Why exactly do we make?
Is it because our grandparents showed us their love for yarn and the thrill in knit, purl? Is it because we want to crochet in the am and spend more time with our loved ones for dinner? Is it because we found courage in opening an online Etsy shop? Or maybe because we love setting up our knitwear display at the local craft show? Or is it for the joy? Ah yes, the joy - that beautiful energy we feel in starting (and finishing) a project. That feeling of skipped heart beats and rushes of adrenaline in sharing our crafts, and showing the world hey, I made this with my own two hands - watch me soar...
It's that joy that gave me the courage to launch my own Etsy shop, northknits in 2014. My shop is why I'll never forget that one night in college, years before I even knew what Etsy was - I was on a breakup with my then boyfriend and hadn't left my undergrad dorm room for a full day. Heartbroken. Puffy eyed. Depressed. And feeling completely disconnected from the world. My fellow RA knocked on my door and informed me that his mom was on a dorm visit and teaching a few of the resident's how to knit, and asked for me to tag along and take a breather from sadness. So I wiped my red eyes and went. Saw the yarn and needles for the first time in my life and learned to cast on 40 stitches.
From there, I began a love affair with knitting. I went and purchased my own yarn and taught myself how to knit my first scarf. It was green. and ugly. And I gifted it for my mother (who proclaimed oh darling, it's beautiful). Wow, I thought. I had made something, I had personified love, and making that oscar the grouch-like scarf brought me a joyful peace like no other. For many years after - between life's hard days - knitting and crocheting was my comfort. It was where I could sit in a quiet space and think and pray - away from distractions, and studying, and fights with the world. This was my nearness with God - here in constantly researching and practicing garter stitch and stockinette and foundation chains is where I felt this spiritual presence that has yet to leave me.
To me, it's where the joy starts, it's why we spend hours in yarn stores and days with patterns; photo after photo, stitch after stitch, making and sharing, sharing and making - weaving in our love with every piece. Here online is where we post our heartbeats, I see and read them all across the web weaved in between the stitches of our IG feeds and etsy shop announcements and new knitwear listings. Deep down in our hearts and minds and between our own two hands, we find that thrill, that exuberance. That desire to share with others, from one maker to another - in the midst of hard work and fearlessness we find beauty. peace. divine happiness. Those emotions to share our stories in our own unique way is why on March 2 of this year, I acted on what I believe to be divine inspiration and began Our Maker Life. It's because I know we want to share our joy, our trials, our mistakes, our beauty. And despite how technologically-advanced this world becomes, we desire that face to face interaction, that in-person, non-emoji conversation, and we're coming to realize we're not that much different from our grandparents.
I'll admit - sometimes we'll forget the pattern we learned, or feel too tired to cook dinner, or get discouraged with our Etsy shops or stressed about our vendor displays and craft events but the joy and beauty will always be there. I truly believe it's why we make, and making is both life changing and everlasting.
So here's and cheers to you maker, from another. I want to hear your story, see what you make, and help each other soar.
Jewell Christine, Founder
Our Maker Life