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My mother taught me to knit at the age of 16, but it wasn't until my 27th year that I really understood the peace that knitting brings. There's something about sitting in a swing-back Adirondack under the lazy afternoon sun, passing yarn between my fingers that just takes my cares away.

When I'm not knitting, I'm actively saving the world. I am an environmental educator (4th graders are my favorite students) and I teach at an outdoor education center in northern Illinois. I volunteer periodically at Nachusa Grasslands, a prairie restoration site owned by The Nature Conservancy, and I also work on a prairie remnant owned by Northern Illinois University. There's something about the land that is inexplicable, enchanting, and overwhelming. Perhaps it is the struggle for survival. Perhaps it is the expanse of floating grass, like a sea in the midst of the Midwest. I don't know…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 8
  • Joined January 31, 2008

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wool, silk, alpaca, microfiber, fleece, nature, prairie, hand dyed, handspun

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About

My mother taught me to knit at the age of 16, but it wasn't until my 27th year that I really understood the peace that knitting brings. There's something about sitting in a swing-back Adirondack under the lazy afternoon sun, passing yarn between my fingers that just takes my cares away.

When I'm not knitting, I'm actively saving the world. I am an environmental educator (4th graders are my favorite students) and I teach at an outdoor education center in northern Illinois. I volunteer periodically at Nachusa Grasslands, a prairie restoration site owned by The Nature Conservancy, and I also work on a prairie remnant owned by Northern Illinois University. There's something about the land that is inexplicable, enchanting, and overwhelming. Perhaps it is the struggle for survival. Perhaps it is the expanse of floating grass, like a sea in the midst of the Midwest. I don't know. I simply love it.

In 1840, as the pioneers made their way west from the cities of the east, Eliza Steele said that the prairie is..."A world of grass and flowers stretched around me, rising and falling in gentle undulations, as if an enchanter had struck the ocean swell, and it was at rest forever…"

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