One of the first knitting books that I bought was 'Knitting Block by Block', by Nicky Epstein. This is a book that I have referred to time after time in the past 18 months! It quite literally teaches you new stitches in each block!
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It sounds quite boring, knitting squares, doesn't it?! I assure you, I never get bored as you soon finish a square and feel a sense of accomplishment that you've learnt a new stitch; I didn't realise there are sooooo many! I can get easily bored and have ended up with a lot of unfinished projects (yes, okay, my wooly blanket still isn't finished - but I do add more squares to it often and anticipate it being finished before the next winter...!), but with this book you can't possibly tire. To quote from the blurb on the book, 'No one forgets the sweet victory of completing that first swatch, but most of us quickly move on to more complex constructions. In this comprehensive volume, celebrated designer and innovator Nicky Epstein, reimagines the humble block with 150 new patterns and masterfully demonstrates how to mix, match, and easily combine them into stunning one-of-a-kind garments and accessories'. It's a fab book to get if you're a newbie or are just looking for some variety/quick knits.
So, from knitting and crocheting, I then re-ignited my love for cross stitching and discovered the joys of working with felt and sewing. As a child I also enjoyed sewing, in fact I was always making things; 'Blue Peter' was one of my favourite programmes! I think that I just lost this passion in my life as I got older and other responsibilities and demands took over my life, as they do! But thank goodness I've found it again! I want to quote from Austin Powers, that 'I've found my mojo', but I feel that refers to something entirely different and I don't have time (or desire) for that! I'm happily single, my boys and crafting are more than enough to make me smile. Oh, and Mork and Mindy! : )
Crafting has proved to be a great source of comfort, enjoyment and satisfaction! After going from being a busy full-time teacher and mother, I found it really difficult when I was suddenly unable to do very much at all. It has given me a purpose to my days, I can see what I have achieved each day and have enjoyed learning new skills.
I must also admit, that crafting isn't always 'rosy and rewarding', I have had many disasters (for example, my vision of a cute teddy that resulted in a demonic looking killer-bear and could actually have had a lead role in a horror film akin to 'Chucky'). The good thing about these 'failures' is that you learn from them (in the case of the killer-bear, I learnt that added felt tongues to cuddly toys really doesn't add appeal, and adding an 'arty' twinkle in the eye just looks downright scary).
Anyway, one day last year, I looked at one of my framed pictures which reads, 'Love what you do, do what you love'.
Believe it or not, it was this that gave me the idea to start up my own business, working from home. If you love what you do, it's half the battle.
As I said earlier, it is a scary thought, starting up and running your own business. But I'm excited to have a new beginning, something that I would never have anticipated happening! I'm learning every day and am sure that there will be hurdles along the way (isn't there always in life?!), but I am determined to get over these and learn from them - I might write about these too!
I hope as well, to be able to share my progress (and unpicking of seams) with others (namely YOU, who I must thank for reading on thus far!) and perhaps encourage them to try out a new hobby or learn from my ramblings!
Welcome to my world and to Crafted Chic! As a reward for reading right to the end, (you can tell I was a teacher can't you?!) I can't give you a sticker, so I've given you a funny little video to watch instead! ENJOY! Until next time x