About Me and Simple-Knitting

This page is about me, Vickie and I just love building this website.  I create the pictures and lessons on it and I'm the one who answers all your questions personally.

I love knitting!

This website was started so that you could have a fun and easy start to knitting. I even tried to make the instructions as simple and as easy to follow as possible so that you can understand.

And in order to make it a little more fun to learn I decided to create some easy knitting patterns. I just want to show everyone how much you can make right in the beginning even as you're learning.  It's so much more encouraging that way.

I'm also very happy to help you as well, although I can't promise that I'll always know the answer.  I do know quite a bit about knitting but not everything.  In fact, I'm still learning more advanced techniques myself.

One thing I do promise you though, if I don't have the answer to something I will find it and I will stay with you until a solution has been found.

So What About Me And Who Am I?

A person that loves knitting and sharing my knowledge with you..a simple gal that enjoys snuggling up in a nice cozy chair, sipping hot chocolate and dabbling in knitting design.

I've been knitting pretty much all my life.  It has always been a comfort food for me...a way to relax and unwind. And if I'm not knitting I do love browsing through the latest knitting magazines and books.

Have you noticed how much knitting has changed over the years?  There is always something new.

I have to confess that I do love the Garter stitch....umm, guess you noticed on my knitting patterns page right?  But you know what?  I've created two new patterns for you that will be up very soon and they aren't Garter stitch patterns.  Yay!

Another big love of mine is knitting yarns.  If there is a yarn shop around you can bet that I'm in there squishing every ball of yarn I can get my hands on.  haha  I just seem to get lost in the rainbow of colors and textures. The funny thing is, I'm not a 'shop til you drop' kind of gal but if you stick me in a yarn shop I'm g o n e.

 Why Did I Build a Website?

For years I had dreamed about working from home.  How it all happened though is a bittersweet story.

I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The fact is that for 16 years I was in a terrible relationship.  And in the last 4 years my health deteriorated and I needed major surgery.  I wasn't able to work, I was dependent on my then husband and had no place to go.  I felt very alone.

Even though I couldn't go out and work I always believed it was possible to earn some money by working at home on my computer.  I just didn't know how and sadly didn't have the support for doing it either.  But...I kept dreaming about it.

I thought that if I could earn some extra money it could help me later if and when the time came to leave.  And sadly, I also hoped a miracle would happen and my relationship would be happier somehow.

Around that time though, I came across SBI!  SBI is short for Solo Build It. They help you build a website around a hobby, or skill or just about anything you enjoy doing and actually help you turn it into a real business.  

You may not realize this but you can actually build a website about practically anything and make money.

And the nice thing is, you don't need to know a lot about computers, programming or HTML, nothing. SBI takes care of all that. They give you all the tools and will teach you everything one step at a time.

The thought of working from home was so exciting, but me?  Build a website?  I never thought about that.  But then again...

"Action is the antidote to despair."  - Joan Baez

Wow, I purchased my SBI and you know what?  It turned out to be the best thing that happened to me.  It gave me a reason to get up every morning.

With all the turmoil in my life I could escape for a little while every day and feel happy and alive. Learning and working hard felt so darn good!

More importantly, I felt that I was actually taking steps toward a healthy future--the way I had always dreamed it to be.  I also started realizing that it was truly possible to dream, at least a little bit.

I started working really hard, knitting like crazy and loving every minute.  If I wasn't on the computer I was knitting samples or taking pictures to put up on my site or studying how to build my website.  It was so fun and exciting.

Of course, building a website is hard work in the beginning.  But when you love what you're doing it just doesn't feel like work.  For me it was a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

Facing the Moment of Truth

Working on my website was the only thing that felt healthy to me.  And one day I realized that being healthy in all ways should be something that is 24/7 not part time.  It shouldn't be something on my wish list.

I was isolated from the world, had no friends, in an abusive relationship and alone. My son had been trying to help me leave for years.  But I was stuck...I was afraid to stay and afraid to leave.

But somehow this time...this time I had to find the courage and the strength.

After 16 years....and even though it wasn't good, it was a gut-wrenching decision to make. I felt so alone, empty and completely heartbroken.

F I N A L L Y...

Finally that day came.  I packed up my knitting things, loaded up my car and left.  It was one of the hardest things I have done in my life.

January 12, 2014, two days after my surgery and four days after my birthday, will forever be etched in my memory.  I don't even know how I managed it after just having had surgery.

I lost absolutely everything but gained everything at the same time. I was free. The material things I left behind are nothing to what is waiting for me. Besides they were just 'things'.

And I still had my wonderful dream of working from home, my knitting and my website with SBI. It was something to hang on too and it meant everything to me at the time. (It still does too.)

I have a new life to live now, one filled with freedom, hope, peace, and an unwavering faith in God.

"Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater Benefit" - Napoleon Hill

A lot of my days are filled with happiness and excitement now.  Of course there are some rough days too.  The Post Traumatic Stress gets in the way sometimes and that makes it more difficult to work. But on those days, I cozy up and knit.

Sixteen years was a long time but I am thankful every single day to have my freedom, my little website to work on and my knitting.  I feel so lucky!

I will always be grateful to SBI! for giving me hope when I had none, honesty, respect and constant inspiration that kept me going during my darkest days.  I don't even think they realize the impact of what they did for me.  It certainly isn't written down some where in all their tools when you purchase an SBI.

SBI! does give you everything you need to build a small business but they gave me something far greater. They helped me take slow, steady steps towards a healthy new life and future.  Thank you SBI! and thank you Ken Evoy.

And you know what?  The best is yet to come...

My dream of working from home is becoming a reality.  This little website business may be a little slow in the making but I am building and knitting my dream and loving every minute.  I'm even making a little money with it.

"Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your PROFESSION."  - Gabrielle Bernstein

Do you have a dream?  Solo Build It can help you!  If you have ever dreamed of working from home as much as I have, take that one giant leap of faith.  Solo Build It will help you with the rest.

If you ever need help with your knitting I will always be happy to help you. Just drop me a line through my contact me page.  

And if you're curious about how I actually learned to knit my website business together I've created another page, my Site Build It! Review that will tell you about this amazing company that helped me start a new life.

Solo Build It!

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