Owner, Southern Twist Yarns
Growing up in a creative family environment gave me the foundation to explore many crafts, but I always returned to needlework. As a young girl, I learned to knit and crochet from my mother and grandmother, but as often happens motherhood and a career left me with little time and my needles and hooks often got tucked away. I did find time to crochet afghans for my three sisters and soon baby blankets, sweaters, and booties followed. Eventually, a good friend gave me the nudge I needed to dust off the knitting needles and now they are rarely far from my hands. No matter where my husband and I travel, the closest yarn shop is always on radar. He patiently waits, no matter how long, while I search for that perfect colorway. When the opportunity to finally open my own shop arose, there was no looking back.
I consider myself to be a knitting designer (those who know me think I just can’t follow directions!) as well as a knitting fanatic and a self-proclaimed yarn snob. When I was five, my grandmother and mother, who are both right handed, tried to teach their left handed prodigy to knit and crochet, ouch. Then the stars aligned. A Japanese friend of my moms showed her how to knit continental style and I finally “got it”! Luckily for those of you who want to learn to knit, I am able to knit both left and right handed as well as in either Continental or American style. Teaching just evolved from a love of all things knitted and wanting others to enjoy knitting as well.
I teach both private and group lessons.
“Hey there! I'm excited to be a part of the Southern Twist team and to share a bit about myself with you. When I was young, my great grandmother, Granny, taught me how to crochet. Although I was more interested in playing outside, I still remember the peaceful feeling of looping yarn with her. My sister and I would imagine all sorts of things with the long "ropes" I made. Years later, I tried knitting and made lots of scarves and dishcloths. But I couldn't stop thinking about Granny's beautiful afghans. So, I came back to crochet with more patience. It's become one of my favorite ways to create and learn. Aside from crocheting and knitting, I also enjoy watercolor painting, community theatre, and even a little bit of woodworking! I live in Daphne with my amazing husband and two sweet daughters. “