11-Year-old Crocheting Prodigy is Raising Thousands of Dollars for Orphans–One Stitch at a Time – Video

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An 11- year old kid, Jonah Larson, just looks like any other normal kid but is very different from other kids of his age. The kid loves his parents, adores Llamas and is a self-taught crochet prodigy. When he was 5-years old, he started his first project with the help of donated materials. He made a simple dishcloth with the help of a YouTube video tutorial, and since then he didn’t stop. 

He said, “I’m a very busy thinker, and I’m always thinking of ways to do things differently. Crocheting, to me, is quiet time because it relaxes my mind. And everybody should have something to relax their mind.”

Now the kid can make various types of products such as pumpkins, finger gloves, Afghans, doilies, ponchos, hats, warmers, and Llamas. The kid does not try to defray the cost of materials or sell his finished products, as it was made from the supplies, send to him by his fans around the world. 

He said, “It amazes me every single time, I just can’t believe people’s generosity.”

But it’s not the end, the 11-year old kid has his 6-part series named “Learn to Crochet with Jonah”.

He has also appeared on the cover page of “Crochet World” magazine, with a gorgeous Nordic Winter Afghan made by him, and he also has his episode on “Knit and Crochet Now”. The kid also has a YouTube channel named “Jonah’s Hands” with 126k subscribers.

Recently, he has also appeared on a Today show, Kelly Clarkson show, and now has gained national exposure. The kid has gained a lot of fame after his story got picked by Good Morning America, Inside Edition and NPR as their local news. 

In February, the kid also partnered with Atlanta-based 44-year-old designer Daniel Sheehan, who is now teaching him about his own fashion line Sheehan. He has also featured videos and pics with the boy on his social media channel. 

Daniel Sheehan said to LaCrosse Tribune, “It was this little boy with this little voice saying, ‘Hello, crochet friends,’ and it stopped me in my tracks. I showed my mom and I had tears in my eyes and she started crying. I sent a message to Jonah saying I wish he would have been my friend when I was 11 years old … Within 12 hours I had this beautiful response from Jonah.”

Jonah has amazing speed-crocheting skills and has a winning smile, it’s his genuine love for the people that keep him motivated to do this work. Recently, he has also started a fundraiser for building a library in Ethiopia, his hometown. So that he can help his friends in the orphanage, who he had left behind can read books. Until now, he had raised $20,000 and half of it has been sent to Root Ethiopia, a nonprofit organization, which provides basic resources such as science materials, school desks, books, blackboards and chairs.

On his fundraiser page, he said, “I want to hand children in Ethiopia the chance to unlock their own passion and potential. The talent and love that came from that gift can now spread across the globe and back to the beautiful country I love so much.”

Jonah said that in addition to growing his business, he wants to continue his education and wants to become a surgeon.