Hi! I’m Wendelika and I love to make things with yarn. I love my family and I love my Lord Jesus more than anything, but I really enjoy making things and teaching other people how to make things. I’ve done some oil painting, some simple wood carving, cake decorating, spinning, tatting, sewing, and embroidery but the two crafts that I keep coming back to are knitting and crochet.
I love wool and linen and cotton and silk and bamboo fibers. I love the different qualities that each fiber adds to the yarn. I love the differences that spinning methods can make in yarn. I especially love finding that perfect thing that the yarn wants to be.
I grew up with yarn in my hands. My grandma started it with Cat’s Cradle, then weaving pot holders with loops of nylon. When my first pot holder was woven, I had to get it off the loom somehow, so my mom taught me how to crochet the loops off the loom. That was my first experience with crochet.
Through the years, Grandma taught me how to knit, just to give me something to do. I wasn’t very good at sitting still. Mom taught me how to crochet granny squares and soon after, my dolls were all wearing the most amazing outfits – all based on granny square crochet. I figured out how to increase and decrease to get the shapes that I wanted mostly by trial and error.
As I grew older and the 70s, with their wild crocheted and otherwise handmade fashions morphed into the 80s, my love affair with yarn cooled down. I learned to play guitar (a little) and fancied myself to be a songwriter. I studied music seriously, played professionally with the 234th Army Band, Oregon Army National Guard and eventually, after marrying and becoming a stay at home mom, realized that I really missed my creative time. I had never completely given up knitting and crochet, but I dove into learning more techniques and made fiber arts more and more of a focus.
I believe that we can all learn so much from these creative experiences. New knitters/crocheters/crafters and experienced alike can work together to build each other up and learn together. The growth of the internet and its social media platforms has enabled us to share patterns, ideas and techniques in ways that we couldn’t have imagined until now. This blog is just a tiny speck in the blogosphere, but I hope to use it to connect with you, my crafting friend, and offer new ideas, tips and tricks for creating your own things with yarn.
Now is a great time to learn, to connect and to grow. Won’t you join me?