My name is Liz and I LOVE pie. My family used to spend a week on Shelter Island every summer and the trip home always included a stop at a pie shop that still exists today! Strawberry Rhubarb is my favorite, IF, it's not too gooey. I don't like my pie gooey, but I do like it cooked enough. Such a delicate balance.
My first knitting experience was really a casting on experience. Over and over. My world was the block I lived on and my friends lived on either side of the street. At the age of five or six we were sitting in a driveway, it didn't seem at all strange to be sitting on the concrete back then, and wrapping yarn around fallen branches. One of our mothers HAPPENED to walk by, mothers didn't seem to need to always know where their children were back then, and noticed that we were casting on. She decided to teach us how to knit, but first let all the other mothers know so that they could participate in the teaching. All of our mothers were knitters, crocheters, needlepoint doers, and sewing machine owners and users. So, we learned how to knit and I'm going to guess that it was several years before any of us actually completed anything. But, we were knitting.
My favorite movie is actually Saturday Night Fever because it captures a time and a place that really existed. I took ballet lessons in the dance studio it was filmed in and my parents took ballroom dancing there as well, years before I was born. But, more importantly, there were really people who looked, and sounded, and walked like Tony Manero. So, it brings me back. To Brooklyn and Bay Ridge and my life from 0-18.
I got back into knitting when I worked in Cambridge after graduating from college. I wrote one of my first articles in grad school about my LYS Woolcott and Company which was conveniently located across from the building where I worked. That was a period of serious sweater knitting.
Now I knit scarves and shawls and hats and lace. I like working with lace weight yarn. I also crochet. I've been crocheting a lot lately because I'm teaching crochet and polishing my garment making crochet skills. As a result I've developed a real yearning to knit something. I like to mix things up. I embroider and paint as well.
I recently moved from Sleepy Hollow NY to Oakland CA. And I love it here.