Been knitting since I was five; kids are grown and out living their lives; now it’s my turn….
I’m a wife, mom, grand-mom, and retired accountant living on the southern coast of Oregon. Since 2010 my knitting focus has been designing, writing and teaching. As of April 2017, I have over 80 knitting patterns under my belt. Of those designs, 28 patterns are included in my book Bargello Knits. My most recent knitting accomplishment has been the release of the 2nd edition of Bargello Knits, which I have self-published.
My knitting business, Patty's Knits, has expanded to include sample knitting for other designers. I have also begun to dabble in jewelry-making which gets me elbows-deep into a very different medium than the squishy softness of yarn. Through all of my crafty endeavors, the sound of the ocean is my constant companion.
I am having great fun doing what I love — on my own terms. When it stops being fun, I’ll do something else!
Why knit? Why knot!
…God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Cor 1:3-4 (NASB)
It’s no surprise that I knit, and knit, and knit. As a little girl in a confusing world that moved too quickly for me to understand, I found comfort in the small sitting room where Aunt Frances lived. Watching her hands move with the steady clicking of knitting needles seemed to stop the world in its tracks as it spun out of control elsewhere. I could stay there for hours, and many times I did. I was five years old when she first put needles and yarn in my hands.
A lifetime of comfort has been found watching my own hands glide over all manner of needlework, my favorite continuing to be hand-knitting. After coming to terms with my life, my God, my past, I find myself walking out the present hand-in-hand with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, finally able to look to the future with hope. Peace has found me deep in my soul, surrounded by the comfort of yarn and needles that God placed in my life so long ago in the form of my dear aunt.
Having been comforted in this way, the Holy Spirit has pressed me into service to comfort those with the same comfort with which I have been comforted……
So, with needles and yarn at the ready, I will continue to knit, teach, write and share with those God puts in my life until He tells me to do something else, ever mindful of the love I am blessed with. It’s about knitting, but it’s not really about knitting.