I’m a mum of two, a teen girl and her younger brother, living on the Wet Coast of British Columbia, Canada. I used to sew a lot for them, but as everyone warned me, as they’ve gotten older, they don’t think homemade clothes are “cool” anymore. I miss sewing for my kids, but they do still ask me to make pyjama pants, so that’s some consolation.
I’ve been a seamstress since I was 13. My love of fabrics started with my paternal grandmother, whose attic sewing room I remember vividly. At a very early age, I used to sit by the window and watch her sew. Sometimes, I’d come home with new clothes. She taught me about fabric, sewing patterns, and how to sew a button. She let me rummage through her fabric so that I could pick a piece for a new skirt to wear when I went home the next day. I have nothing but happy memories of sewing with my grandmother.
While all of my friends were complaining about being “forced” to learn to sew in eighth grade, I was excited and looked forward to sewing class. I still remember the terrible Bermuda shorts I made that spring, and I wore them to death, whereas most of my classmates wouldn’t be seen dead in theirs. I spent all of eleventh and twelfth grades enrolled in sewing and pattern drafting classes. I had ambitions of being a fashion designer. Sadly, school was unaffordable, so I put that dream on a shelf. It didn’t end my love of sewing, however. I have been known go through dry spells from time to time, but most of the time, I’m passionate about this craft, and if I’m not working on a project, I’m probably planning one, or reading about a new technique. I love making things, and have a stash of fabric that is just begging to be turned into something wearable.
I’m also a knitter. My maternal grandmother taught me the basics when I was about 15, but I only learned how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. She didn’t teach me to read patterns, and I got bored with making dishcloths, so I gave it up until 2006, when some online friends started talking about knitting, and the bug bit me. The basics came back pretty quickly, and I’ve since learned how to read patterns and have become passionate about knitting. I never have fewer than two projects on my needles, and I can frequently be seen knitting in public. I picked up techniques very quickly thanks to internet tutorials, and much to my surprise, discovered a passion for knitting lace shawls.
I’m an English style knitter. I learned that way, and though I’ve tried knitting Continental several times, it feels unnatural to me. I’ll stick with English style, rather than making myself crazy trying to fix something that isn’t broken. So far, most of my knitting has been gifted, but in the last couple of years, I’ve started knitting for myself more.
I’ll share photos and information about the things I make, with a smattering of life stuff, photography (I’m not that good at it yet, but I am learning) and maybe a recipe or two. Enjoy.