I’m a native Californian living in Los Angeles. I’ve always had restless, busy fingers and knitting keeps them fluttering happily.
I currently do knit repairs and teach knitting lessons — I will come to you or your group and bring all the supplies you need! I also preside over a small knitting group that meets at Literati Cafe in West Los Angeles.
How did this all get started? I did a bit of crochet as a kid and in October of 2005 I picked up knitting. I’d been looking for a way to express myself creatively, and there is a zen to the process of knitting that I find infinitely soothing. I’ve heard of studies explaining that when your body is busy, your mind is free to be more attentive, and that’s certainly what happens to me when I pick up my needles. I just crave the process. With the exception of a few false starts (the Lion homespun garter stitch scarf that is still at the bottom of my yarn bin) I’ve been fairly successful at finishing projects.
And with each new ball of yarn that became something after the flicking of my fingertips, I felt compelled to give it away and reach for the next skein. After a few “surprise” gifts to family and friends (thanks, mom, for being so overjoyed at getting my first-ever pair of socks!) and some frantic nights knitting into the wee hours to finish a gift, I decided to change my approach.
Except for the occasional baby bonnet or stuffed animal, I now try to give knitting gifts in a more recipient friendly way. For my sister’s birthday I took her to breakfast with a stack of Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting and we looked at pictures. Then I dragged her to a bookstore to look at yet another round of knitting books until I finally saw her eyes light up at the sight of the lace shawl she wanted.
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