With color, texture and patterns being among some of my favorite things, knitting is a natural fit for me. As a young girl, I was mesmerized by watching my grandma create beautiful lace doilies with fine string on tiny crochet hooks or the click clack of her knitting needles making slippers; her hands always seemed to move effortlessly, beautifully. First my grandma taught me the basics of crochet, of which she was the queen, but then the real magic happened, she taught me the basics of knitting. I will never forget the day my grandma handed me a pair of blue size 8 aluminum knitting needles (that I still have) and a ball of navy blue yarn and I cast on my first stitches. I could only knit straight rows, but I was in love. Eventually my knitting evolved; I devoured books and watched online tutorials to teach myself more complex stitches and methods of knitting and am still learning new things all of the time. I taught myself how to deconstruct stitches and patterns in order to fix mistakes and eventually began writing my own original patterns.
In early 2012 I needed to leave my job due to chronic pain and what would be the start of many different illnesses and weird things. Being a busy body and and a creative, I soon became bored out of my mind, so I started Creating with Sticks; this was a way to work, but on my body's terms, from home. (It wouldn't be until July of 2018 that I was finally diagnosed with hEDS or hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare systematic, degenerative connective tissue disease that a person is born with; I was 40 before I was diagnosed. I am still lucky compared to those who are diagnosed too late or not at all.) My little shop took off, but still it was a dizzy start. I have so many things that I enjoy doing along with knitting and dyeing yarn, that it was hard to keep up and I realized I needed more of a focus. Knitting and fiber are my true loves, so I decided to bring you high quality notions, tools, yarns, fibers and others supplies at affordable prices.
One of the most important things to me is a diverse, welcoming community. I want all to feel safe in my environment, in my shop, on any of my media or pages, regardless of who you are. We are all unique and creative, beautiful beings in our own ways and should be able to express ourselves without fear of judgement.