As I aim to share as much knitting, crochet, and other crafts that I get up to on this blog it is only logical that I should also write something about my mum - the biggest inspiration for my crafting and the most avid and enthusiastic crafter/woman I've ever had the joy to know! This is a post that I’ve wanted to write for a long time, and I have so many things I want to tell you about her, but writing this hasn’t come as easily as I first thought, probably because I just want to make sure I get it as right as I possibly can.
You see, devastatingly, she passed away just over 4 years ago. I think about her every day but since starting this blog back in March about all the knitting and crochet I love to do I've been thinking about her even more. I like to imagine her enthusiasm for this which I know she would have shared with me. Perhaps she might have even written a contribution now and then. She was huge on all things crafty and liked to share her passion online in forums and emails. A particular favourite of hers was the beautifully named Green Sock on Left Foot on Tuesday online club - or GSOLFOT for short - for people who make miniature crafts, where every member was given a title and an imaginary tower to house their digital offices in - aren't crafty folk amazing?
|a couple of mum's cheeky gnomes|
Mum was always a smiling, patient, caring, warm, talented, beautiful woman who was unrelenting in her creativity. If only I could show you the back room in our house 4 years ago, with piles of craft supplies from floor to ceiling, and you could perhaps begin to grasp the edges of an idea of her love for crafting! This rubbed off on all of us kids in our various ways, but it was only since she has gone that I seem to have increased my passion tenfold for crafting, having discovered knitting and crochet. This, truthfully, does make me a little sad, because I can't help but feel that every time I learn a new technique, or make a sale, or even just write a particularly good blog post, that mum would have been so excited and proud.
|made for me by mum - based on Saphira (Eragon)|
But mostly it makes me really happy. This blog, and everything I make, in its own way is a testament to my mum and the creativity that she has passed down to me, and also my sister (who recently learned to knit) and my two brothers. Dad too has always been very creative with his modelling and he enjoys reading my blog (I like that we are a creative family!), and I do make sure to show him things that I’m making/working on. It makes us all smile to say that mum would have liked something, like when we went to see the new Paddington film just the other day - she would have loved that!
I’m fairly certain that mum had at least sampled all the crafts you could possibly imagine (and we still almost have all of the tools to do them at home – at least 75% of my yarn stash used to be mums). She became extremely proficient in sewing delicate miniature bears/animals with mohair, and also attended a weekly adult sculpture class at the college near our house. You can see how marvellous she was in these pictures, again only the tip of the iceberg of the sorts of things she would make!
Everyone knows that their mum is the best mum in the world, and my mum was definitely the best mum in the world! I mean I’ve barely scratched the surface with how awesome she was! I will be heartbroken forever that she isn’t here any more, but I definitely think about her with more smiles as time goes on. And I know that she would be really impressed with everything that I’m doing at the moment. I’m sorry if you didn’t get to meet her but you definitely would have loved her :)