...what lead me to the art of Loom Knitting:
I’ve always loved crafting of all types…I think it runs in my family. From my great grandmother making hand stitched quilts and beautiful handwritten letters that were an art unto themselves; to my grandma who loved to sew clothing and gifts as well as crochet and knitting; then to my own mother, who first taught me to crochet and sew my own clothes, and who now loves to make beautiful beaded jewelry. The crafty genes were passed down as a type of heritage that I treasure and strive to keep alive by passing it down to my own daughters.
When I was severely injured in 2004 and had to undergo several surgeries on my wrists, I thought that pretty much all types of crafting were no longer possible. Everything I tried to do ended up in a lot of pain and frustration. It wasn’t until I spotted those brightly colored knitting looms in my local craft store that I began to see a glimmer of hope again. I was actually able to use these looms to create beautiful items, without all the pain! It was love at first loop and I literally haven’t looked back…I’ve been on the loom knitting journey, seeing how many unique items can be mastered on the looms for the past six years now!
...what's this book all about?
I’ve always loved children! From my earliest days I wanted to be around them and love it when I can win a smile from a child. After building my website and publishing several of my individual designs, I thought it was time to concentrate on writing a collection of patterns; enough to fill an entire book. What better theme to focus on than loom knitting projects to make for children of all ages?! Combining my love for loom knitting with my love for children has been a truly exhilarating experience! I just love it when a child gets to touch a brand new yarnie item for the first time… the smile on their faces and how they begin to touch the softness of the knitted piece is absolutely priceless!
...a new found purpose:
Late last year, I came to a standstill in the designing process. I just couldn’t focus on the project. I had been working on it for the better part of a year and was finding myself not able to pick up a loom or even look at a skein of yarn. I didn’t know which direction to take and, honestly, the book idea was almost discarded.
It wasn’t until I read a book by Mary Beth Chapman, Choosing To See, that I realized what I was going through…and what this book of mine was missing.
Mary Beth tells the story of her life with song writing and performing artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, with the candid openness of a close friend. She tells about her journey into adoption and the resulting birth of their foundation, Show Hope, which helps offset the financial burden of adoption. It touched me deeply hearing of their family’s journey, and also of the terrible tragedy of losing their youngest adopted daughter, Maria.
But it wasn’t until I finished the book and was looking at the pictures of the children who are still waiting to find their “forever families” that I was struck with an overwhelming sense of urgency and purpose.
This subject is very close to my heart, as nearly ten years ago, my husband and I found ourselves unable to have any more children. We had planned to try for a son, but these plans were no longer possible. I went through a period of mourning, just as if we had actually had a baby that was physically taken from us. Every fall, on the anniversary of this event, I still go through a little of that sadness and yearning. I knew after I saw the photos of those children that this ache was what was keeping me from finishing the project.
But if I could help those kids in some way to find a permanent home, then it would be almost as good as having another child myself! This was the direction and purpose I needed…the book was back on, full speed ahead!
Before all this occurred, I had already decided that the title of the book was going to be Loom Knitting for Little People…at this moment I couldn’t believe how amazing that coincidence was! I knew that this book was meant for something important…to have a part in helping those children in need. Each person who would purchase a copy of their own would literally BE loom knitting for little people all over the world!
My family and I worked together to found the non-profit organization Really Big Ideas, inc. This will be the foundation for the publishing of this loom knitting book, as well as other projects in the future that we feel would reflect the purpose of spreading good cheer in the name of deserving and reputable causes.
...our plan for this Grand Opening:
The purpose of the goal of $4500 set here on Kickstarter is to help offset the actual costs of creating this project for the past year and a half, printing and shipping costs, as well as a means to have a grand opening release of this new loom knitting publication. We wanted to start it out with a bang for you as Pledgers; with signed copies of the book, as well as the companion DVD that helps visually detail some of the projects of the book step by step. Please see the pledges breakdown for all the other goodies available to you! Also, make sure to familiarize yourself with Kickstarter's guidelines on pledging here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq
We're planning on releasing Loom Knitting for Little People in August! We're working hard on it everyday and so far are looking to be on schedule for that date. With your pledge starting at $1, you'll be in on the updates of our progress as we go along, including a more precise date of release, right here at Kickstarter. I'm so thrilled to be bringing this new publication into your crafty hands and hope that by doing so, we'll help make a part of the world a little better along the way.
Happy Looming! :)
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