MOM BOSS MONDAY
My husband is a musician and music is a big part of our everyday life. We have been playing our favorite tunes for Q since I was only 5 months pregnant. We recently took him to his first music festival and plan on taking him to so many more. If your family is in love with music the way ours is, you have to check out KnitWhit’s Etsy Shop! This week’s mom boss turns your favorite band tees into the cutest rompers for your kiddos. She’s even making some awesome products for you moms out there so be sure to stop by and take a look. Amelia’s story hits close to home for me, as we both experienced our loved ones dealing with cancer during our pregnancies. Such and inspiring chick. Thanks for sharing your story, Amelia.
How KnitWhits Couture started
I grew up around artists of all sorts. Hands on artists. My father is a self-made Chef who cooked for the likes of Mr. Pierre Trudeau (former Canadian Prime Minister). My mother went to sewing school, painting classes, and always loved crafting. My grandmother loved to crochet. I spent years sitting by her side on the sofa entranced in watching her hands move so quickly as she worked on my “wedding” blanket-bed cover. So I was always surrounded by creative energy.
I was the one you would see mixing colors in art class and not paying attention to direction, but instead wanting to do my own thing. I went to college, became an aesthetician, and makeup artist. I worked in Ottawa, Canada for a few years and later moved back to Kingston, ON. I started my own business doing freelance and home spa parties.
Fast track from then to now: Married, had two amazing boys, decided as a family I would stay home with my babies. My mom became ill with breast cancer, (she is now a 5 year survivor). Within the same year, my mother in law was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma cancer and passed away months later with us by her side. This changed everything. My life would never be the same. To say this was a dark and depressing time is an understatement. I began to craft anything and everything on Pinterest to focus on something other than the dark memories of cancer and what it had done.
On my birthday I received a sewing machine and automatically took to it. Sewing everything! My curtains that needed hemming, my pants, cutting up my kids clothes so that I could re-piece them, making scarves, etc, etc…Before long, people were asking me to make things. After planning and getting back on my feet again, KnitWhits Couture came about! KnitWhits came to mind as inspiration from my nutty mom and mother in law. When those two got together and laughed and joked, knitwhits!
A struggle you experienced and have overcome during pregnancy
Hearing of my mom’s breast cancer at 3 months pregnant not knowing what the next day would hold, I struggled with trying to be the best mother, while having the strength for my husband and family during this time. I had a toddler and newborn to care for while dealing with my mental state. I was trying to keep it together while my mom went through chemo and radiation, losing her hair, and being bed ridden. Soon after, my mother in law started the same process, with full force, and not one minute to look away.
From woman to a woman, from a mother to a mother, I knew her fight was real. Her need to live was never stronger. Being by her side in her last months, I gave up breast feeding. I gave up embracing the little milestones and those early memories of my toddler and second born baby. I wanted to fight with her to get her better so that she could enjoy being with her grand babies again. I don’t regret anything. I cherish the memories I have and it molded me into what I am today. I am proud of my family and all that I am blessed with.
A couple years later I lost my grandmother to Dementia. The crocheted blanket she made for me is filled with memories and helps me during difficult times till this day.
Let’s move on from all the sadness. Through all this, there have been many many ups and successes. I have an awesome husband who believes in me, two boys aged 5 and 7, who are so loving and wonderful!I am on year 4 of being in business and have been running ever since. I am so blessed to be doing something that I love so much and look forward to seeing what the next 4 years bring!
I have recently expanded into women wear…specifically ponchos and beanies. After all, mama needs some styling too!
Amelia’s motherhood tip
Take one day at a time and smile when you look at your babies. Tell them there is good in this world, whether it’s for a short time or longer.
Amelia with her beautiful family.