This page is about how I got to where I am now. If you’re wondering about the details like when I learned to crochet, you can find it in this post here.
Here is my story. To start off with, I have an 8-year-old son who is the love of my life. We live with our dog-in-cat-clothing, Charlie. We are pet sitters. I also assist my little guy with his weekly paper route (he is currently working on saving up for summer camp).
The short, condensed version of my story is that I woke up one day and realized that I had been in an abusive relationship. He didn’t physically beat me. However, the night he refused to let me use the washroom and blocked my car in with a transport was the night I fled. I wasn’t going to stick around to see what was next. He abused me in every other form. Mentally, emotionally, financially – the forms of abuse that many professionals frequently ignore and/or don’t acknowledge because there aren’t any PHYSICAL bruises. It wasn’t until my son was born that I realized what was going on.
We came back to my hometown of Minden, Ontario. It’s about 2 1/2 hours north of Toronto. I’d had numerous jobs in the past (hair stylist, production worker, tech support agent), but nothing that really spoke to my heart that I could do at the time. I had always wanted to take a course in fibre arts. Since I had practically nothing after fleeing the relationship, I felt I had nothing to lose. I chose my former jobs based on what everyone else wanted for me and/or what was the “safe” route. Look where it got me. So I fulfilled my life-long dream and took the Fibre Arts Program at Fleming College in the fall of 2011. It was certainly a challenge between being a single mom to a then 3-year-old and taking a course that was 2 semesters compressed into one. But I did it! I was hoping that it would help me zero in on one particular medium, but that totally blew up in my face! That’s where I was introduced to spinning and re-acquainted with weaving (I have a 42″ floor loom and no floor to put it on!).
While I do enjoy crocheting and knitting, along with the other fibre arts mediums, spinning is my passion. I am currently enrolled in the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners (OHS) six year Spinning Certificate program.
Thank you for dropping by. I hope that you’ll learn something new, find some inspiration and/or get a laugh or two.