Meet Kim from the USA!
Kim is currently living in beautiful St. Albans, UK, an ancient Roman city with a twice weekly market that has been going for over 1,000 years. Before moving to the UK seven years ago she lived in the equally beautiful Los Angeles for 25 years where nothing has been around that long. In addition to knitting and crochet Kim loves to cook.
What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: Sadly I don’t have a “local” yarn store, and I’d be hard pressed to name one favorite of all the shops I’ve visited around the world. I’m fortunate enough to get into the eclectic and beautiful Loop London occasionally for inspiration, yarn, and trinkets, and when I’m in New York I always pop into Purl Soho to pick up some of my favorite US yarns. When travelling anywhere I always try to check out any local yarn shops and bring back something, (hopefully a local yarn), that I can make into a wearable souvenir of the trip.
Yarn: Whichever one I’m working with at the moment, but always natural fibres.
Why do you knit? My aunt taught me how to knit and crochet as a young girl, but I set both aside for many years. About 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my son I picked up the knitting needles to make a few things for him, but they got set aside again when he was born. When I moved to the UK I picked up my knitting needles to ward off boredom and loneliness as I didn’t really know anyone other than my husband here. I have not put them down since – I am never bored when I have a project, (or two or three), in the works! Now I knit and crochet because I have to…just like a writer needs to write or a painter needs to paint.
Most challenging project (and why)? I love a knitting or crochet challenge, so complicated projects or learning new techniques don’t really faze me. Where I get tripped up is on the second sleeve, so I’d have to say anything with sleeves! Strangely I’m fine with two socks or two mittens, but the number of projects in my basket awaiting a second sleeve is shameful.
What’s your new favorite thing? Wool blend yarns – wool/cotton, wool/linen, wool/silk – I’m trying a lot of different ones. I’m sensitive to some types of wool, so it’s always nice to know I’ll actually be able to wear some of my makes!
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