2012 – 2016 Hobby Knitter
After moving to New York from Detroit, the first thing I did was buy some yarn (Duh…). The corporate apartment that was provided by my husband’s company was within a walking distance from Knitty City, a local yarn store (LYS) in Upper West Side. I bought some cozy red and black yarn and whipped out some hats.
Purl Soho was another LYS that I frequented at that time, because it was in the middle of Soho. Going there made me feel like a cool urban person living my life in this exciting city. Typical novice New Yorker… There I bought some really soft Merino wool yarn and made a scarf out of it.
Then I discovered Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Greenwich Village. The store carries not only its widely distributed workforce yarns like Wool Ease and Homespun, but also unique LB Collection yarns. I took up some knitting and crochet classes there, and also learned to dye yarn. (Update: It was announced that the store would be closing in April, 2020)
Aside from LYS, Craftsy (now Bluprint) online courses gave me a wide variety of opportunities to learn new techniques like cabling, intarsia, stranded and double knitting. Using the newly acquired techniques and affordable yarn from Lion Brand, I created more scarves, hats and mittens.
To some, I may already appear as a crazy knitter, but looking back, I was merely a hobby knitter at best. I still knew very little about yarn weights, fiber contents, or all those wonderful indie dyers and designers out there…