You may know that I’m a bit of knitter. Some would say ‘obsessed’, but they’d be wrong of course, it’s simply an activity that I am somewhat passionate about.
Frankly I just love to make things. I enjoy the satisfaction of creating something with my hands, wearing it, and then experiencing deep joy when folks make a compliment. While I was out in South Africa I knitted a skirt – still one of my greatest accomplishments – and when my sweet friend, Cion, saw it and discovered that I had made it she took great delight in announcing to everyone we met:
“Hey, do you like Ellie’s skirt? She made it!”
However, though I do love to knit (especially, especially on trains), it’s a bit of a delayed-gratification kind of craft. For example: the skirt that I made last year was started in March, just after I arrived in Jo’burg, and I finished it at the end of October – not exactly something I can whip up over a weekend.
So, these days I’m exploring the art of sewing, for a bit of a speedier finished article.
Back in June I spent an evening with the lovely church ladies, learning to make some sweet necklaces, and getting a refresher course in how to work a sewing machine. Since then I’ve been sewing up a mini storm, and I just love it.
Projects completed so far include:
- a turquoise linen-mix wraparound skirt
- a red, floor-length, tiered skirt
- a green and brown tartan shift dress
- a green and brown tartan A-line skirt
- a red and polka-dot apron
- a necklace
I’m hoping to work on it more and more, and potentially open up an Etsy shop, once I’ve settled in Newcastle. Probably selling things like the necklaces, aprons, cushion covers and maybe bags.
A question for y’all?
What stuff do you think I should make to sell?
In summary: creativity joy.