My mum is the craftiest person to ever live.
No exaggeration necessary.
She can take one look at something and know how it was made, and then recreate the effect within days.
She has made furniture.
She makes clothes.
She knows more about craft then I could ever possibly learn.
As I grew up, she had a patchwork shop and quilting class business.
Her newest thing is to make paper quilts and frame them.
I don’t know exactly what that involves, but it looks awesome.
It comes as no surprise that my sister is also craftily and artistically blessed.
Much to both their chagrin, I am not.
I’ve tried so many crafts.
But my lack of patience and lets face it, lack of interest, have impeded the learning process.
I can knit. I find it relaxing.
My Nanna taught me when I was a child and it’s the only crafting skill I retained from my childhood.
But I end up just knitting massive rectangles, unwinding them and then starting all over again.
I always wanted to learn how to crochet.
My mum has tried multiple times to teach me.
To absolutely no avail.
Every attempt at teaching me ended in exasperation.
And she may or may not have called me an idiot.
In the nicest possible way, I’m sure…
I get frustrated just trying to teach the Two how to use a spoon.
I can’t begin to understand how frustrating it must be for such a crafty woman to have a daughter who is all thumbs.
But one day, as I was Instagramming, I saw that Amelia from Wedding, Babies and Everything had made a granny square.
And I wanted to be able to do it so desperately.
So I found these two balls of wool.
When the stress and inevitable inactivity that a twin pregnancy brings sent me batty.
And my mum bought me this wool and some knitting needles.
Because she knew it would relax me.
And that I wouldn’t care that all I was doing was making massive rectangles.
I don’t know how many times I’ve wound and unwound this wool.
But I decided that “this time” I was going to make use of all my uncrafty thumbs and force them into crochet submission.
I watched the Granny Square 101 videos at Meet Me At Mikes a zillion times.
And then a zillion more times.
This was the result:
I had my a-ha moment. I “got it”!
She even made me a yarn bag and bought me a huge stash of wool, as well as parting with some of her favourite skeins.
I decided that before I try to make a cardigan, I’d try my hand at hats.
I bought a 4 pack of patterns from Etsy. And made one of all of them.
Which had everything to do with my craft mongability factor and nothing to do with the wool or pattern.
Which I now know because after 57 attempts and unwinding and restitching, I actually made it work.
My craft blog would be full of pictures of monged up attempts.
Punctuated with swearing and tantrums.
Actually, that blog sounds awesome…