I write knitting patterns because it’s storytelling with my hands. Our voices and experiences matter. We can incorporate worlds into our stitches: memories, moments, feelings.”- Alicia Plummer
When I created this blog during my pregnancy with my youngest child, I wanted to write about my experiences in a “patchwork” or blended family. I am the mother of four children ranging from 4- 24 years, plus I have two teenage bonus kids. Little did I know that blogging would lead me to rediscover my love of crafting, and that my blog would change direction.
Since childhood I have enjoyed creating with fiber. It started with latch hook rugs and friendship bracelets when I was eight, later progressing to cross stitch. I’ve hand sewn Waldorf dolls for my children, started a patchwork quilt, learned wet and dry felting techniques, dabbled with embroidery, and became an avid knitter just before the pandemic hit. One day I’d like to learn spinning.
Though I’m originally from the Midwest of America, I’ve been a homemaker in rural Ireland since 2001. I work part-time as a dance-fitness instructor, but most of my energy is dedicated to slow parenting. Our days are spent reading, baking, gardening, hiking, and crafting. We also love to travel and immerse ourselves in nature.
With each passing year, the urge to simplify and live seasonally increases. I’ve come to value working with my hands. (I’m also a qualified holistic massage therapist). There’s something about practicing an ancient craft that makes me feel connected to people who lived hundreds of years ago. Creating a handmade life is one that is rooted in wholeness; there is comfort, satisfaction, and joy at the heart of it.
This is a lifestyle blog where I’d like to share my journey. I’ll post projects and links to patterns, recipes, children’s crafts, book reviews, travel information and more. Sometimes I also write about wellness.
If you’d like to connect elsewhere, you can also find me on Instagram, GoodReads or Twitter.