I started knitting when I was 17 years old. I was born and raised in Southern California, but moved to North Dakota just before my senior year of high school. Moving from a large city to a smaller town was tougher than I expected. Most of the people my age already had established friend groups, and there weren’t very many new students in the town at the time.
At that age, sewing was one of my favorite hobbies and I spent most of my afternoons crafting (or playing video games) with my little sisters. Unfortunately for me, our Walmart eliminated its fabric section. Yarn, hooks and needles were pretty much the only crafty thing left, so I decided to give it a shot. I didn’t know any knitters or crocheters in person, so I relied on YouTube.
By the time I moved away for college in Billings, I felt pretty good about my progress as a yarn crafter. It was a great move for me because Billings was the first place I had a Local Yarn Store. I was able to meet real live knitters in person, and I got to knit with something other than acrylic yarn. The ladies at Wild Purls were there to encourage me when I worked on my submission to Knitty, and celebrate with me when I actually got in! Suddenly I had in-person friends of all ages who shared my love of fiber arts, and after publishing a few more patterns on Ravelry, I had online friends as well.
When I graduated college, I took a break from pattern design and public crafting to focus on being a young adult and learning how to do my new job. I also started collecting knitting machines, learned to spin and dye my own yarn and even adopted two french angoras.
These days, I’m a high school teacher, in the same small town, at the same school where I graduated more than 10 years ago. I teach Physics, Robotics and Computer Science, so yarn talk doesn’t come up very often during my work day.
I’ve kept my website open because always wanted to return to StrangeKnits as a side project. Until recently, I wasn’t sure how to balance teaching and crafting, but with the opening of Hansens Unlimited Artists and Crafters Mall in my town, I have the means to locally offer hand-dyed yarns and printed patterns in my space there. All new patterns will still be available online, and if all goes well, I’m hoping to offer online yarn sales in the future.