Hi I’m Kristina, from upstate New York, where I live with my husband and our four children, two cats and a dog. My solo crafting hobbies help to soothe my introvert side, as my household can be rather busy, and my work as a preschool speech-language pathologist is anything but quiet.
I come from a long line of crafters. My Norwegian great-grandmother made all of her clothing and could sew beautiful garments without patterns. She did lacework, hardanger, tatting and embroidery. Her daughter, my “Beam” taught me latch hook, counted cross-stitch and knitting years ago. Beam has been famous with family and friends for her very finely knit baby sweaters and blankets. My mother was a beautiful seamstress and made me many lovely dresses, overalls with appliqué and even Little House on the Prairie bonnets.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I revisited knitting with gusto, making baby sweaters, hats, rompers and blankets. My kids and I taught ourselves to crochet via YouTube one winter break about ten years ago: first we chained for miles, then made simple bookmarks, then washcloths and then hats. One hat, in fact, kicked off an incredible journey for me. I opened my own Etsy Shop, For You and Yarn, selling custom owl hats, then other items like scarves and eventually the famous Claire Mitts, which became an overnight success after the premiere of the Outlander show. My Etsy Shop allowed me to be present for my children while using my knitting and crocheting hobby to make items to sell, which in turn paid for swim lessons or gymnastics classes. I will always be grateful for the way my little hobby could help our family during those years.
After discovering Scheepjes during the Last Dance CAL, I have been a super fan, participating in many CALs, MALs and KALs. The support during their CALs is like no other. From creative designers to well written patterns to helpful videos to a vast array of dreamy yarn, I fell in love again and again. When I was asked to join the mod team, I didn’t hesitate. This is my joy and these are my people.