Hello and thank you for stopping by my little online shop (I finally have one! Thank you Create!). My name is Mia and I currently live in Croydon, a borough about 20 minutes train journey from Victoria or London Bridge, with my wonderful husband and adventerous 8 year old daughter.
Originally from South Africa, I stepped off a plane after finishing school on the 8th February, 1997, ready for a year or two of exploring. Little did I know when I got off at Heathrow airport - on a very cold but sunny day - where this journey would lead. I still remember my first tube journey ever in to London. At this point all things creative, so basiclly woolly and oil painting related, had to be shelved as I was living out of a back pack.
Knitting, sewing and crochet was something I grew up with in South Africa where in our household, wearing a knitted jumper that your mother made was very common and formed a staple in our wardrobes next to the clothes she would sew for us or the track suit bottoms with it's matching jumper that she would machine knit. (I am sure my sister still has the polaroid somwhere of us twinning in our very bright orange outfits!).
It is also part of my fondest memories growing up. I remember going to the haberdashery shops with my mother and while she shopped for fabric or wool, I would find myself playing with the buttons stored in tubes. Evenings were spent on the sofa watching TV, me with my feet curled up next to my mother while she was clicking away on her needles and the odd counting of stitches under her breath. She had the amazing ability to know what was happening on the TV and where she was in the pattern!
Also, the craft of knitting and sewing was taught in our younger years at school. Sewing never caught on with me, although it has helped in past jobs; from sewing in a seam for a guest at a hotel as an emergency, to fixing a button for a nervous groom whose wedding I was arranging.