Hi! My name is Ainur (eye-nor).
I'm a mama of two rambunctious, adorable boys. In between the time I'm not chasing around these two trouble-makers, I knit and design knitting patterns.
I learned to knit when I was about 7 or 8 years old from my mom. It always seemed like a magical skill: how just two sticks and a ball of yarn would turn into something beautiful and wearable!
The items I knit back then were small, simple, and silly: clothes for my dolls and occasionally some socks for my brother.
I didn’t get into serious knitting (by serious, I mean knitting items bigger than a hat or socks) until my first pregnancy. All I wanted to do then was to make my soon-to-be-born baby boy tons of warm and cozy hand-knits. After a while, I started coming up with my own ideas, which turned out to be fun to knit!
I am currently a stay-at-home mom, enjoying and soaking in every moment of my boys' everyday adventures. Before becoming a mom, I was an elementary school teacher. I often find myself thinking as a teacher when writing the patterns – I try to include various explanations such as drawings, links to video tutorials, tables and charts, and of course, clear and concise instructions.
Why Mama's Teddy Bear?
While expecting my first child, I imagined how we would cuddle all day, nursing and taking naps together. I looked forward to that new baby smell, seeing how this baby boy would cuddle in my arms, all cozy and snug. That's when I started calling him my Teddy Bear because we hadn't come up with a name yet.
Hand-knitting is more than creating accessories and garments by hand. There is an immense pleasure in working with yarn that is good quality, a pattern that has been designed thoughtfully, and an intended recipient who makes all the invested time and resources worthwhile.
When choosing yarns for my new designs, I try to keep in mind the environmental aspect of my decisions. Natural materials such as wool, silk, bamboo, cotton, and linen are biodegradable, so I prefer working with yarns that don’t have any synthetic content. However, growing cotton takes a big toll on the environment, so choosing organic cotton is much eco-friendlier. So is buying yarn locally (made in USA). The less yarn has to travel, the less are the carbon emissions. I also try to keep in mind what kind of businesses I’m supporting with my purchases and collaborations. Supporting small businesses who are dedicated to foster inclusivity in the knitting community and the world at large is my goal as a designer.