Meet Maria from Asheville, NC! Maria is completely obsessed with anything to do with fiber and herbs. She feeds her passion through knitting, spinning, designing knitwear, naturally dyeing yarn, herbal medicine, and pod-casting about it all. Her website and podcast on YouTube is Ninja Chickens.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: Black Mountain Yarn Shop – Beautiful yarns and wonderful people!
Yarn: There are so many!  Right now, though, I’m really enjoying knitting with yarns that come from small farms, especially when I know the sheep who have produced the yarn.

Why do you knit?: I have to!  It’s an obsession!  If I don’t have knitting in my hands, I feel antsy.  It helps calm my mind. I love putting together colors and creating things that my family can wear to keep them warm and feel themselves surrounded by love.  I also love learning about different sheep breeds, where they are from, their history, their different fleeces, and knitting from their yarns.

Most challenging project (and why?): The hardest time I’ve ever had working on a project was one of my own designs.  I had a picture in my head of something specific and it took months to figure out how to make it all work.  I have to admit, it was a bit stressful, but I’m so happy with the final product.

What’s your new favorite thing?:  Steeking – I just cut my first color work sweater into a cardigan and I LOVED cutting it!  Now, I want to knit and cut everything. Everyone around me needs a new cardigan.

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