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03/15/2019

Introduce Yourself

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Hi Everyone,

So far we have about 60 members in the club and we’ll be adding more in the coming weeks. If you’d like to say hi, you can comment below and introduce yourself. By no means is this a requirement and you can be as private as you’d like.

Natural History of Knitting Online Club
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    Hi everyone! My name is Krista. I live in Ashland, Kentucky, and while I dabble in many things, knitting is my true love. I used to volunteer at the local yarn store here in Ashland until it closed a few years ago. Recently, a group of us who used to gather there in the evenings to knit have started gathering again, but only once a month. I enjoy being in the presence of other knitters and have missed it so much! I work full time and go to school part time, so unfortunately, my knitting time is limited right now, but I always carry something with me and pull it out to work on whenever I get a chance, so right now I’m loving portable knits (which hubby likes because that usually translates into socks for him), but I do have several large, intricate shawls on the needles that I work on when I can give them the attention they deserve. I’m looking forward to this club. I love all things flowers, and once upon a time I was trying to learn the medicinal uses of plants, but that’s slow going when you’re teaching yourself. Not to mention that any designs of Donna’s that I’ve knitted I have enjoyed both the work and the end result. Hubby loves his Rumsiskes socks!

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    Hello. My name is Ann Hupe. I’ve been all over the place. I’ve even raised 80-S fiber wool (extremely soft) from a small flock of sheep of many colors who also trained my border collies. I no longer have the sheep or the border collies but live in SoCal with my mother and my Maine Coon cat. I’m a beginner at knitting, hoping to get some more experience, and this club sounded so cool!

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    Hello, my name is Leslie. I grew up in Canandaigua, NY, currently living in DeWitt, MI. I work at MSU Libraries. I have been knitting for about 50 yrs. I have loved Donna’s books. I have gone to Stitches Midwest for years. I currently have my stash and a friend, who passed away, stash as well. And yet I still buy yarn. My library as started monthly knit-ins that I run. A colleague’s wife who passed away knit scarves for the migrant kids who were first generation college bound. She ran the program that provides assistance for the kids. I now oversee a number of us from the library that knit scarves for the kids in her memory.

    I am working on Franklin Habit’s knit along at the moment. I hope to finish it in time to start when my Natural History Club package arrives. Looking forward to working on it.

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    Hi! My name is Carole Morin from Mancos, CO. My passions are knitting, spinning, weaving, roadwork of all kinds, and dabbling in many mediums. Not an artist as my stick figures are wonky, but love flowers and gardening and I enjoy Donna’s watercolors. Think this looks like fun and I am always ready for an adventure.

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    Elizabeth Stauderman 03/16/2019 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Hello, I’m Elizabeth from Rochester, NY. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was in 8th grade, and I have produced a huge number of hats and scarves in the last few decades. :) I’m a huge fan of Donna, having attended one of her knitting retreats in Stowe and before that, collecting her books. I love the combination of knitting, history, tradition, and culture — “Stories in Stitches” is wonderful. I’m not (yet) retired, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with the projects, but I’m going to enjoy the lessons and our online fellowship.

    • Donna Druchunas

      Hello! Will I see you in Rochester when I come to teach at the guild in April? It would be great to see you again. And don’t worry about keeping up with the projects. It’s all for fun and like you said, there will be a lot to enjoy even if you save some of the projects for later.

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    Lee Anne Coffin 03/16/2019 at 4:22 pm Reply

    Hi, everyone and welcome from Coarsegold, CA, 26 miles from Yosemite national Park. I have been an avid needle worker in all genres, but knitting is my fave. I taught knitting and crocheteing in 4-H for 8 years and still keep up with some of my girls, after 38 years! Both of our daughters were my Jr. leaders. I worked part-time in a Knit Shoppe in the Bay Area of CA before my husband and I retired to our mountains I met Donna and Dom on-line after purchasing their Stories in Stitches, and other of Donna’s stellar patterns. Such a gracious couple, and one that encourages us with the blessing and gift of the needle! I KNEW this adventure would be stellar because of the quality and caliber of Sheep to Shawl. Blessings, Lee Anne Coffin

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    My name is Carole Lake, I live in Texas, in the Hill Country, and I’m a yarn-a-holic.

