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Grandma taught me to knit when I was seven. She encouraged me as I knit up little green slippers with pearl plastic buttons on the toes, scavenged from her big button jar in the basement.

Clothes are so important to how we feel, they give so much pleasure and help us express ourselves to the world. Grandpa ran a women's clothing store "Resneck's" in Indiana with his brother and my great-grandmother. He would send me a special dress each winter. It always fit perfectly and had a skirt with built-in petticoats so it would twirl. Despite the passage of time since we had last seen each other, the "twirly dresses" would always fit perfectly.

After knitting and crocheting by hand for years, I was telling someone that I loved to knit and he said, "don't they have machines that do that?" Yes, why yes indeed they do…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 29
  • Joined September 28, 2007

Favorite materials

Merino wool, alpaca, mercerized cotton, leather, sharpies, seed beads, mechanical pencils, gold wire, china markers, wooden buttons, porcelain

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About

Grandma taught me to knit when I was seven. She encouraged me as I knit up little green slippers with pearl plastic buttons on the toes, scavenged from her big button jar in the basement.

Clothes are so important to how we feel, they give so much pleasure and help us express ourselves to the world. Grandpa ran a women's clothing store "Resneck's" in Indiana with his brother and my great-grandmother. He would send me a special dress each winter. It always fit perfectly and had a skirt with built-in petticoats so it would twirl. Despite the passage of time since we had last seen each other, the "twirly dresses" would always fit perfectly.

After knitting and crocheting by hand for years, I was telling someone that I loved to knit and he said, "don't they have machines that do that?" Yes, why yes indeed they do.

I ordered a Bond Ultimate Sweater Machine (As Seen on TV!) and started learning the ropes. Later I bought a 1960's Japanese Brother KH-881 for $100 on eBay which was completely busted in a million ways, and spent hours trying to nurse it back to life before moving on. Now I own SEVEN knitting machines and am a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Machine Knitting Guild. I still knit by hand with my crew the Yarn Wranglers. We meet up at a Cafe in Berkeley on Tuesday nights.

Contact me about special orders and custom work.

www.myrrhia.com
Visit me on Ravelry, username: Myrrhia

Lately, my inspiration is middle eastern colors and patterns, 60's modernism, Japanese wabi sabi, Alexander McQueens' Bladerunner futurism, Paco Raban, Pierre Cardin, the circus, gypsies, and steam punk. I love the way knitting permits the designer to create a garment shape and textile simultaneously with little waste.

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