It is lovely we can meet here!
I have been waiting to meet YOU!
My name is Mel… my last name is actually 22 letters long so Mel seems to make life easier. After having the SingleHandedKnits brand, I have begun a new adventure, new blog, new podcast, new brand: “With∞Mel”
Initially I had knitting thrust upon me by an elderly woman from Sweden that knew I was bed ridden for the duration of a pregnancy. Just 4 weeks in to the pregnancy I was stuck in bed with tubes of all sorts plugged in to me and my morale was gone. She decided I needed knitting as a life raft and began to teach me daily, apart from Sundays, a skill that saved me not only at that time…but would again, 9 years later. It was at this time I was struck by a coconut and lost complete use of my left arm. My morale was the lowest ever in my life. I was plagued by thoughts of all the things I could no longer do with ease—-everything from cooking, playing with my kids, brushing my teeth, to tying my running shoes, to running… The list of Can’t Do Anymore was overwhelming. It was heart breaking.
I determined this stupid accident wouldn’t rob me of my love for knitting. So I began relearning everything… EV-ERY-THING in knitting. I won’t lie or sugar coat it, what happened to me sucked and was hard to work my way through. Knitting became a saving grace that not only built up my self esteem again, but it reminded me of how people all around struggle, and I need to be more mindful of that fact. Now I knit like a ninja. I also avoid walking beneath coconut trees.
I blog and share and create and daydream so that I can share the experience With YOU. The one thing that drives my creativity is the insatiable desire to learn and connect. I see knitting as an opportunity to either learn from someone and connect with their story.
When I design a pattern I try to envision what You might like or need or want to experiment with on YOUR needles. I wonder if what makes me stoked to wear will affect You the same.
About me is simple:
I like community.
I like friendships.
I like writing old fashioned letters.
I like sitting on the beach so long my butt hurts.
I like being in the ocean so long I prune up.
I love my family more than my next breath.
I love getting to know people.
I love pressing people towards a positive vibe.
My favorite word is thank you
My least favorite word is almost
Knitting makes me feel like I am connecting:
with the past, the present, the future, with others, with myself…
—>You connecting with me<—