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    Hi Everyone. My name is Mary, and I am so excited about this adventure! I first learned about Maria Merian several years ago, when a former colleague of mine, Kim Todd, wrote an amazing book about her: “Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis.” This project will be combining my two great passions: knitting and botanicals! I can’t wait to learn and knit with all of you. Thank you to Donna and Dominic for creating this wonderful project.

    • Donna Druchunas

      Hi, you know Kim? I wanted to write a biography of MSM way back when, and then I saw that Kim was working on hers so I didn’t bother because I could wait and read hers. Now I get to use my research in a really fun and interesting way, and very different than writing a biography. Chrysalis is a terrific book and the only full biography of MSM in English. It’ll be recommended reading later in the year. I have two other books I’ll be recommending when you get your first package. No spoilers!

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        It is a small world! Yes, Kim and I both taught at the Erie campus of Penn State. I am still there, but Kim has gone on to great adventures. “Chrysallis” was published when she was in Erie, and I was so excited for her and honored to be working with her. The book brought my interest in botany to a whole new level, and the passion with which the book is written makes it hard to put down.

        I am so excited about this project! As I mentioned previously, you are combing my passions into this one wonderful adventure. I am so grateful and so excited to begin!

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    Hi everyone, My name is Nancy, I was born in the small town Donna lives in Barton, VT. I now live in Syracuse, NY. Am a retired RN. I knit with 3 groups, teach beginners to knit at my church (very satisfying). Knitters are so friendly, caring for each other. My Mom taught me to knit around 8. I started making 4 needle mittens soon after. I have an issue grasping magic loop to make my mittens which I do once in a while. I am so excited to see how the club works!

    • Donna Druchunas

      Hi Nancy! Did you know I’m teaching at the guild in Rochester in April? We’ll be passing through Syracuse on the way! I love that you teach beginners. Making new knitters is awesome.

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    Rae Jean McPhillips 03/16/2019 at 5:07 am Reply

    Hi – my name is Rae Jean and I live in Montana. I am a retired RN and loving it! I live on 15 acres of wooded hillside here in Montana with my husband, son, daughter-in-law and 3 beautiful grand-daughters. I love knitting and spend any free time with needles in my hands. I’m excited about this journey we are about to start together!

    • Donna Druchunas

      Hi Rae Jean, welcome! That sounds lovely. Is winter over there yet? We are having some warmer weather and spring thaw here in Vermont but it’s still cold at night. Good weather for maple sugaring — cold nights, warm days.

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    Cynthia Enderlein 03/15/2019 at 10:43 pm Reply

    Hello! My name is Cynthia and I live in sunny Northern California! I learned to knit from my neighbor when I was about 8 years old. It fell by the wayside for many years when I taught myself to crochet and then later relearned knitting thanks to YouTube. I work full time as a financial applications systems analyst, but on many extended weekends you can find me and my guy traipsing through the backroads of California, looking for the beauty in our own backyard. In fact, this weekend we are in Yosemite seeing things we’ve not seen yet. We consider ourselves blessed.

    • Donna Druchunas

      Hi Cynthia, welcome! I’m really feeling the crochet itch lately. I started following some really cool crocheters and crochet designers on Instagram. But for some reason, knitting is my main passion. Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

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    Good Evening, my name is grace. I am currently retired except for the fact that I volunteer as the loom house curator at a small historical village. So I have five looms and six spinning wheels to keep full. As soon as the other wheels and winders are rebuilt/refurbished I will have 10 wheels and six looms to play with, spinning yarns and then weaving or knitting with them. I started knitting when the church’s little girl group knitted bandages for the Red Cross (a million years ago) out of cotton, # 2 needles, 30 stitches, slip the first stitch, knit 29, turn and repeat. 40 years later my mother handed me a cone of cotton with 15 Inches of knitting attached. Later, when I was about 11 I taught myself to knit and shape things from the old green “How To” book. My first project was a billfold, complete with coin pocket with a flap with a pointed end and snap. That billfold held up until sometime in high school. After a refresher course in the early 80s I have never gone more than two days without knitting. Spinning and weaving just add to the fiber goodness.

