I have been a member from the beginning when we first started in 2013. As a Lead Pre-school teacher, I have worked in a Parent co-op and truly enjoyed it. When I came upon the idea of a co-op for an artistic store, I was thrilled. There is so much one learns from other members and it is nice to share the responsibilities of running a store. I believe customers prefer to touch, feel and see my knitted items rather than just see the item in pictures.
What is your background?
I have a BA in Child development and have worked with children into my late 50’s. When I stopped working, I needed to have a creative outlet. Knitting was something I have done since I was a child and have been doing as long as I remember. In addition I inherited a lot of yarn from my mother in law who was a weaver. Family members needed more of the heirloom Christmas stockings and pointed out that I might start selling my knits. This is when I also started to knit cards and thinking of selling them. I enjoy custom orders and can re-create a stocking without a pattern.
Knitting is very relaxing and rewarding as you have something to wear or show when you are done.
Describe yourself in one word? Why that word?
Patient, because I had to be that with children and now with knitting as it can take a long time and lots of rows and stitches before you can see the results.
Where do you create?
Knitting can be done almost anywhere, so I can take it with me where ever I go. Most of my planning and knitting is done in my knitting room where I keep all my yarns.
What motivates/inspires your work?
I get inspired by the yarn itself. I enjoy working with natural yarns and yarns that are a challenge to knit with like boucle. The loops in the yarn are easily picked up and increase or decrease your stitches.
I like custom orders where I create my own patterns.I receive a picture or idea and i have to do draw and do the math to figure out how many stitches to cast on to create an image. This pug is an example of it.
I guess it is the sweater I knitted for my husband when we first met. He still wears it and the yarn is still beautiful without any fuzz. It was a $200.00 sweater just in materials in the 1980’s.
As a child, I was fascinated watching lace being made by throwing wooden spools around pins on a cushion. The woman I watched was very skilled and I have one of her pieces.
What do you like to do when you are not creating?
I enjoy walking, gardening and lately have been enjoying birdwatching.