Practical, handmade warmth
I taught myself to knit in 2001 and haven't been able to stop. My family and friends and I have really enjoyed these handmade items and I want everyone to enjoy quality handmade warmth. Handmade crafts take a long time to knit so I create items that are durable and versatile. If you take care of your item properly, it will last you many, many years.
My family serves as my models and muses. My daughter forces me to make indestructible items that cannot snag on trees, fences, or monkey bars or get in the way when she's climbing or running around. My spouse is very particular -- everything, except the softest fiber is itchy and everything must fit "just so." My mom insists that what I make be suitable for people of all ages. It's helpful to have them providing feedback as my projects must be well-made, beautiful, soft, durable, and functional!
I knit and crochet using yarns obtained in Peru or at my local farmers' markets or other sources that follow sustainable practices and use environmentally-friendly dyes. My local farmers' market carries Catskill Merino yarns. They are beautiful yarns from humanely sheared sheep, minimally processed and tinted with earth-friendly dyes.
I started working with yarn over 15 years ago and I just can't seem to stop. My beloved Mai started calling me "arañita" or little spider. (In Spanish, spiders knit their webs and are considered industrious.) I was so flattered.