I first learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 years old, but I didn’t stick with it, partly because we moved to a new state and I was too shy to ask for another knitting teacher. Later on, I decided I wanted to start again.
Little did I know where this would take me! After I’d successfully retrained my fingers to knit, I found myself wanting to spin and then to weave. My friends and family have gotten used to receiving handcrafts for birthdays and Christmas, and will even make specific requests. (“Rachel, I just got a new winter coat; could you make me a hat like the one you made for me a few Christmases back, only in gray instead of red?”)
I don’t really have the knack to teach, but I love to tell people how much fun it is to create something out of fiber. I decided I should devote some space on this website talking about the supplies I use as well as my projects. I’ll be providing links along the way.
As the wise Elizabeth Zimmerman said, “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” I’ve found that to be true of spinning and weaving as well. Above all, we must craft with confidence and hope through all crises.