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I started knitting and sewing in my pre-teen years. I've never stopped sewing (mostly to hem pants or make curtains), but I did stop knitting in my mid-20s. I didn't pick it up again until my mid-30s. I always considered myself a novice knitter. Never made anything other than flat things (scarves, dishcloths, etc) and only ever used acrylic....until one day I was at a Jenny Lewis show (folk rock singer).

I'll preface this story with the fact that I'd tried a few times before to visit a certain yarn store in my hometown however, the owner was cold and not inviting at all. Sorta frightened me, in fact…

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  • Born on August 1
  • Joined September 19, 2006

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Like my facebook page!
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I started knitting and sewing in my pre-teen years. I've never stopped sewing (mostly to hem pants or make curtains), but I did stop knitting in my mid-20s. I didn't pick it up again until my mid-30s. I always considered myself a novice knitter. Never made anything other than flat things (scarves, dishcloths, etc) and only ever used acrylic....until one day I was at a Jenny Lewis show (folk rock singer).

I'll preface this story with the fact that I'd tried a few times before to visit a certain yarn store in my hometown however, the owner was cold and not inviting at all. Sorta frightened me, in fact.

Anyway, at the Jenny Lewis show, I saw a girl dressed pretty hip, she had ribbons in her pigtails, a brightly colored knitted shrug and BIG hoop earrings. She also had a small bag attached to her wrist and was knitting something small - looked like a sock. I was so mesmerized by her craft that I just couldn't watch the show. I sat there the entire time staring at her. After the show, I wanted to walk up to her to tell her how much she'd inspired me, but I lost her and never saw her again. I was disappointed.

The next day I decided that I would NO LONGER be intimidated by rude yarn store owners or knitting things of shape and darnit, I wanted to find and learn to knit with a yarn OTHER than drugstore acrylic. I scoured the web. I searched for and found several great tutorials for making socks along with videos of certain stitches necessary to complete a pair of socks. I studied for an entire day. Once I figured I felt confident enough to actually make it happen, I then searched for another yarn shop to visit, considering the one I knew of wasn't the one I'd be shopping in (patronize those who provide you good service, they'll appreciate you so much more). I found one even closer to my home! BONUS.

So I started off on my adventure. As I pulled into the parking lot, my heart started jumping out of my chest, I was so scared! But, I was not going to let a couple of bad experiences taint my desire to create! I started sweating, my heart was beating so fast as I walked up to the door. I stood there for a moment building up the courage to walk in. Then I did it! I walked in to the store. And you'll NEVER guess who was standing behind the counter?! YES, it was that girl! The one who I so badly wanted to talk to. She greeted me with a friendly smile. I stood there and spilled my guts and told her my story. I told her how wide-eyed I'd become by watching her move so fast and knitting something so small. She was flattered. I told her how intimidated I was by the woman who owned the yarn store down the road and she told me that many people had told her about the "wicked witch of yarn". Bless her heart, she spent well over an hour with me in the store showing me the kinds of yarn and needles necessary to create something that wasn't flat.

I've been knitting and creating ever since. My world changed because of one person and her kindness.

And yes, I've knitted many pairs of socks since then.

While I've always been into fiber arts, I'm also interested in making anything beautiful and I enjoy working with vintage or recycled items.

Also, check out mine and my partner's store, DragonFish Antiquities:
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