Here’s a quick video on how to add a yo when you’ve forgotten it the row below.
So here’s more about Jess.
When and how did you get started in the fiber arts?
My mom taught me how to knit when I was a child, but I didn’t pick it up with any enthusiasm until I had children of my own. I started off with crochet, and then expanded to knitting and eventually spinning because I found Ravelry and fell down the rabbit hole of fiber arts. That was about 14 years ago, and I’m so glad I did!
In about 2009, I started my own indie dyer biz – Storied Yarns – and I ran that for a few years before eventually packing up my dyes to pursue VA work instead.
What got you started with writing?
I’ve been writing for online magazines and other publications since I was in high school, actually. I was an English major in college, and I taught high school English for a few years but had trouble finding a teaching job when we moved from Florida to Tennessee about 10 years ago. So instead, I found freelance writing jobs online, and I started working on Storied Yarns more seriously.
What’s your favorite part about being a VA?
It has always been the people. I get to be part of so many amazing and creative businesses, and to “hang out” online with the amazing and creative women behind those businesses (all of my clients, currently, just happen to be women). It’s a real privilege.
What’s your favorite project you’ve made?
Oh wow, I don’t think I have one! That would be like choosing a favorite book – a nearly impossible task.
I like to think of myself as a selfish knitter, but most of the projects that make me smile the most are the ones I’ve made for other people. Hats to show appreciation to my co-workers, a shawl for a grieving friend, a sweater for my niece of a toy for my kids. It makes me feel good to show people I care about them through my knitting and crocheting.
What’s your favorite fiber blend to knit with?
I prefer wool blends that have sparkle nylon or
The Fairy Tale Knits Team
I couldn’t do all I do without help. This week you’re going to meet the newest team member, Sarah. Sarah will be writing most of the blog posts you’ll find here. We’ve been friends for over a decade and I’m so happy to have her
My name is Sarah I’m excited to be joining the Fairy Tale Knits team! A little bit about me: I am a jack-of-all-trades Creative Soul. I have a BFA in Fine Art specialized in sculpture and currently teach sewing and crochet at a little shop in San Antonio, Texas. What qualities made Dawn invite me to her team? I’m a practitioner of many fiber related crafts and a bona fide Geek. We can discuss the merits of wool to silk ratio in a yarn base one minute and whether or not new Spock is living up to the standard set by old Spock the next. As I write this my music channel selection is set to “movie soundtrack”, it just shifted from Lord of the Rings to Star Wars. I first sat at a sewing machine at age five (on my mothers’ lap), I’ve crocheted for close to fifteen years and knitted for a bit less than that. I’ve taught theater and art at the high school level. I love costuming and am fairly knowledgeable in the history of fashion. I’ve thrown clay pots, dyed fabric, used power chisels on limestone, made paper, created batiks, built whole building following the legal guidelines for my area, fixed my car and still have a long list of things I would love to learn how to do. And, as you can tell, I like to blather on and can do so on many subjects
What’s on my docket?
At work, we are gearing up for the new round of ‘boot camps’ which I have taught many times. I love these classes! We take people from “I’ve never touched a sewing machine” to “I made this! And I’m wearing it! It fits!”
My younger daughter is progressing in her own sewing skill and has a classic sheath dress she wants to work on. Far and away my most difficult student…
I added a Crochet 103 to our offerings in the shop, it’s “how to work in the round (Granny Squares)”. Personally, I don’t much care for granny squares, but people want to learn how to do them so I’m accommodating that chunk of the population
I’m learning free motion quilting. I’ve got two baby-sized quilts in progress with different stitching styles planned. Neither has a deadline or a recipient, they are really just practice. If they turn out okay they will get donated to Project Linus.
Also, One Act Play season is just beginning, I may get some commission work from the local high schools again this year. (I keep hoping someone does a
In great hopes that by the time this is
I’m half-way through a simple triangle shawl in a lovely fine yarn in a slightly mottled purple with some grey stripes added for interest. The lacy border will have some grey as well. This is a stash buster project and I intend to try and use up all the yarn as it’s a colorway that was ended several years ago. This is for
Other Arts & Crafts
I’ve been noodling around with bookbinding techniques. The husband is planning a garden again. He has not accepted the fact that I have a black thumb.
And if you haven’t guessed by now, my creative space is a MESS! One cannot have that many tabs open in the Brain Browser without it getting messy…
Here is the link to the bundle I created with all of these patterns.
Do you need help with making your gauge swatch not lie? Listen now for my tips!
Here’s the blog that gave me the tip for tracking what needle size you used.
(This is the old picture, my current project is missing. I know it’s here somewhere)
Green and Grey Scarf
Next Weaving Project