~ Jen Pepin

Maya Trudelle King, a lifelong Nelson resident, is hooked on crochet work. Crochet is a process of creating textiles by using a crochet hook to connect loops of yarn. Unlike knitting, each stitch is completed before the next is begun, and eventually the interlocking loops create a beautiful work of art.

As a dedicated crochet artist, it seems fitting that, in her years as a Nelson resident, Maya has also helped create a tightly woven network within the community. She was born in the quiet solitude of Nubanusit Road, and although her family moved several times, they always remained within Nelson town lines. Maya loved attending Nelson School and especially adored teacher Cindy Benner. At the age of seven, her babysitter, Joan Warner, taught her to crochet. Maya was instantly taken by this form of creativity and found it was a fulfilling way to spend the long winter months so far from friends, plus a change of pace from playing with her younger brother, Corey. She continued developing her skills throughout her work with 4-H, which had a craft-based branch in Nelson. “It was a great way to connect with other kids in the area and explore crafts together,” she recalls. As she neared high school, priorities of school work and caring for Thunder, her pony, forced her to put crochet away. About six years ago, Maya attended a craft fair and was compelled to pick up her crochet hook again. She has not put it down since.

Maya’s story includes many serendipitous connections. At the age of two, she met Trevor King, the son of a family friend in Harrisville who took care of her once when Joan wasn’t available. Trevor was wearing a yellow raincoat, and Maya was so enamored by this meeting that she spent her childhood talking about this memory and assuming any little boy in a yellow raincoat must be “her Trevor.” Fast forward twenty years, and Maya was now working at Carlisle Flooring. Through word of mouth from a family friend, she found out that Trevor worked at Carlisle as well. Even more amazing, he worked no more than 100 feet from her desk! Maya summoned the courage to meet her long-lost Trevor. He wasn’t wearing a yellow raincoat, but she knew he was still the one.

Maya describes planning their wedding as a series of connections where her hairdresser knew a photographer who in turn knew a musician, and so on, each falling into place one stitch at a time. In the months leading to their wedding at the Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey, Maya and Trevor were having a difficult time finding a house to call their own. It was only fitting that the owner of the company they worked for, Dale Carlisle, would stumble upon the perfect house for them, newly for sale in the woods of Munsonville, while he was out deer hunting.

Maya, Trevor and Cameron

Still in the same house today, the King family has grown with the addition of son Cameron. Cameron is a friendly and busy four-year-old who ice skates, dabbles in music, and is learning how to ride and care for the one and only Thunder. He will be attending Nelson School in the fall and will come full circle with Ms. Benner as his kindergarten teacher.

The demands of motherhood and working both in the finance department and as the lone Human Resource Director for an international company are great, but Maya is up to the task. Carlisle Flooring recognized her hard work and commitment with their Leading Edge Award in 2020, awarded to an employee that goes above and beyond. Maya prides herself on her time management skills as the reason she can juggle so many responsibilities – all while creating an impressive volume of crocheted pieces to share with family and friends.

You can find Maya’s work for sale at The Cheshire Horse on Route 10 South in Swanzey, as well as at various craft fairs in the area. Learn more on her Facebook page, King’s Crafts.