Working from home and with free time on her hands, Shalene Upshall launched her own knitting business. (Courtesy of Shalene Upshall)

Working from home and with free time on her hands, Shalene Upshall launched her own knitting business. (Courtesy of Shalene Upshall)

Pandemic provides Victoria woman chance to realize dream knitting business

Working from home, Shalene Upshall found free time on her hands

Shalene Upshall learned to knit at her great-grandmother’s feet.

Seated at the base of the rocking chair, Upshall would gaze up in wonder as her great-grandmother’s creased hands transformed balls of yarn into beautiful, soft creations. At six years old, she watched with childlike intent and tried to mimic the motions.

“It’s probably the only memory I have of my great-grandmother.” Soon after, she passed away.

(Courtesy of Shalene Upshall)

In the nearly 50 years since, Upshall has never lost her love of the craft but it was only when the pandemic hit that the Victoria woman finally had the opportunity to turn her hobby into a business.

READ ALSO: Victoria crafters keep busy during COVID-19 pandemic

When the government first ordered its employees to start working from home, Upshall said it didn’t have enough computers for everyone and so the only work she could do was off her work phone. Needless to say, she ended up with some extra time on her hands – every second of which she’s devoted to launching her custom-order knitting business, Shalene’s Creations.

“Now it’s like I have a second job suddenly. My world is basically working and knitting and occasionally eating,” she said with a laugh. “Michaels knows me by name.”

The madness hasn’t deterred her though. Despite being booked with orders until mid-January, Upshall said she still loves to see what she can create.

“It’s really relaxing. It’s the one thing I can get lost in.”

Starting a knitting business was always the plan, but Upshall hadn’t thought she would get to start it until she retired. Now, she’s thrilled to be getting to realize her dream early.

“A lot of heart and love and care goes into each project.”

READ ALSO: Greater Victoria residents share positive pandemic experiences


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