My youngest has a behavior disorder which has required me to quit my childcare business, and I had to find a source of income. I turned to my knitting and crafting as a way not only to help support us, but to allow me the time to spend with my kids. I started out knitting with thrift store yarn and yarn from deconstructed sweaters. Anything I could get ahold of really! I call my biz Poor Girl Couture for a reason, as I started it from scratch withthrift store supplies and alot of books. This business has really grown over the past year, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the support of my fiance and my family.
I am a huge Geek
I cannot follow a pattern without rewriting it(not how the results will be, but the process)
I can't fo one thing at a time
I have crafting ADD
What got you started crafting?
I have been obsessed with crafting and art since I was a child. My mother and grandmother taught me to knit when I was very young. My mum doesn't have an artsy hand, so she let me take oddles of arts and craft classes when I was a kid. I have 2 kids, and ran an in-home child care for years; and arts and crafts are the way of life with young kids.
What is your source of inspiration?
I have a million sources of inspiration! Every where I look I see things....something a person is wearing, a particulr tree, a color, the weather, or something in the twenty library books I bring home weekly! I always see something and think, "Hey...I can do that!"
What have you made recently?
I just finished my very first hood! I knit it with a brown, wool faux fur, and put little bear ears on it. I saw a polar bear beanie in a book I have, but the pattern was a huge process. I took a pixie hood pattern and altered it to fit the size of yarn and needles I wanted to use (the bigger, the faster!) At first I forgot to decrese the amount of stitches to account for the size and almost knit a furry poncho! (Trial and error!) I altered the ear pattern too (also too time consuming) and finished it up! It is really cute! My daughter is fighting me for it, but I told her she had to knit her own (she knows how!) She plans to knit a fox hood.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell mostly on Etsy, but I do attend a few holiday events throughout the year.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
When I was a kid we made our own stuff, mum made most of my clothes, we went picking and canning each year...we took are of ourselves. I have always lived this way as much as I can. I just can't bring myself (nor can I afford to) pay $30 for a fascinator I can make for $5. always see things and their price tags and think, I can make that! All I need is....
Now that I have to work from home, I use this advantage to create all of the things I love, and share them with others