Name: Nicole Hawley
Location: Utica, N.Y.
Profession: Newspaper Reporter
Crafts of Choice: Crochet (#1 Love), Loom Knitting, Knitting, Paper Crafts, Jewelry Making, Scrapbooking and whatever inspires me at any given moment.
I was 8 or 9 when I remember my grandmother asking me what I wanted for Christmas. I told her I wanted a sewing machine because when I grew up and got a job, I was taking sewing lessons. Well almost seven years out of journalism school and on the job at a local paper, I looked down on my bedroom floor and found a knitting loom I bought a few years before. I had just gotten a new job and I was suppose to be moving up in the world, but I was never more unhappy. I still didn’t have the time to give to myself to learn and do new things. I thought back to that promise I made, and no it wasn’t sewing, but it was a craft I wanted to learn more about. I craved knowledge in the ability to make something with my own hands. I started knitting a baby blanket for an expecting friend, and that led me to finding a teacher at a local craft store. Well all eventually evolved in a learning and great love (obsession as my boyfriend would say) of not only loom knitting, but also traditional knitting and crochet. Now if I can’t be home playing with yarn I’m looking online to find patterns and read whatever I can about the crafts. And just when I thought I’d have enough to fill my crafty appetite — I did just tell my grandmother, “Grandma, I think I’m taking a sewing lesson.”