Introductions

Who am I?

My name is Tatiana and I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and two cat children. I am an abstract painter and lover of knitting and fiber arts. I love to travel, go see live music, read young adult fiction novels, and watch romantic comedies. I completely nerd out and spend days researching a topic when it peaks my interest. I am excited about the slow fashion movement, capsule wardrobes and supporting companies that care about ethically sourced material and sustainability. My goal is to completely replace my wardrobe with pieces I’ve made or bought from small companies that I believe in.

How did I get into knitting?

I have been crocheting since my freshman year in college (2000) and my mom tried to teach me how to knit when I was really young but I just remember getting frustrated and that the metal needle points hurt my fingers. It wasn’t until I was in art school that I rediscovered knitting and fell deeply in love.

I guess you can say I was your typical art student who never wanted to stay within the box of an assignment. I was very lucky to have amazing teachers that nourished my creativity and allowed me to work outside of the constraints of the given assignment as long as it was relevant to what they were assigning. For my advanced drawing class, we were given the assignment to draw a landscape of some kind. I am an abstract painter and even though I can draw better than stick figures, I don’t really care to draw but I loved my teacher.

My wife, then fiancé, and I were planning our honeymoon to the West County of Ireland at the time of this assignment and I had just been researching the Aran Islands. The idea sprang to life that I wanted to try to knit a type of topographical replica of the island made out of layers of knitted swatches in the shape of the island using typical knit patterns used for traditional sweaters the island is known for. {That was a mouthful and a lot of cables!}

Needless to say, I quickly discovered my grand idea was a little more complicated than I expected and would take a lot longer than the time allowed for the assignment. I did complete the assignment, not to my standards but still got a descent grade and more importantly got hooked onto knitting and fiber arts.

What can you expect from this blog?

You can look forward to reviews of humanely and ethically sourced yarn; interviews of farmers, spinners, dyers, designers, store owners, knitters, makers and general fiber enthusiasts; as well as my own personal explorations and creations in the world of fiber.

Why did I create this blog?

There are a few reasons I created this blog.

  1. I love seeing so many people moving in the direction of sustainability, intentionality and ethically sourced materials. I want to hear from these people and share their stories and reasons here.
  2. As a vegan, I have struggled with the possible and blatant judgment from others of using animal fiber even if it is being ethically sourced. I hope to have conversations here that help dispel that stigma.
  3. I want to have conversations with those working directly with the animals on what their practices are, how they ensure no harm comes to the animals from the process of gathering their fur, and what “cruelty-free” and “sustainability” mean to them in their business.
  4. I want to be able to test and provide information and reviews of the various cruelty-free and ethically sourced yarn and tools/notions available.
  5. I want to have conversations with people in the knitting/fiber art community to see what’s important to them when choosing whom they follow on social media, work with and endorse.
  6. And finally, I want to create this opportunity to learn more about various fibers, knitting techniques, yarn production and to get to make more friends in this amazing community!

 

I hope you enjoy the content and participate in the conversation! If you have more questions for me, put them in the comments and I’ll do another post answering them. 🙂

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