Barryton Crochetier transforms skeins of yarn into living creatures


BARRYTON – Boredom can sometimes breed creativity, and one Barryton artisan has turned her passion for crocheting into a small craft business.

Brittany Snider, a Barryton resident, began researching the art of crocheting to help overcome boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

Snider said the craft helped her relieve stress.

“I started out by borrowing a needle and a ball of thread from a friend to practice with and somehow found my hidden talent,” Snider said. “From there, I had several members of our community donate leftover yarn that they had lying around and I turned that into hats and scarves for our town, giving trees and small projects for my kids.”

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Through her small business, aptly named Crochet Critters, Snider makes all sorts of crocheted items, ranging from animals to magical creations like dragons.

Snider takes custom orders for her creations and can make anything from wearable art like hats, gloves and scarves to complex amigurumi.

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed yarn creatures.

According to The Crochet Crowd, the art of crocheting emerged as a modern art form in the mid-1820s and became most popular in England. Its direct predecessor was the “shepherd’s knitting” practiced in Denmark. The other precursor was tambour embroidery, which originated in China.

Snider got help learning the craft from a cousin and then went on to teach himself the craft.

“I’ll admit I’m not the best, but I’m learning and it’s a lot of fun,” Snider said, “However, my personal favorites are my hands-free stash jar critters. There’s no pattern to create them, so they’re all 100% unique and you can hide pretty much anything that fits in.”

Snider runs a Facebook page under the name Crocheted Creatures and shares all of her creations and takes custom order requests.


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