For the love of knitwear.
What inspires me to buy handmade is the fact that i can ensure, that love was put into
whatever it may be that i have bought. Recently i bought some hand dyed yarn from a WONDERFUL indie dyer to make
socks, and i wear my socks with pride, knowing HOW much love is in them.
She is our Inspiration..
How can I look at the face of my wee spryte and not
use/make/buy/support handmade and natural products? Knowing that we are helping other families like ours- giving
smiles to other children like ours- and keeping the earth less polluted by supporting handmade goods is a simple
enough reason for us. When you buy something handmade it is a gift to yourself, your family, the family that made
it, and our earth. To me it is amazing to be able to give such a gift to so many people by purchasing something we
need anyway. We are on a very tight budget so we also have a need to have high quality, long lasting, efficeint
products for our family. Handmade items last us far longer than any mass produced item ever has. Plastic toy-
broke and in the landfill within a week or so. Wood blocks- 10 yrs later she is still playing with them and comes
up with new games/ideas for them every day. So which was more cost efficeint?
Knowing where it came from..
My family buys handmade or homegrown because we like to know where our goods
come from and where the money is going. I love spending my hard earned money on something that I know was made
with heart. I love knowing that I'm supporting another small business, or that I may be helping to keep a Mom,
Dad or both at home.
Head, Heart and Handmade
When my children were growing up we had
a family policy that most gifts were to either be handmade by them or someone "tangible". That person was often
me and we would spend time thinking up a wonderful gift that would be unique to the recipient.
I was also
brought up having a reverence for the handmade item. My mother reminds me that I once said "When I grow up I want
to make stuff and people will buy it". So now I put my head, heart and hands into all that I create.
Inspired by Every Baby and Image I`ve Seen
Inspiration comes from all over. Your
children, all other children, and all that surrounds you.
I started sewing by hand at 4 when my mother started
to teach me to make Yo Yo`s. It was miraculous to me. From that moment my appreciation for all things handmade
I can not help myself in stopping at a fair and purchasing and googling over so many crafts.
part of who I am now. Something I am passing down to my children.
This past fall my mom visited and started to
teach my daughter to crochet. I saved the first chain she made and a photo of the two working together. An image
forever ingrained in my memories. This of course lead me to scrap book. Now that is another story.
inspiration and the need to craft comes from all over, so when you purchase something handmade you are in turn
sharing in that inspiration and experience.