I am Sarah and this is Knitting In The Wild. It should be called Knitting (Art/Camping/Dying/Sewing/Cooking) In The Wild because as you explore, you will see it is so much more than knitting.
I believe that creativity comes in many forms. Knitting, painting, sewing, and cooking are just a few. These all come from that same place in your brain and heart. Expressing yourself in these ways can feed your soul. On days where I feel a little “less than”, using the creative part of myself brings me to a better place. It helps calm but also energizes. It quiets the mind but also engages ideas. I don’t believe that you need have had training or schooling to open that part of yourself. You don’t have to climb a mountain to feel the joys of nature. All you need is the want - the drive - to have new experiences.
Recently, as part of a webinar I took, I had to ask my friends what words they think of when they think of me and what I am the go-to person for. Honesty, knitting, and camping were the resounding answers, which made me feel pretty great. It was at that moment I knew that I wanted to offer other women the opportunity to bring these elements into their lives. I want to show women that they are strong and resilient and can do all of the things they want to. I want to use creativity and nature to fuel the fire that lives inside of you!
I am a “professional” knitter, and have worked in the best yarn shop in Saint Paul, co-authored a knitting book, designed knitting and crochet patterns and woven knitting into every corner of my life. I have helped start multiple knitting groups that concentrate on making blankets in times of great joy and sorrow. Those groups don’t have names but they may be one of the things I am most proud of in my knitting life. Most of the knitting I do during the spring to fall months is done next to a campfire or in a hammock – and even sitting on a rock in the middle of a river.
I currently make my home in Minnesota – Land of 10,000 Lakes and feel very lucky to be here. I also have ties to northern New Mexico through my husband and also feel just as at home there. I am a mother of three amazing teenagers – one about to hit the big 20 soon, and they are my world. I am an autism mom, a theater mom and the mom that still holds my now 6’2” kid on my lap when he lets me.
The result of all this self-reflection is that I want to share what I can and know with other women. I want all women to feel the strength that being outdoors can give. I want women to find the creative space that fills their souls. The result is a series that I have been working on called Empowering Women – Get _________.
Now all you have to do is fill in your blank.
Thank you for being here.