Part 1: Youthful Beginnings

April 23, 2017


"My first blanket and pillow set is still a source of  pride and joy for me."


I grew up watching my mother crochet and I was fascinated.  Around the impressionable age of 5, I decided that I wanted to learn. That mother-daughter bonding experiment did not go as expected.  It was a real fiasco—the teaching part that is.  Mom was extremely talented but patient she was not. Her stint as a teacher lasted less than 24-hours with yarn and needle gracing the trash can.


In my early teen, I caught the bug again but this time I took the initiative and taught myself how to read crochet books, then the technique of crochet stitches.  It came more naturally to me than I expected and I gained confidence.  I shared my interest with an older cousin who then taught me a very simple square pattern, which I used to crochet my first project: a yellow, blue and white blanket with matching pillow. 


I don’t think that Mom ever discovered that I cut up her pillowcase to create the lining for my pillow—and I’m still not telling. This project fueled my entrepreneurial spirit and before long I was selling custom pillow sets to my neighbors. I think a few more pillow cases disappeared during that business venture.


My first blanket and pillow set is still a source of pride and joy for me. It makes me smile every time I think about or look at it. I have no idea why I chose those colors, but I do remember many, many hours spent in the living room calculating how many squares I needed of each color and patiently weaving life into my little masterpiece.


Yes, I still love it.

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The art of crochet has been a natural extension of my rich Caribbean heritage as far as I can remember.

With over 20 years of creative experimentation as my inspiration, I founded Channai Couture Collection to share my passion and preserve my family legacy for this beautiful art of expression.  I hope you love the collection as much as I enjoy making each one-of-a-kind travel blanket for your pleasure.