I have one girl cousin my age, and we spent a lot of time together as kids. Growing up with three brothers, she was the sister I never had. When her parents divorced, I’d join her when she spent the weekend at her dad. When we started to outgrow My Little Pony and Barbies, one of our shared hobbies was knitting. We spent a lot of weekends sitting side by side, working on various knitted toys.
Last year I rediscovered the fun of knitting – just in time for winter. And when I learned I was pregnant again – after the morning sickness passed – I had the urge to start knitting baby things. Things requiring new skills, like fancy stitches and circular needles. Who ever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
I never would have said knitting was addictive, but I find myself knitting whenever I get a chance. Is there possibly a Knitters Anonymous I can join? “Hi, my name is Melanie and I’m a knitter.”
I don’t know about you, but these days I feel guilty about having a hobby just for the sake of having a hobby. (Oh, for the carefree days of childhood!) In a couple of weeks I’ll be the mom of three children, and as a mostly stay-at-home, homeschooling mom I often wonder how I can contribute more to providing for our family. In addition to striving for a simpler, more frugal lifestyle, I have decided to turn my knitting hobby into something productive.
I have started taking orders on my Facebook page Girl with a Purl Earring. Even if you don’t buy anything, I would appreciate it if you visited the page and liked a few posts. (Pretty please. With a cherry on top.)
A portion of each item ordered goes toward our church’s community outreach programme, so it’s not just my family that you’re supporting when you order from me.
In the meantime, my knitting needles are calling.
Have you turned a hobby into a business?