Our vendor spotlight posts give you a chance to meet some of our amazing vendors before the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market on June 29th, 2013 at The Fillmore Charlotte.
Please welcome Martha from Sweet Southern Purl:
It’s inevitable when you’re pregnant. Most people compulsively clean…getting ready for the upcoming baby.
Nope…I decided at 6 months pregnant to teach myself to knit. I had dabbled in crocheting. I knew a few stitches but couldn’t follow a pattern to save my life. Regardless…I figure, I got this. So I dig out some ridiculously huge knitting needles I somehow had, google “how to cast on”, and three hours later (after then googling “how to cast on for children”), I had done it. I then googled knitting stitches and practiced as many as I could. After that I was ready to tackle my first project.
Now most people would have started with something simple…maybe a scarf. What do I decide to start with…a baby sweater. It took me probably two weeks and a lot of advice on knitting forums…but I finished. It was full of mistakes, and the sleeves are crazy long, but it was my first piece…and I’m keeping it. Forever.
The rest is pretty much history. After a couple more projects people were asking me to open an etsy shop. I hesitated because who opens a knitting shop after teaching themselves how to knit the month before? I caved around Halloween of last year…and less than a month later I had a 30 order backlog. I even knit in labor. It’s been a challenge knitting with a 2 year old and a baby, but I’ve found my groove. I love finding new things to create, and I’m beyond excited to be a first time vendor at Vintage Charlotte.