Walking into a yarn store for me is equivalent to being the proverbial kid in a candy store. My mouth literally waters! Colors and textures are overwhelming, yet, somehow simultaneously soothing.
Living in the West Village and strolling the streets with my dog, I soon discovered a quaint little knitting store on Bedford Street and became a frequent customer. I would go there every morning with my dog before the store opened. The manager tolerated my drooling over the yarns. First picks were mine! She recognized a good customer when she met one!
One year later I began working at the store. I soon realized I actually had a knack for helping customers with their knitting questions, patterns and frustrations. Three months after that, I was teaching beginner classes. Much to my surprise, I LOVED teaching people how to knit. It was so gratifying to watch students master skills and feel a sense of accomplishment while becoming life-long knitters.
Unfortunately, that quaint little knitting store has since closed. I have moved on to teaching at Annie & Co. (www. annieandco.com) on the Upper East Side of New York City and Hartsdale Fabrics (www.hartsdalefabrics.com) in Westchester, NY.
As a knitwear designer I believe in classic designs. Simple but special items that are not only comfortable, but can be worn both to the beach or out to dinner, (children’s clothing included).
All of my patterns have been written with the beginner knitter in mind. Garments are constructed simply but with elegant details and minimal finishing.
Unlike many children’s knitting patterns, the patterns in this book are knit in one piece or in the round with minor seaming and finishing.