Meet the Makers
I was fortunate to grow up in a household where my grandparents lived with us. My grandmother was a knitter and crocheter, and I have fond memories of sitting next to her watching her knit and crochet. It was her patience the helped me learned to knit and fueled the passion I have today for knitting. I love color, fiber, and creating, and coming to work each day is a joy since Makers’ Mercantile is the center of color, fiber, and creativity for me.
My fascination with making started with my grandma Sue. She always had a hook in hand and turned out the most intricate dolls and the most vibrant afghans. Under her guidance, I took up crocheting at age nine and couldn't get enough! The fact that we can combine our creativity with the swift movement of our hands to make extraordinarily unique items never gets old to me.
My kindergarten teacher proclaimed on my first report card that I “talk too much” – and that really hasn’t changed. I grew up curious and creative and continue to be inspired by my friends, and the world around me. I made the move to Washington to work at Makers’ Mercantile and have found a beautiful space to call home. I feel lucky to get to share my time with our customers and my family at the shop.
I have always been very tactile and crafting has allowed me to touch and smoosh all the yarns. My favorite part of any project, knit or crochet, is picking the color and I particularly love putting together complimentary color combinations. While I love all projects, knit socks hold a special place in my heart, and I am never without a pair of socks on the needles.
Crafting has been in my family for generations- I learned beading, embroidery, and baking from my great-grandma, sewing from my grandma and knitting and crochet from my mom. Making things is just what we do in my family. I now craft as a hobby and am on a mission to attempt to make all of the clothes in my wardrobe.
I have been knitting since I was about 8 years old, and my mother was my teacher. Though I did knit a cabled sweater for my brother-in-law for Christmas one year when I was about 14, I didn't really care for knitting and gave it up soon after the sweater. When I finally decided to start knitting again, my mother had passed away, so I had to re-teach myself. I started with lace edgings and soon became obsessed with lace. My mother had been an English thrower and obviously taught me well, because when I took up knitting again, I worked just as she had shown me. Fast forward a couple of decades, and I landed a job with skacel! I learned SO MUCH during my time there, eventually becoming a pattern technical editor, among other duties. I now work at Makers' Mercantile, and love my interaction with knitters and other "makers". I have learned that I am a process knitter, rather than a project knitter. For me it is all about the construction and how to modify, fix, or experiment with techniques.
As a 5 year-old, my father brought me a 5 gallon bucket of popsicle sticks. Instead of building a house, I colored them all. Eventually I branched out to puff paints and ceramic figure painting. I have fully embraced my need to make things, and always have an arts or craft project going. I started knitting in 2018 and yarn dyeing in 2019, and it couldn't be more fun. And I'm fortunate enough to get to make graphics and designs for Makers' Mercantile!