Howdy!  If you're wondering what this blog is about, I'll give you the short version - I post free knitting and crochet patterns I designed myself!  (If you're looking for paper-craft projects, I have those too - check out my Tumblr.)  If you already figured out what this blog was for and now want to know who I am, read on...

My name is Rachel Petersen, a Wisconsinite crafting and marketing under the business name Road to Grinnell.  I'm a crocheter, knitter, paper-crafter, upcycler, pattern designer, pathetic fine-artist, and more.  I create with whatever medium strikes me, but I am primarily a crocheter and paper-crafter.  Yarn, patterned paper, and ink pads are my staples, and I love to repurpose found objects.  I'm a down-to-earth artist; I like to create objects that are functional in everyday life.  (Note:  An object counts as "functional" if it uses something I already have on hand.  Doesn't matter how wacky and useless the object is - if it uses up stash supplies, it's functional.)  But above all, I love to encourage others to create.

That's why I joined the blogosphere.  To post patterns, designs, projects, ideas, tips, and tricks.  Share a few ideas, showcase a few finished items - anything to encourage you to go out and create!  So, please - browse around, drop me your feedback if you have any, and go "make something useful"!

Just for fun...  The name "Road to Grinnell" comes from the comfy little town of Grinnell, Iowa.  I used to live there and would love to return; hence, the name has nostalgic feelings for me.  But, no, I am not an alumni of Grinnell College, just in case you were going to ask.  *smile*

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Please note:  All patterns and pictures posted on this site are (c) by Rachel Petersen (Road to Grinnell), unless otherwise noted.  However, unless otherwise noted, items made from the patterns can be used for your personal or commercial use.  If you're interested in republishing one of my patterns, please contact me for permission.  I do not endorse any outbound links displayed at the bottom of the blog; they are part of the licensing agreement for the design template.  If you have any questions or feedback, please contact me.