This is my last post at sewwhatyvette.com.
And here’s my tale; Many years ago I bought a used knitting machine from a friend. I was a “stay at home mother of 2” at the time, so money was tight. It cost the equivalent of one month’s “Baby Bonus”.
Once I got the hang of machine knitting I had an OMG moment every time I used it. I LOVED machine knitting and the word got out that I knew how to use that darned thing. Soon people began asking for lessons, I upgraded to a new machine, and history began in my basement.
I had another child, so then there were 3. The machine knitting lessons became a regular event, and soon my basement had yarn and machine knitting patterns for sale. There were days when my girls would come home from school to find a house full of ladies machine knitting.
At that time I was also growing vegetables and baking to sell at the Port Hope Farmer’s Market. My children got up at the crack of dawn with me on Saturdays from May to October, and accompanied me to Port Hope. My mother was also a vendor there, she sold their honey and excess vegetables from her garden. They were great times.
Pine Ridge Knitting Machines out-grew the basement and went store-front to Baltimore, just north of Cobourg, Ontario. Sewing machines and sergers were added and the name of the business changed to Pine Ridge Knit & Sew. On PA days and school holidays my children came to the store with me, and there was a cot for sick days, too.
Time passed, the children and the business thrived and grew.
Family circumstances changed, and eventually Pine Ridge Knit & Sew moved to Trenton, first on Frankford Crescent, then to Dundas Street near Second Dug Hill. Over the years additional inventory and fabric were added and I taught more and more classes.
Fast forward to 2013.
It was time for me to think about retirement, and time for my oldest daughter and her hubby to rethink their employment future.
On February 1, 2014, Pine Ridge Knit & Sew had a new owner. I helped out a lot at first, then as the store took a new direction, less.
I found it very difficult to transition from being a business owner who worked long hours and spent most of my waking moments planning classes, events, newsletters, etc to a retired person. I painfully missed writing lesson notes, posting on Facebook, and writing newsletters.
Enter this blog, SewWhatYvette. (thanks Shirley). It filled the emptiness. I chose sewing projects that I thought would inspire people to sew, be creative, AND support the business I started many years ago.
As time went on, and as the store moved forward in it’s new direction, it became obvious that most of my chosen sewing projects did not fit in with “the plan”.
It has now become a struggle to post anything about sewing.
And because it costs money to maintain a blog, and I’m retired and on a pension, it just seems silly to pay to keep it going.
I’m available as a guest teacher, specializing in sergers, knitting machines and fermented foods.
I’ll become more active on my facebook page, and I’ll post often. I actually have 2 facebook pages, one is my personal one where I connect with family and friends, the other is my “professional” page. It’s called my entire name with no hyphens; Yvette Matthys Chilcott Lafosse, and that’s where I’ll move a lot of my blog stuff to.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement, it means a lot to me, but it’s time to move on.
ps I can’t add files to that page, so I started a group with the same name and will move the files and recipes over there.