My grandmother taught me to knit left handed when I was a child, first with spool knitting and then graduated to needles. Great you would think, but I am Right handed! I’ve tried switching to no avail, so I am cursed with mirror knitting (the lefty point of view).
After a 20 year hiatus, I started knitting again in 2005 when I needed a nice long scarf to wrap up in since winters in Canada are cold and blustery. Let’s say the scarf came out looking funny with one end done perfectly and the other end full of twisted stitches, dropped stitches subsequently picked up and turned around, purls that shouldn’t be there, etc. But I love it anyway and wear it every winter.
In 2008 I finally worked up the nerve to try on larger projects like cardigans and hoodies and small lace items!
2009 and I’m doing lace shawls! The catalyst was my sister being diagnosed with cancer (again) and her request for a shawl. Sadly she never got to see her shawl as she passed away a week after I finished it. Her pain is over now, she rests in peace and I miss her.
I returned to crochet when I discovered the joy of Amigurumi toys. And rediscovered why I loved crochet. With all the new yarns and hooks available, crochet has become an absolute pleasure to design patterns for.
I have become a fearless crocheter and knitter with much cheering from my darling husband who’s Mom knit, my children and best friend who love what I make for them.
Over the past year, I have been a test crocheter for Smoothfox whose designs are beautiful to see and a pleasure to make. This experience has helped me become a fearless crocheter and has given me the courage to develop my own designs.
I also accept crochet work on commission to supplement my need for fibres of all types!
When I’m not crocheting, I can be found scribbling in my pattern development notebooks, spending time with my family, playing with Gambit^ and working.
^Gambit is the kitty in my avie. He’s our bengal baby, our joy, our reason for getting up at 6 am to feed his royal pain in the b… cough majesty. He suffers through humiliations trying on different outfits I’ve knit (see avie) but still comes back purring and loving us. Bestest kitty ever!