It’s said that we don’t really know what we think about things until we write it down. Knits From The Woodlot is me writing it down – thoughts about knitting, creating, cooking, my dog, maybe more . . .
I don’t know yet. I haven’t written it all down.
I knit a lot, design a bit, buy way too much yarn, teach about fibre, and am one of the founders of the YarnOver SleepOver Retreat held annually in Orillia, Ontario.
I’m mad about yarn and fibre and all the things that can be done with them – knitting, crocheting, felting, sewing, but not spinning or weaving … at least not yet.
From 2010 to 2017, I worked at Patternfish, writing and editing the newsletters, coaching new designers, answering customers’ questions, and representing Patternfish on Ravelry. I loved the writing and the contact with people who were deeply engaged in creating with fibre. While I’ve bid adieu to Patternfish, I didn’t want to say goodbye to the things I loved, hence this website and blog.
In my previous life, I worked in advertising, marketing, and market research. Working with teams to develop new products, conducting focus groups, and learning what drove customers’ behaviour were my passions. I’m coming full circle in someways.
Why launch a website and a blog?
Six years working at Patternfish gave me exposure to hundreds designers, thousands of patterns, and many, many customers. I wrote the newsletter, curated the pattern collection, coached new designers, and was the company’s Ambassador on Ravelry.
When I decided it was time to move on, I talked to friends about what I would miss. Change always means a sense of loss and grief and I realized that it was the contacts and the writing that would leave the biggest holes in my life. A friend said, “You should have a blog!” Thank you, Rachel.
I hate the word blog. The content of blogs I enjoy reading is entertaining, often educational, sometimes enlightening, but the word blog just sits there on the page like a dead thing. Is there a better word? I hope someone invents one, but no matter… starting this website blog is exciting and fun for me. I hope visitors and readers enjoy it as much as I do.
My plan is to write about anything and everything that interests me, not just knitting. Cooking is one of those things so I’ve included the recipe for the bread shown in my Saturday Bread Baker’s Mitts.
Why call this Knits From the Woodlot?
The name Knits From The Woodlot came about when I knew it was time to get pattern ideas out of my head and on to a page. It’s clear from working with designers that at its best, knit designing, like all art, is often spontaneous and always dependant upon inspiration. Designs need to be created. I had ideas floating around in my head for some time, and they needed to get out.
A big decision for every designer is – what do I call my pattern line? I thank my husband for the name, Knits From The Woodlot. Four years ago we bought a small house on Lake Ontario, beside the Petticoat Creek Conservation area, just east of Toronto.
We are surrounded by trees; we heat our house with a wood stove; we have three wood cribs that need filling every year, and a dog that loves to drag enormous sticks from the woods. Wood is pretty central to our life, so the name made perfect sense. This is what mornings look like from the deck outside my office.
Woods and forests are important when we travel, too, like when we flew hawks in Ireland this past Fall.
Learning has driven me in a most pleasurable way all my life. Life is beginning anew with adventures and challenges.