Wednesday, April 25, 2012

it's a bird ... it's a plane ...


... it's my knitting hero! When it comes to the person who has had the most influence on my knitting and crafting career, it really is a no-brainer. This person ...
  • Put needle and thread into my hands at an early age, teaching me my first crafts--needlepoint and cross-stitch ...
  • Encouraged me to bring my crafts along and work on them during long road trips as a child, instilling a lifelong need to keep my hands busy as a passenger ...
  • Stood in line, filled out endless forms, and paid my entry fees so that I could enter my fledgling crafts in the state fair ...
  • Then endured packed crowds and long lines attending said state fair so that we could admire the ribbons our entries won ...
  • Surrounded me with tons of inspiration, as I grew up in a house filled with her own knitting, sewing, and crafting projects ... 
  • Taught me to appreciate the beauty and art of the handmade ...
  • Fixed my mistakes countless times when I fumbled as a beginner ... 
  • Repeatedly showed me how to cast-on (and cast-off) when I forgot how ...
  • Untangled countless balls of yarn ...
  • Bought me way too many books, kits, and supplies to count ...
  • Never said "no" when I wanted to learn something new or try a new craft ...
  • Drove me to the craft store over and over and over...
  • Was always willing to answer my crafting questions over the phone, no matter how many time zones away I lived ...
  • Now is a constant crafting "consultant," serving as my sounding board for color ideas and technique advice ...
  • Will happily join me on any adventure to seek out a hidden local yarn store or fabric shop ...
But perhaps most importantly of all, this person role-modeled an "of course you can make that" attitude that I count as one of my biggest crafting assets today ... she has no idea how much growing up in a "we can make that" household has cultivated my creativity and brought so much joy to my life. For me, making and creating is not a want, it's a must. Knitting, sewing, beading ... making ... creating ... it's what makes my heart happy and makes my soul sing. She was the first person to introduce this to my life, and I can't imagine what my life would be like without it ...
Thanks so much, Mom. You are my knitting hero.

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8 comments:

  1. Your Mom sounds amazing. One of my best friends is cultivating a similar attitude with her 6 year old daughter, who is already sewing on an adult sewing machine and recently asked me to teach her to knit. It is amazing seeing the lack of hesitation and fear when it comes to trying crafts. I'm sure it must apply to other areas of her life too. I'm sure that's what your mother hoped would happen with your too. It's an amazing gift to give to your child.

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  2. I agree, your mother does sound amazing! Nothing says I love you like the willingness to unravel a hopelessly tangled ball of yarn.

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  3. Your mama and my mama would have a blast together! It's nice to see I wasn't the only one who claimed their mama as their hero - crafty mamas are awesome!

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  4. aww this isa lovely post, I'm glad your mum is so wonderful - she sounds like a lovely lady. have a knitty wednesday xxx

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  5. What a fun and sweet post! I'm sure you've tickled her heart.

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  6. Love this post. I'm sure she did too. What a great tribute to the one who got you started.

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  7. Thanks, everyone! I can't believe how lucky I was to have this kind of environment growing up ... now for the hard part--trying to replicate this for my own little girl!

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  8. I love the whole picture of your mum standing in line and filling out forms at the fair for you. Only a mum would do that.

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