Hello. My name is Anna, and I’m a cancer. 😛 I met Karin through an online writing community, but got to know her better through the Ravelry forums. If you are not already aware, Ravelry is a website for knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners of fiber, and everything else of the fiber sort, to converse, find patterns, as well as find help with whatever you may need. No, this is not a paid post. I love the site THAT MUCH!
Anyhoo. A little bit about me. I am very close to being a 35 year old, a mother of an 11 and 8 year old, a wife, and reside on a small hobby-ish farm in Rural Iowa. Growing up, I hated the fact that I had to grow up in Iowa. Now? I love it. On our “farm,” we have egg-laying hens and a couple of jackhole roosters. Well, just one is a jackhole. The other one is shy. And also, about 12 goats, ranging in various ages. We also have a few rabbits, but they are going to live elsewhere very soon. We’ve found out that rabbits aren’t our “thing.”
If I could classify myself, I would say that I’m a wannabe artist. That is, if I could not work and just craft all day, COUNT ME IN. Alas, I have bills to pay, but trust me, I’m still a crafter. Mostly, my craft is knitting. A little background on that….my fiber history, that is…
I learned how to chain crochet when I was a sophomore in high school. Because egos run high at that age…and a little while after, I was totally a crocheter. To be honest, I didn’t count my stitches, which I later found out, was quite important, unless you couldn’t care less whether your afghan edges where straight lines or not. I cared, but not enough…so yeah, you know. In my later college years I decided that I liked the look of knitted stitches better then crocheted stitches, so I bought a book or two, and they sat on the bookshelf for several years. Fast forward to 2007, when I realized that YouTube was an amazing thing that had knitting video/tutorials to help me. You see, the books? Sooo two dimensional. But a combination of the definitions and the videos helped me get a very fleeting grasp on how to knit.
Ignore my foot!!
Then I heard about Ravelry, and I thought, “huh, I can (kind of) knit.” So in October of 2008, I joined, and there was no going back. I was shy at first, which is absolutely hilarious, and totally lurked the group/forums I wanted to join, but then I saw a pattern I wanted to start, and I was clueless. I put my big girl britches on and said Girl, Time to Get Real. So I got real, and I posted in a forum and asked questions. And now, I can make pretty things. I still need help on things, which I love, because it means I can seriously grow in my craft. But the best part about my preferred artistic method, is the friends I made because of it. There are a certain group of amazing women, and maybe a gentleman, with spectacular horns, that have my heart. They know who they are. I owe my love of my craft to them. I owe a lot to them. Karin is one of them. ❤
Soooo, knitting is my craft, but hobby farming is my second forced hobby. I live for the country air and you are invited to my piece of heaven any time. Find a little bit of it below.
Much love, and CRAFT ON!