My given name is Helena. I mostly go by Helen, but you can call me Rhelena. It’s my last initial placed in front of my given name and pronounced with an R instead of an H. It is the name I want to associate with all my crochet patterns and blogs. My new name came as a result of me not wanting to share my personal information online when I first came on the scene back in 2007.
So if you write or speak about my crochet patterns, blog or website, please refer to me as Rhelena…just because. :)
My sisters taught me the very basics of crochet when I was little, and later in life I further taught myself to crochet, read patterns, and design my own crochet patterns. When I think about it now, the only thing my sisters taught me was the double crochet stitch. I don’t recall them ever showing me how to start a project, how to join a round or anything like that. They would do that for me because they didn’t think I was smart enough to do it myself. (or maybe they just didn’t have the patience for me. :) )
So basically I’m self-taught by following other people’s patterns.
When I was about 12 years old my youngest sister and I worked on a huge blanket to cover the couch. I remember having so much fun that I thought it would be cool to make a living with crocheting one day. She sat on one end of the couch and I on the other. She started the rows and worked up to a certain point and I would finish the rows. Did we crochet with the same tension? I have no idea, but we finished the colorful striped blanket and ended up using it for many years to come.
In addition to crocheting, I also enjoy sewing, knitting and crossstitching. I’ve also played around with making my own candles and soaps. Above all, however, I love to crochet and design new crochet patterns. So that is my main topic at this time, but in the future I hope to spread out more into other crafts as well.
When I first came online my goal was to crochet for others. Not knowing that you could use other people’s patterns for selling finished items I began to design my own. My health kept getting worse and it got to the point where I was unable to crochet as much as I wanted to, and that’s when I began to focus on designing patterns instead.
One of the reasons that I started this website was to share my patterns with others. Another was to try and earn some money by displaying advertisements.
You can also connect with me at the following places:
Currently you will find a few ads in the right sidebar as well as on the top and bottom of the pages. After experimenting with several programs, I discovered that Google Adsense worked the best. The remaining ads will primarily consist of Google ads and Chitika, Project Wonderful as well as some ads from Amazon and Ebay.
The way it works is that if you click through to Amazon or Ebay and make a purchase, then I receive a fraction of the profit. As for Google Adsense and Chitika, I receive a small amount when an ad is clicked. The amount depends on what the advertiser agreed to bid on in order to be displayed in the ad slot.
As an ad publisher, it is my duty to inform you that third party vendors, such as Google and Chitika, will generally install cookies on your computer in order to display targeted ads based on your online activities. At the same time, it is important that each Internet user has a pleasant online experience, and therefore, has the choice to opt out of these types of programs at any time.
You can find out more about what type of information Chitika collects from you here. On that page you also have the option to opt out from Chitika advertisements showing up on your screen.
As for Google, you can visit this page for an in-depth article on how their program works, what type of information they collect and how you can opt out of their program.
You can also visit the Network Advertising Initiative for a list of other programs that you might want to opt out of.