Something that will really last...
Handmade items have always been a part of my life,
from the time I was born. One blanket was even lovingly handstitched by my mother just days before my birth.
That was nearly 22 years ago. I still have that blanket, and both of my children have been lovingly snuggled in
it, just as I was. Just as my 3 sisters after me were. Just as my future grandchildren will be.
does a blanket you buy in a store get saved, and used for 3 generations of children? Not often, they're not
I have dozens of handmade blankets, dresses, sweaters, hats that were saved over the years. I
will use them, and then save them again. Handmade items are something that will last.
The above photo
features my daughter wearing a sweater that my great grandmother knit for one of my younger sisters, and a
Tadpoles n Butterflies t-shirt made just for her.
The Little Things
I love the little things. As in, the little
whiskers stitched on my red kitty or the tiny felt berries made for a family of felt gnomes.
like to make little things. I think little things have big character. They're easy for tiny hands to hold and
don't take up too much space. When I was a little kid I loved to set up miniature dollhouse scenes, and
everything would be perfect down to the last miniscule cup for a two-inch doll to hold. I still like to set up
scenes, and I still delight at seeing tiny versions of things.
And anyway, isn't it the little things that
The Leading Thread
My introduction to the wonder of handmade was thru
my love of yarn. I. Love. Yarn. I'm pretty sure I need a support group for it, but the closest I could get was a
couple of stitch n'bitches at a local yarn shop, and a spinning class.
There was something about being handed
a big pile of in-the-grease roving, going thru the process of washing that, spinning it and ending up with this
beautiful skein of yarn in my hands that connected me instantly to something much deeper and primitive and primal.
I haven't put my spinning wheel down since.
My yarn addiction was furthered after finding sites like Etsy and
Hyena Cart and the colors of yarn that you would never find in JoAnn. I was hooked. It subsequently inspired me to
start dyeing my own yarn and rovings.
Along the way I picked up a sub-addiction. Sock knitting. Everyone on my
Christmas list is getting custom made hand knit socks. I've been hoarding sock yarn like it's going out of
Handmade inspires me because it dares you to take something ordinary and make it truly unique, truly
rare. And never is a a handmade item created without a tiny spark of the creator's soul in it.