Hello! I’m Leah B. Thibault, or as I'm better known, Ms. Cleaver
June Cleaver was the epitome of the Mid-Century stay-at-home mom, the one who vacuumed in high heels and pearls.
Ms. Cleaver is a modern lady: a full-time working mom, with a side-gig as a knitwear designer, and a deep appreciation for all things home and handmade. Here you'll find two major components of my Handmade Life - my design Creations and the Ms. Cleaver Chronicles.
I come from a long line of crafty ladies. My grandmother and aunt both worked as Home Economics teachers, but it was my mother who got me started on embroidery and sewing and passed onto me a true appreciation for quality handmade clothing.
It’s clothing - for me, Little Miss Cleaver, and even occasionally Mr. Cleaver - that gets my crafty little heart beating. Whether it’s knit or sewn, clothes are my favorite thing to make and, of course, wear!
In addition to making things for my little family, I have also been designing knitting patterns professionally since 2011 and often partner with Quince & Co. or Knitscene Magazine to publish my designs. My designs can be purchased directly from my shop, or on Ravelry, if you prefer.
From the very start the Ms Cleaver Chronicles were designed to share the big moments and the equally special small ones in my life. Whether it’s the birth of my daughter (known around here as Little Miss Cleaver or LMC), a roadtrip out of state, or a simple stroll around the block, there’s beauty in all of them that deserve to be celebrated.
A former college professor of mine introduced me to the German term wahlheimat or home of choice. Though a native Californian (with the occasional stint in Oregon and Chicago), Maine has been my wahlheimat since 2008. Though I’ll always be considered “From Away,” I have a great love for this place I now call home and I love to share some of the local gems I’ve experienced. And if you’re a reader visiting the Southern Maine area – drop me a line! I can offer can travel advice or maybe schedule a meet-up.
Ms. Cleaver photo courtesy of Sharon Barto (c) 2005