lot of customers started saying they could use a toy like this to for themselves.
Thus was born the TINKERBALL.

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  • Rebecca J. Keddy

    Owner, Creator, Shipper

    Currently living in Burlington, MA. I picked up some Bernat Blanket Yarn in Spring 2017. I've not looked back. I created the TinkerBall as a cat toy. Then everyone wanted one for themselves. Excellent way to dissolve any type of anxiety or stress

  • Luka


    Mr. Luka. He is the main model for all our pet products. Tests all the cat beds and cat toys. Keeps me in line and let's me know when I've crocheted to much for the day.

  • Milo

    Quality Control

    Milo likes to sleep on the job...but is quick to wake up and test pet items. Is there to keep UPS on his toes and inspects every box from deliveries. He is a love.

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Last updated on Jan 11, 2021


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Wash - in Warm or Cold water on Delicate. Dryer - Tumble Dry, Low Heat or Delicate Cycle. I suggest using a garment bag or pillow case when washing and drying so items don't get caught the machine or other clothing. DO NOT BLEACH. Best results wash with towels or bedding.

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