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MommyMade

Location

Windcrest, TX, United States

Quick Blurb

I've been knitting and sewing since 7th grade! Designing my own work has evolved over the years.

Interests

Soft dolls, knitwear, hats, balls, sweaters, shawls, baby knits, knit toys, cloches, ski caps, stocking caps, berets, tammies, custom made, wool, acrylic, cotton, doll clothes

Skills and Techniques

Color work knitting (fair isle, intarsia); yoke, raglan, saddle shoulder and/or set in sleeves; all hats are seamless, knit in the round; cables and other textured stitches (Aran/Ganseys); lace patterns;

Get to Know

The name of my shop came from my daughter when she was 7 years old and told friends that her favorite brand was Mommy Made. I used to make her fancy dresses (from pinafores through prom dresses) and clothes for her dolls (and her friends' dolls). I never thought I would sell my work, but I am now retired from teaching reading and English and someone suggested selling on Artfire.
My husband retired from the US Army and we have lived all over the world (5 countries other than the US). I've knit and sewn in all of them. I made my first doll in college for my niece and came back to them after we settled in San Antonio. Our winter here is blessedly short, so my family can only use a limited number of sweaters and hats. I have only grandsons so my options are limited.
I learned to sew and knit from my mother, she from her's, etc. I have a photo, circa 1900, of my great-grandmother with knitting in her lap and a coverlet she made of cotton (so many stitches!) Sorry to say my daughter does not knit, although she does beautiful cross stitch when she has time.
When I come across a new stitch pattern or yarn type, I make a hat with it. That way I see if I like it, what gauge it knits up and end up with something useful. If it is too lacy for a hat I will try it out as either a scarf or a strip for an afghan. A few years ago my mother-in-law stopped knitting and gave me all her yarn. Since she is a shopaholic, that ended up being 9 garbage bags full. I've used about 2/3rds of it up.
The only thing I would rather do than knit is read and my family prefers knitting. At least then I talk to them.