Hi! I’m Lesley, a mum, a Scot, a stitcher, a crocheter, an occasional knitter, and a family historian.
I have 3 wonderful children who take up most of my time, but once they’re either asleep or otherwise occupied, I’m an avid crafter!
When I was a child, my mother and grandmothers all knitted and I was taught to knit too. I’m sure we were typical of a long line of Scottish women, passing on our knitting skills from one generation to the next and I love the sense of connection I get through this to previous generations. Knitting, however, was always functional with the aim of making items to wear. I remember, when I was in primary school, knitting jumpers and things I would wear myself.
Towards the end of primary school, one of the teachers taught some of us to crochet. The first crocheted item I made was a bear in dark brown and pale pink yarn. The bear is long gone, but I think I still have the pattern. Throughout my teens I remained an occasional knitter and crocheter, although, other than an enormous granny square blanket, I don’t still have anything I made.
Then in the mid 1990s, I had a period when I wasn’t working. Looking around for something to do, I started stitching, first a cushion cover and then my first sampler. I then stitched off and on until my son was born. After that, my stitching took a break.
By about 2005 I was again looking for something to do and was already active in a small way on the internet. It was at that point I discovered the vast range of cross stitch designs that were available world wide. It was truly an epiphany and I was hooked!
After my daughters were born, I was again looking for something to do, finding it very difficult to balance the time for stitching with small children. I again turned to the internet and started crocheting amigurumi.
My crochet and stitching skills have greatly expanded thanks to the internet which I find a great inspiration and especially fascinating. I am obsessed with both and have to work hard these days to balance my time between the two!
I originally started blogging in 2006 at tintocktap. But for various reasons found it increasingly difficult to keep up with it by 2013 and ended up stopping completely. Instagram has now filled the void this left.
You’ll see that I now have a shop on Etsy at The Crafty Cowrie to sell my own cross stitch designs.