Meet Annie from Michigan, USA!
Annie is a Michigan native, returned from California. She’s a new mama, an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, knitwear designer, fiber lover and maker. She knits every chance she gets.
What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: This is a hard one, but I would have to say it’s a toss up between my LYS Woven Art Shop and Wool and Honey in Cedar, MI near where my sister lives. Wool and Honey is definitely a destination yarn shop, but well worth the trip!
Yarn: That’s like asking me to choose my favorite color, and that’s always changing! Stonehenge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool Worsted was one of the first nice yarns I started knitting with. Yarn On The House yarns — I love their color palette (and photography), Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Brooklyn Tweed, the list goes on and on.
Why do you knit? Knitting really is my zen. It brings me so much joy and inspiration. It’s a way for me to relax and rejuvenate, to meditate and create. I LOVE designing knitwear, having an idea that starts as a sketch and a swatch and ends in a garment just as you envisioned is quite rewarding indeed.
Most challenging project (and why)? A design I am currently working on. I grade my own patterns and prefer designing garments. It does require a lot of math, which I was never fond of, but I have gained a new appreciation for (and actually look forward to) using math to the extent at which I do for pattern writing.
What’s your new favorite thing? Well I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I would have to say that it’s the podcast My Favorite Murder. I’ve been binge listening to it lately. I’ve always been fascinated by true crime and murder, and this podcast manages to strike a balance between comedic banter, tangential stories, and murder. I know it sounds unlikely, but they do a great job. And I can listen to it while I knit!
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