I'm the oldest girl in a family of six born to Eastern European immigrants. My grandparents lived with us and I learned knitting at my Estonian grandmother's knee. I knit back in the 70s when it wasn't popular and made sweaters for myself and many family members.
I knit through college and then took a break. I got into quilting and writing. I moved from Chicago to New England, married my college sweetheart, had two boys...We were getting ready for a ski trip in the late 1990s and I suddenly had this intense need to knit again. I drove to Webs, bought a pattern for a simple hat and yarn enough to make two. I did them both that night! The next day I went back for more yarn for a vest, took that on the ski trip and knit instead of skied. With needles in my hands and yarn running through my fingers I felt like I was home again.
I love knitting special gifts. My oldest son was bagpiper for his high school and I knit him kilt socks for his graduation. I also love pushing my limits. These days I'm exploring my Estonian roots by doing Estonian lace (Nancy's Bush's book has been a great beginning). The Webs Expert Knitter program taught me to be fearless in approaching my knitting and I'm grateful for that new perspective.
I'm on ravlery as annav My writing is at http://www.annaviadero.com/