I’ve always liked being creative, in theory, but I didn’t have the patience to be very good with it until more recently. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was quite young, and it’s a hobby I’ve picked up and put down since then. It’s probably only been since I was pregnant with my son, Hunter, who’s now 3, that knitting has become a more regular part of my life, and I’d now say I’m an advanced intermediate knitter.
After having my daughter, Abigail, who’s now 8 months old, I wanted to do something for myself, so I signed up for a beginner sewing class at my local fabric store Patch Halifax. My sister-in-law, Suzanne, is an incredibly talented sewer (sewist? seamstress? what does one call someone who sews these days?), and I’ve always wished I could learn to do what she does. Plus, I love beautiful fabric, and if I could learn to sew myself, I’d have an excuse to buy some! After nearly failing Home Ec in junior high, I was terrified. I have very distinct memories of jamming the sewing machine, breaking needles, and making projects that bore very little resemblance to the teacher’s examples. God bless my mother, who still proudly displays my gingerbread man and rocking horse felt ornaments each Christmas!
The class I took, however, was amazing. The instructor, Linnet, was wonderful, and I think explained the basics I was missing in Grade 7 within the first 15 minutes of the class. By the end of the class, I had produced an infinity scarf that looked pretty darn good, if I do say so myself, and felt confident that I could repeat the process myself (which I did 6 more times for Christmas gifts)! I signed up for a second class to make a flag bunting, and that went pretty well, too. If you’re local to Halifax and at all interested in sewing, I can’t recommend the classes at Patch Halifax highly enough!
My husband could tell I was really enjoying sewing and decided buying me a machine for Christmas would be more economical than paying by the hour to sew in Patch Halifax’s workshop, although that was a great option and is always lots of fun! Suzanne helped me get my new machine up and running, and she taught me how to make Amy Butler’s Market Tote pattern over the holidays.
Needless to say, I definitely now have a new addiction! Between my knitting and sewing and other random craft projects I come up with, I want to have a place to track what I’m working on and display my finished projects. So, here we are! A place to write about and post pictures of my forays into domesticity. You’ll definitely see posts about my knitting and sewing. I am not much in the kitchen, but I did rather enjoy the Christmas baking I did this year, so you never know – there may be some posts about that too. And, I will likely also post about my kids and my experiences with parenting some. I hope you enjoy sharing my journey with me!