Loyal readers know this about me from this post, as the weather gets colder, I cannot seem to help but be constantly creating. I’m sure the long hours spent indoors are partly to blame, but already I find my little fingers itching for a needle and thread or crochet hook.
So today, we turn to Mona, spinner of yarn and another woman with busy hands, for a little insight into her world.
Why do you create what you do?
I have always enjoyed be creative. I have been creative since I was a child. I taught myself first to embroider, then crochet, knit, spin, and weave. It was just a natural evolution. My hands are always busy, and sometime sore.
How did you to learn to spin?
I am a self taught spinner. I started out on a drop spindle, then went to a kick wheel, and finally to a spinning wheel. I learned a lot from videos on You Tube, and also from reading about spinning.
Where do you find wool in the modern age?
I order most of my wool from the Internet. Sometimes I buy wool at Art Festivals.
What is your greatest challenge?
Finding time to get everything done, and taking good photos. I have so much to learn yet about taking good photos of my products.
What inspires you?
I let everything inspire me. The sights, sounds, feel, taste, and smell of nature. I get inspiration from books and movies also. I can really find inspiration just about anywhere.
How did you discover etsy.com?
A knitting friend told me about Etsy. I started my shop in January of 2009, at first just selling mitten patterns, and stitch markers. I add new things all the time. Etsy is a part time gig for me, I take care of my 1-year-old grandson, who keeps me very very busy! You can also find all of my mitten and sock patterns here.
Make what you love. Oh, and take good photos!