Hello, my name is Maria and this is an introduction into how Knot Always Monday was born.
I have had a passion for working with my hands and creating beautiful products since I was young. When I left school, I wanted to become a carpenter. Unfortunately, back then girls did not do carpentry, as I found out when I went for an interview and was the only girl there. Needless to say, I was not offered the job and ended up enrolling at secretarial college.
I’ve spent over 30 years working in an office and looking forward to getting home so that I could pick up my crochet hook or knitting needles and do something creative. On Sunday nights, I dreaded that Monday Morning feel. As the years ticked by that Monday morning feel turned into that Tuesday morning feel and Wednesday morning feel…. so much that everyday felt like Monday Morning! This is where the idea for my business name came from. No day feels like Monday morning for me now .
I enjoy discovering new and interesting patterns to knit and crochet; it is very satisfying to see the piece you are working on grow and come alive. My mum taught me how to knit when I was fairly young and I taught myself how to crochet with the help of YouTube and my hobby really took off when I was laid up following an operation on my foot about ten years ago. By the time I had recovered, my home and my parents’ home were all decked out in colourful crocheted blankets, cushions and more! My all-time passion is making children’s cuddly toys and baby clothes.
During the first lockdown in 2020 I bought myself a wood lathe and learnt how to turn wood into bowls, candlestick holders and various other small items. It is fascinating to see the grain and knots in the wood form interesting patterns, while it is being whittled down on the lathe.
Thank you for reading my story, hope you enjoyed the journey.
Dreams really can come true, follow your heart and make things happen.