Welcome to my Yarn Addiction! Thanks for stopping by!
Coming to you from Dallas, Texas….No I can’t stand the
heat but this is where my family lives. I am a
self-taught knitter who began knitting in early 2005. I
loved crocheting when I was a child but did not re-visit
crochet until I started knitting.
The knitting bug started with the need to make a baby
gift. After going through the whole gamut of handmade
gift choices, I thought, “Oh, I’ll just teach myself to
knit and whip up a quick baby blanket”. It didn’t
exactly work out that way as it took me two weeks to
complete 4 rows! I had instructional books, DVDs, etc.,
and all of them were open and going at the same time.
Each morning I would wake up and tell myself I was
smarter than the needles, but most days the needles won.
I realized it wasn’t brain surgery but….for whatever
reasons, I had a very difficult time getting over the
first hurdle. Once my brain cells reorganized, I was off
and running! My newly acquired persona began collecting
yarn and patterns. For months all I did was swatch
different yarns, determined to sample every type of
fiber that existed. It took me six months to complete
that first baby blanket due to the distractions my new
fibers and tools caused me.
Like most people who knit and crochet, I have a past
life of dabbling in the whole “mill”
of various craft projects ranging from macramé (yes, I
just said macramé) to scrap booking. Of all the
different crafts I have worked with, nothing has ever
taken over my life the way knitting and fiber collecting
After my acquisitions took over every empty space in the
house, the yarn formed a union and demanded its own
room. The specific room the yarn wanted happened to be
my husband’s home office. He bowed down to the demands
of the yarn and moved his office to the other side of
the house. The YarnOverLounge was born and it has
continued to grow by leaps and bounds. A week without
receiving at least one new yarn is a sad week.
I retired from Corporate America in 2005, thanks to my
husband. I think back to that life when I was slaving
away behind office walls, not really enjoying what I was
doing. I am so fortunate that I can wake up every
morning and follow my passion with knitting, I don’t
take one day of it for granted. My husband’s
encouragement, financially and in every other way has
been the main reason I have continued with my creations.
I have felt compelled to immerse myself in the yarn
industry. I did not want to enter the industry in any
way that would step on toes of the friendships I have
developed with yarn shop owners and others in the
industry. I decided the best way to accomplish this
would be to design my own garments.
I don’t know where this knitting journey will take me,
but I do know the stops along the way are exciting. The
friendships I have established because of knitting are
invaluable to me. If all I ever get out of the journey
are the great friends who I have made, I will have more
than I could ever have hoped for.
I have created, executed and written all of the patterns
you will see on this website. The knitting and crochet
was not done by hired or non-hired help. I have re-knit
the patterns after they are typed up to check for
accuracy. My design style is based on creating something
that is not easily found in a store’s ready to wear
section. I strive to design my garments with that little
This website and my knitting would not be possible
without the constant support of my family and friends:
my husband, for all his continued support and a “follow
your dreams” attitude. My friends in other parts of the
country with whom I collaborate constantly…..Karen, any
day I don’t email with you is an empty day. Thank you
for everything you have helped me with; your friendship
is invaluable. Judy, you are my knitting rock and a
kindred spirit. Astrid, you have been my sweetheart of
encouragement and a true friend. Jeff, for your
fantastic photography and decades of support. Chris, my
logo and web designer….thank you for your artistic
genius and putting up with my constant nit-picking. You
have given me a logo and site that truly represents me.
Ellen and the staff at Desert Design Knitz, thank you
for the finest quality products, constant inspiration
and the people you have brought into my life. Last but
far from least, Tricia and Sheila. I love you both more
than words can say.
AND…..to my four-legged children who keep me very happy
and continue to threaten my yarn stash:
I hope you return and visit the site frequently. Please
know your comments and suggestions are always welcome!
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