I want to take a moment to introduce myself to you. What better way to do this than give myself a mock interview. Answer some of the questions I think about when meeting someone new or finding a new source of creativity. Here goes.
Who are you?
My name is Lorraine Tremblay. I am a Canadian of mixed blood(aren’t we all?). On my dad’s side French Canadian. My first ancestor was Pierre Tremblay who arrived in Canada in 1647. Chances are I probably have metis ancestors as well. Dad’s mom was welsh, born in England. Mom’s parents were English(grandpa) and Irish and Scottish (grandma). I was born in Toronto, Ontario in the fall of 1969. We left there when I was 4 and I’ve lived in all the western provinces and ended up in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have 2 daughters (I’ll call them K and C) and a dog named Pepper. Every so often I try to learn French, but so far it hasn’t stuck very well.
Where do you live?
I live on the west coast of Canada, in one of Vancouver’s suburbs.
What type of education do you have?
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design & Technical Theatre from the University of British Columbia.
What was your favourite job?
Artist Logistics Coordinator for Coastal Jazz and Blues society. Producer of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Where are you currently working?
I’m on disability because I’m not able to work due to the fibromyalgia.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia(Fibro for short) is a collection of symptoms such as widespread chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, and many more. You can find out more here. In layman’s terms, my central nervous system is out of whack and I am sensitive to pretty much everything from food to light to noise or basically any stimulation. I have many diagnosis for different symptoms and my naturopathic doctor tells me it’s all part of Central Sensitivities Syndrome. You can read more about CSS here.
How does chronic fatigue and brain fog affect you?
I am always tired. Always. Sometimes it’s all I can do to get out of bed and sit in my chair. My muscles are very weak. How to describe Brain fog. I can’t always find words when I’m talking. I forget what I’m saying part way through my sentence. Sometimes when I’m reading or writing it’s like a foreign language. I say or write something and I’m not entirely sure it’s the correct word. All of this is intermittent. I can be fine then it all hits me hard. I hope everyone can forgive whatever bad writing and grammatical errors I make. Some days are better than others.
How has crochet helped with the Fibro?
These little creatures are fairly simple to make. They only take a couple hours/days to create so I get the satisfaction of completing something. The patterns are fairly easy to follow because they have a lot of similarities and just a few stitches. The end product gives me something cute to stare at and they make me smile. Plus it’s good exercise for my hands.
When did you start and why do you like crochet?
My mom taught me how to crochet. Both my mom and grandma used to crochet all the time. Grandma also knit and every year she would make me some new slippers out of phentex for Christmas. The best slippers I’ve had. Someday I’m going to find the pattern and make them.
What other crafts have you done?
Sewing since I was about 12, plus pattern drafting in university. I learned to draw and paint in university. I’ve done all sorts of children’s crafts with my girls when they were young and while working in a daycare. Pottery both hand building and wheel work.
Does your family crochet as well?
I’ve taught both girls how recently and sometimes they pick it up again when there’s something they want to try. However K loves drawing and digital art, and C is more into ceramic sculpture and sewing. C has been drawing me pictures for design inspiration. I’m currently working on a raindrop amigurumi based on her design.
What are you hoping to do with this blog?
I’ll be sharing about my experiences with Fibro, showing pictures of things I make, and creating some new patterns. Who knows what I will come up. Hopefully I can earn money off my patterns to help my children with university and maybe get off disability assistance. Dream big!
Anything else you want to add?
I’ve been creating things all my life, and have recently stumbled across my new favourite way of doing so. Stuffed animals and dolls have always been special to me. Last Christmas I was given a book on knitting amigurumi and I’ve been hooked ever since.
If there’s anything you would like to know, please ask in the comments below.