The Left-Handed Crafter


Welcome to The Left-Handed Crafter!

Welcome to The Left-Handed Crafter!

Welcome to The Left-Handed Crafter!  : )  This site isn’t much, but it’s my little home on the web where I can post and share my crafty progress, questions, frustrations, and triumphs.  I am a life-long craft addict, and my various apartments over the years have all been littered with dejected, half-finished, hopeless projects of all shapes, sizes, and crafty varieties.  Although my crafty projects have fallen behind in the past few years, it is my hope that starting up this site will get me back on track, keep me honest, and perhaps even inspire me to dust off and breathe some life back into my old projects.  Maybe I’ll even – *gasp* – actually finish something!  But I’m not holding my breath on that one.  : )

As a left-handed craftaholic, I’ve run into a wide variety of craft-related frustrations over the years, particularly when I was learning to knit and crochet.  After what seemed like a never-ending, dead-end search for instructions for left-handers (this was many years ago), I decided to print out some online how-to illustrations and create mirror images on a copy machine.  Low-tech, but it worked!  After I had mastered the basics and joined a craft group at my office, I got a lot of “ooohs” and “ahhhs” from my fellow crafters as they watched me in bewilderment, always coming to the same conclusion: “You’re doing it backwards!”  Yes, I know, get over it.  : )  I do everything “backwards,” but it works for me, and I’m sure there are plenty of others who are doing things the same way I am.  To each his own – craft on!

Over the years, I have dabbled in almost every type of craftiness that I could get my greedy little hands on.  The photo above is a smattering of various projects that are displayed throughout my apartment: a boo-boo bunny for my cousin’s baby shower, a stuffed log-cabin chicken (?!?!?) that used to hang from the rear-view mirror in my car, a knitted pair of fingerless mittens, and a painted terra cotta pot that was part of the favor for a friend’s bridal shower.  My latest passion (obsession?) has been knitting, mainly because there seems to be an unending supply of new yarns, patterns, and techniques to keep me entertained.  And what’s the point of craftiness if not entertainment?

So thanks for visiting my little hole in the wall, and feel free to leave me some comment love, ask questions, tell me that I’m crazy for doing everything backwards, etc.  : )

Happy crafting!



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I do things backwards, on purpose.

Hi there!

Name: Carolyn

Location: Westchester, New York

Affliction: Left-handed, left-brained craft addict

Warning: I knit backwards. If you feel yourself twitching at the very thought, take a deep breath and hold a mirror up to the screen. Trust me, it will be ok. : )

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