    • Donna Druchunas

      Wow, your volunteer work sounds fascinating. I wish I could come visit the museum village. I’m afraid to learn to weave. I do spin and knit and I used to sew all of my own clothes. I am afraid if I learn to weave, I will be doing nothing ever but making all of my clothes from scratch. I’m so intrigued by the idea of spinning to weave fabric to sew garments with matching handspun sweaters!

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        I was a knitter early but mostly stopped and then started weaving in college. A number of years after that I had a chance to take a beginning spinning class with a master spinner. Sewing became less and quilting and basket making stopped. Weaving is a rabbit hole that is a life-long learning experience but so satisfying.

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    Joyce Riedesel 03/15/2019 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Hello, my name is Joyce Riedesel. I’ve been knitting since I was 6, when my aunt thought it might help keep me quiet. Didn’t work. I have a passion for history and genealogy which I share with my husband. We go back to the village in Germany where his ancestors came from almost every year, so this year’s theme is quite exciting for both of us.

    • Donna Druchunas

      Hi Joyce, happy to see you here. Yes, Maria Sibylla Merian (our guide for this year) was born in Frankfurt and lived in what is now Germany for about half of her life, and then ended up in what is now the Netherlands.

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    Hello my name is Sara and I live on a small farm, Blackberry Fields Farm, where I have a small flock of Leicester Longwool sheep that are raised for fiber. I love to knit! I also enjoy many other crafts, reading and genealogy research. I especially love learning about the countries my ancestors came from and what textile arts they did. I am looking forward to being a part of this new knitting adventure!

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      Hi. My name is Sue and I live near a small town in southern Ontario. I am a retired teacher.
      I have been knitting since I was 6 or 7 and am now in my mid 70 s. That sounds so old , but I still have a passion for knitting. The colours and textures draw me in every time.
      I have grown up children and have my 2 dogs and a cat to keep me company.
      Looking forward to this new adventure.

      • Donna Druchunas

        Hi Sue! I’m sort of approaching 60 and I am so ready to be a crone. Or a hag — LOL — I named my most recent design on Knitty Cailleach Beara and someone sent me a note that they were laughing because Cailleach is hag. Well, yeah, that’s me and I am proud of it! :-D

    • Donna Druchunas

      Welcome, Sara! Your farm sounds heavenly. The sheep and the name of the farm… Do you spin, too? I’d love to hear some stories about the textile arts your ancestors did. Where do they hail from?

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        Oh yes I do spin!
        My ancestors come from Lithuania and Norway. That is why I was so excited to buy your book on Lithuanian knitting! I took my first trip to Lithuania last summer but was consumed with genealogy research and had no time to explore textile arts and sheep. But fell in love with the beaded wristlets and beaded fingerless gloves I saw being sold. My regret is that I did not buy any Lithuanian yarn….
        Currently working on a fair isle sweater with a Norwegian motif. Just finished a lace tunic top. So very happy with my tunic since I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease 2 years ago and could not knit at all. I came back slowly and now I am knitting again. My lace tunic is the diary of my illness with part knit before I was sick, part knit while I was trying to learn again and part when I gained my skills back. I am wearing it with pride to show how one can persevere and how the brain can has plasticity. I also did all the farm chores with the sheep myself taking a walker to the barn and switching to a wheel barrow to use as a walker to feed hay. I went from not being able to walk at all to using a wheelchair then a walker and now walk unassisted in just 18 months. My farm is in Maryland and I am at the MD sheep and wool festival yearly. I love reading wveryone’s Introductions and you all sound amazing

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      Sara, are you part of the Shave ’em to Save em? Leicester Longwools are on the list. That would be so cool if you were part of that.

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