I was sewing from a very early age. I honestly can't tell you when I started. I made a doll when I was 7, but I was already experienced - my sister made the same doll at age 5, so I must have been an old hand. I made my dad a shirt (with buttons and collar!) when I was 9, and he wore it to work.
Until I was in highschool, I genuinely thought their full and proper title was 'Unpicker-Poodle'.
My confusion arose because my mother always called it an 'unpicker-poodle'. Apparently (on much later investigation), this is because my paternal grandmother refers to it as an 'unpicker-poodle', and the first time my mum heard my grandmother refer to the unpicker-poodle, she thought it was so hysterically funny she adopted it immediately.
Imagine how silly I looked the first time I asked for an 'unpicker-poodle' in home economics at high school?
So now, being at an age where I am no-longer embarrassed by this, I am embracing it whole-heartedly.
Just now, Jon has been walking around the flat asking me if I have seen the 'Guitar-Fish'.
I think I'm in the right place. :)