Hello! I’m Courtney, the maker behind Made with Love & Yarn. I am a coffee drinking, chaos coordinator, commonly known as Mommy. I live in Ontario, Canada with my two littles (3 & 6 years), their daddy and our cats.
I have always been a maker at heart. When I was a kid there were drawings, paintings and craft supplies strewed about my room. As I got older, I made friendship bracelets, scrapbooks and handmade cards. When I went to college I studied aesthetics and took a big liking to nail art and makeup artistry. Once I had my kids I jumped more into kids crafts and activities. This was around the time Pinterest was becoming more popular, you can imagine how excited my right brained mind was at all that crafty inspiration all in once place. That was when I started seeing more fibre arts. I actually had a Pinterest board with hundreds of Pins called “Crochet Stuff… I will learn someday” before I ever picked up a hook. While I was on maternity leave the first time I got a Micheals gift certificate for my birthday. I got an urge to learn something new and I picked up the Boye ‘I taught myself Crochet” kit and a ball of red heart variegated yarn.
I then spent my first May 2-4 weekend as a parent attempting to teach myself to crochet. I read the book, watched YouTube videos, practiced and frogged, over and over and over. By the end of the weekend I had my very first completed project. A loose fitting, kinda ugly, very wonky, water bottle cozy. I was so proud of my project, I could not get enough! My creative brain went wild with ideas and things that I wanted to make!
I started off making tons of kids stuff. Little purses, a back pack, hats, stuffies and toys. My toddler loved my creations, she didn’t care if they had wonky edges or uneven tension and it was great practice. I soon started making Afghans… everyone got Afghans for Gifts that year for Christmas!
Over the last couple years, I’ve made many different types of projects. I can’t ever put a finger on what my favourite is, it changes based on my mood and also explains my many WIP’s. I really enjoy the satisfaction of figuring out the puzzle of a crochet pattern but I find just letting the hook and yarn flow so relaxing. My newest challenge is actually writing down what came off the hook. I have been working at it for awhile and recently started sharing my patterns. So far I am really enjoying it and plan to keep the patterns coming!