Boy Becomes An Internet Sensation Thanks To His Amazing Crochet Tekkers
Some boys are into football, others like video games, but 11-year-old Jonah Larson is so good at crocheting that one month since he began sharing his creations on Instagram he's received more than 4,000 orders from all around the world.
Videos of Jonah's hooks moving at a breathtaking speed have captured the attention of thousands on social media and earned him more than 150,000 followers.
However, the talented boy from La Crosse, Wisconsin, says he doesn't do it for likes on Instagram.
He explained: "I don't crochet for the fame or the TV shows. I do it because it is a very calming activity that helps me relax. It also unites everyone around the world."
With that in mind earlier this year via RootsEthiopiaha, he donated a collection of his crocheted items to the Ethiopian orphanage his parents adopted him from, and auctioned some of his creations to send hundreds of dollars there, too.
"Jonah is all about charity work," explained his mum, Jennifer. "He has a GoFundMe page right now and has already raised over $12,000 for the village in Ethiopia where he was born. He wants to raise $15,000."
He also donates his crocheted items and the money raised goes to his village in Ethiopia where he was born as he hopes to make changes for kids and mothers in his village.
"It is very important for him to give back to the country he was born," added Jennifer.
He's also knitted his mum plenty of gifts, too - including a custom cardigan.
"I always can find something new to do, the next challenge. My goal now is to design items, crochet on TV shows and teach other people how to crochet."
Jonah is now working on a book about his crocheting and plans to continue trying out new designs.
Jonah discovered his passion at age of five by watching a YouTube tutorial which he said he still remembers "very vividly".
Since then, he has cultivated his skills by practicing every day from two to five hours a day.
But while it will always be a hobby he's passionate about, Jonah revealed that his dream is to become a surgeon.
Jonah said: "I think my hand dexterity can help me become a great surgeon. I will always crochet on the side but would be nice to also help people that way."
Jennifer added: "In the last month, he has received over 4000 orders from people all over the world, of which he was able to take up 100."
Because when you want to be a surgeon: school comes first.
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