Meet Gaye Glasspie AKA GGMADEIT AKA GG – a knitter with heart and soul who you’ll love to get to know.
Tell us a little about yourself…
Ahhhh I am a soon to be 50 year old, lover of all things orange, natural hair wearing, single mom from Jersey, who loves to knit. Yup that is GG in a one long run on sentence! hahaha
You’ve got such a great bubbly personality! We love it, and your readers do too! How and where do you interact with your readers / followers?
You know above I mentioned that 50 year thing and I believe that has a great deal to do with my bubbly persona. You see I am a cancer survivor. I lost both my parents AND my 24 year job in 2012 and I am still here! What is there to NOT be bubbly about? I interact with my fiber friends on my Facebook fan page and Instagram. I just hit 3000 on FB which is huge to little ole me and I asked all my fiber friends to tell me why they follow and stay. Most of them said the same thing, which was my positive outlook no matter what life has to offer. I know it’s a thing to say “knitting is therapy” but for me knitting saved my life. I couldn’t sleep, I knit. I was sad, I knit. I wanted to cry, I cried and I knit. I have truly knit my way through some of the most difficult times of my life. I mean it when I say “I wrapped/wrap my tattered heart in yarn and knit my way through each day”
Ok this one is funny. I was a call center manager and we were cleaning out the sales closet. One of the agents found a gift that was a cup with yarn, needles and a pattern. I knew how to crochet but was afraid to knit, it looked like it had to be difficult right? So I went on YouTube and taught myself, made my scarf, holes and all and then…I was over it! Fast forward about a year later, a co-worker was making a hat while on a conference call, I was super excited and I wanted her to make me one. She wrote a list of the required materials and sent me to Michaels on my lunch break. I drove as fast as I could..I was geeked you hear me! I came back and handed her the bag full of everything she requested. She looked up at me and said “that’s for you” and I said, horrified “I can’t make a hat!!” and she said “you can and you will!”. Needless to say she showed me how to do 1×1 ribbing, told me to keep doing that for like 2 or 3 inches. Please know I got NO work done that day. I finished and ran to her desk…she then showed me how to do the seed stitch (did I mention this was all in the round?) and told me to keep doing that until I got to 9 inches. Listen, no dinner was cooked, honey was ignored, dishes left in the sink…I was on a mission. Then I discovered she didn’t teach me how to bind off (at that point I didn’t know that is what I needed to do) so I pulled the needles out and cried. Hahahahahaha I had a big ole mess, BUT I ripped it out and got it back to 9 inches and was sitting at her desk when she arrived. So it’s her fault….Jasmine is her name.
What inspires you?
The short answer is Shelbey, my daughter. My goal is to be someone my daughter is proud of! When I drag her to knitting events like Rhinebeck or Vogue Knitting and someone says is that GGmadeit? The pride that beams from her smile, makes my day. When someone recognizes her and says “you’re Ms Gaye’s daughter right? she was my favorite manager! Tell her so-n-so says Hi!” I love hearing her say, they all love my mommy.
How did you take the step from making, to coming up with your own designs?
I can’t really claim my own designs, well let me stop..I am so hard on myself. I think I stumbled over it by mistake. I either didn’t understand the pattern and wound up with something totally different or I would just start knitting and like the end result. The issue is remembering to write down what I do, so for that reason, I don’t consider my self a designer…I am a mess is what I am! LOL!
What are you working on right now?
I am working on one of your latest designs the Pop Life Cardigan with the fabulous Billie Jean Yarn. Can I say that I love the construction of your patterns. You make it easy for someone like me, because if you let me tell it I can’t make sweaters or cardigans. No judging, I am a 50 year old work in progress
Proudest knit moment?
My Vivienne Cardigan. I can’t tell you how proud I was/am to answer the question “where did you get that?” by saying “I made it!!” Woot Woot!
You’re a big fan of Local Yarn Stores, where do you like to shop?
Well yes I am! Let’s go back to when I first learned how to knit, if you said yarn store, I thought of AC Moore or Micheal’s. I had NO idea that heaven existed on earth. One of my dearest friends Teresa, took me to my first ACTUAL yarn store Knitknack (which is out of business now and not because I bought ALL the yarn) and the YarnHo was born. OMGAWD who was suppose to tell me about all the fibers and colors and weights and yes gimme it all in orange please and thanks! LOL! Wait that wasn’t an answer to your question was it? Sorry you asked about shopping for yarn and I think I had an outer body experience. I am blessed to have approximately 14 LYS within 1 hour’s drive in either direction and let’s not talk about NYC, so yes blessed. My favorites that I go to most often have to be Do Ewe Knit? and Knit-a-Bit. I travel for work so I am always visiting new yarn stores and my new favorite is in Florida called Four Purls. I truly love a good local yarn store.
Ok only if you print it in invisible ink. Hahahahahahaa you ready? December 30, 2011 was the day I experienced my first local yarn shop and…and..the yarn I purchased…I still have it! hahahahahahahahaa I have NO idea why, but I do. I have never said that outloud, so shhhhh invisible ink ok?