Knitting has always been something I've loved doing since my Grandmother taught me when I was very small. Being able to do something I love, and make a bit of extra money, plus make others happy, has inspired me for years. The hedgehog mitts are my favourite, although quite time consuming. The look on the faces of my customers when they see them, makes me smile.
I love trying new things, especially fun creations which make people smile. That is why I love to make animal inspired hats and mitts. I'm a home crafter, so everything I do is either done at home, or at one of the club/group meetings I attend." While working at home, Lorel says "watching dvds and (gasp) videos of golden age murder mysteries is my favourite way to work. I try to work regularly, because it can take quite a bit of time to finish each item. I do take some time off, so that I don't get sick of knitting. Much of my inspiration comes from online searches, on places like Pinterest, Ravelry and other sites like that"
As for the most memorable responses she's had to her work, Lorel says "Some children think my animal-inspired mitts are puppets, and want to play with them. One girl actually created a special home for her hedgehog mitts and her mom says she treats them more like a pet!"
Lorel sells at shows and through Kijiji. "Some of the shows I will be at this fall are the 30 Craft Market on December 2 at the Mark St United Church, and the Cottage Craft shows in Peterborough, Morrow Building November 26, Lindsay Exhibition Grounds December 3 and the Morrow Building December 19th and 20th."