We’re so happy to introduce a new series on Yay! DIY called “Why I Craft.” In meeting so many talented crafters in person and on the Internet, Erin and I have really enjoyed hearing all the interesting reasons why people craft and make things by hand. It inspired us to try and create a living catalog of all these wonderful snippets and put them in one place.
Our inaugural crafter is Nikki McGonigal of the blog “Nikki, in Stitches.” We met Nikki through Twitter, where we’ve done everything from swap knitting project ideas to encourage each other to just get through the day.
On her site, Nikki blogs about everything from knitting and sewing to how-to home decor. We love her because her approach to crafting is much the same as our own – find simple, beautiful projects that don’t take a lot of time. When asked why she crafts, Nikki replies:
“I craft because it is my calm away from the storm of chasing two kiddos and one crazy dog around my house all day. I craft because I’m lucky enough that it financially allows me to chase two kiddos and one crazy dog around my house all day. I craft because I can vaguely remember life before “mommy”hood, when teaching was my passion, and crafting (and blogging) allows me to still fill that need. I craft because it reminds me of being a little girl, watching my mother work at her sewing machine. I craft because it reminds me of my grandmother…I can still see her hands, quietly pulling a needle and thread up and down, through cloth in an embroidery hoop. I craft because it’s in me, from generations before, and it’s a pleasure and an honor to pass it on to the next.”