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.