So I thought I would share with you the story of how The Knotty Nerdsery came to be!
When I was very little I would frequently stay at my grandmother’s house. My grandmother was (and still is) an avid crocheter. At the age of 7 I loved watching her endlessly loop and knot yarn with her mouth whispering barely audible numbers and turning that yarn into beautiful dresses for dolls, doilies, and afghans. I was a very crafty kid, the youngest child, only girl to two other brothers, and very introverted. This all contributed to making me good at doing a lot with very little and being resourceful to keep myself occupied. Give me a piece of paper, a found string and an old button and you would see a devastatingly shy 7 year old’s overactive imagination come to life!
I expressed my interest in learning crochet to my grandmother and she taught me how to hold the yarn and how to do a chain, which I incessantly repeated over and over and over until I had chains 20 ft long of multicolored yarn. I would then take them apart and do it all again very proud of my ability to create something.
Not long thereafter, under some fairly awful extenuating circumstances, I was moved away from where I was living and no longer had long days with my grandmother crafting away.
I never did crochet again…..that is, until August of 2011. Under other (less extreme, but unpleasant, nonetheless) extenuating circumstances I found myself in the desperate need of a hobby, something to put my energy, my mind, and myself into, to calm me and give me something more to do than just dwell on my current situation. I had music, as I have made music and played in bands for many years, but that wasn’t the quiet calming outlet I was needing.
I considered many things, googling like a mad woman to find a craft that really held my interest. This craft turned out to be crochet.
I went down to the craft store, bought a set of cheap plastic crochet hooks, some light blue yarn (going on advice to start learning with a color like this) and an amigurumi pattern book. Once I got home, I immediately unpackaged my spoils and cracked open the pattern book, only to realize, it was in some alien language that I had ZERO clue of how to decipher.
I decided my best bet was to log online and google crochet, and how to read a pattern. With these new online tools in front of me I picked up my yarn (for the first time since I was 7) and muscle memory took over! I perfectly wrapped it around my pinky up to my index finger without thinking twice. It felt right, the yarn in my hand, it felt natural and it felt good, almost calming.
I decided if this felt so right I would just jump in! I turned on a youtube tutorial and followed along with her reading a line of a pattern and completing the steps, until I had a light blue giraffe in my hands, albeit, with some noticeable mistakes, but really done well for my first ever project! At that moment I knew I was right in choosing crochet.
The next day I went back to the craft store and bought some very soft purple yarn to make a stuffed elephant for my sister-in-law’s baby shower that was coming up in 2 days. I finished in just over an hour and was ecstatic! This was it! I found what I needed! The counting and concentration and repetitive movements gave me just what I was lacking, zen like calmness and the pride in creating!
After working through the cute animal amigurumi pattern book I had gotten, I had the basic technique of shaping conquered. I felt like I wanted to move onto my own designs. I love to figure things out, I like a challenge when creating things. I decided to focus my new knowledge into my geeky love of Mario, Zelda and Tim Burton. Looking at pictures, remembering movies, I analyzed the basic shapes of characters and objects, and applying my basic sculpting (with clay) skills, I was able to decipher exactly the curves and shapes I needed and planed how to increase and decrease to get that shape.
My first big, on my own, out of my head, project was the blue worm from the movie Labyrinth (you know, the movie with David Bowie and his obvious package as Goblin King). This is one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite movies, what better to make?! I worked many hours on him, starting over many times until he was just right. I then shared, with everyone I knew, my creation that I was so proud of. After sharing this and hearing the positive feedback, someone offered to buy one from me! What a concept this was to me! Sell something that I was enjoying so much? I of course, said yes, and was humbled and honored someone loved my creation as much as I did!
From this point on it is pretty much history. I started making other things from classic icons and NES games as well as things that I liked just for the fun of it, set up shop on etsy and eventually storeny as well.
So what, in the very beginning was a fun craft to bond with my grandmother over, then later to keep me sane and my idle hands from strangling someone, became something I love to do and a source of income for me and my family!
I am so grateful for all the support and positive feedback I have received as The Knotty Nerdsery through all of this! Thank you all!
My very first crochet project…the blue giraffe. I have improved a hundred fold since then!