Sarah loves creating random fun patterns. Yet, she is not interested in becoming a knitting designer. “I just write patterns for myself,” she says. “Designing would distract from all the things I want to knit, especially sweaters. I love having handmade clothes and I make a lot of gifts for family and friends.
“My Mom and I are partners in crime when it comes to knitting,” says Sarah. When I came home with my new skill from Girl Guides she said that I had learned the wrong way. (Mom was an English knitter and Sarah had learned continental.) “Now, I’m teaching her through all the discoveries I make on social media.”
When Sarah saw an announcement of The Fibre Nook’s grand opening on Instagram, she told her Mom that they would have to go. A recent graduate of high school, Sarah spent considerable time at the shop, which is very close to where she lives and asked Leslie if there were any job openings. Initially, there weren’t but a few months later, Leslie said she would like to touch base with her.
“I almost didn’t get together with her. By that time, I was enrolled in a two-year massage therapy program at Grant MacEwan and I did competitive gymnastics (another of my passions) four times a week. I was super busy. Leslie and I talked about why we loved knitting; I didn’t even realize it was a job interview,” she chuckles.
The busy young lady became busier with Saturday shifts at The Fibre Nook. (She now works alongside Clifton on Fridays.)
“I love knitting,” she says. “It is something productive, improves work meetings and gives you a physical product to show for your efforts. It is special to be able to create something with your hands. I often remember what I was doing or thinking when I made something, where the yarn came from or who gave it to me."
To those of us who love to knit and crochet, following the thread can feel a lot like following our heart.