If I had to label myself I would say I was a frustrated creative type. This meaning that I love making things but am slightly at a loss where to start projects and a novice at the basics.
This is not for lack of trying on my Mother’s behalf but she quickly figured out I was more interested in books than home making.
Both my grandmother and mother attempted to teach me to knit. After a couple of enthusiastic days my straggly scarf would be tucked away in a drawer not to see the light of day again unless the wool was needed for another task.
My mother grew up in the 50’s and 60’s , a time for them of thrift and self sufficiency. They baked, cooked for a family, washed laundry and cleaned house along with making their own clothes and their children’s clothes.
You can buy clothes very cheaply now but that wasn’t the case then.
Now that I have reached my 40’s and have a house and children of my own my creative instinct has resurfaced. The only problem is I am not equipped to pursue those desires as I need to master the basics before going on to more elaborate projects.
It’s one of my biggest regrets that I’m not more of a handy person. I’d love to be able to sew clothes for myself and the children but my sewing machine sits in a corner gathering dust.
Children today are not brought up making their own clothes or learning to cook family meals or how to clean a home. It’s pretty much up to the parents to instill these skills which is not much good if you don’t know what you’re doing as a parent yourself!
I’ve attempted previously to follow YouTube tutorials on subjects like crocheting but I usually give up. I’m not very coordinated anyway and I’ve always been guilty of saying I understand things when I don’t and then going away and being confused.
This year though seems to be a year in which things in my life are being sorted so perhaps I can add these other strings to my bow.