about knitting sarah

Hi, my name is Sarah. I grew up in rural Northeast Wisconsin in a house where hand-tying quilts and building lawnmowers from spare parts were not feats of amazing awesomeness, they were just the things you did. Creativity, ingenuity, and self-sufficiency were always considered paramount. How I ended up graduating from college with a degree in Art History is still confusing most of us. It likely had something to do with the addiction to travel & utter lack of focus I had as a young adult, but we may never know.

After miles of travel & a bad case of relentless independence, I came to settle in the least likely of spots (my home state of Wisconsin) where I did the least likely of things (got married & had a family). Upon settling down I decided to learn to knit. It was something I’d always wanted to do and it seemed like time. Since that fateful day in 2002, I have never looked back.

Over the years, I’ve become well-versed in most standard knitting techniques both in my own projects and as a knitting instructor. Teaching beginning through advanced knitters was a ton of fun for me — there wasn’t a class I taught that I didn’t enjoy & learn from. For me, nothing beat working with people & I found it very fulfilling to be able to help individual knitters develop their skills & discover their own love of knitting. In the Spring of 2013, I walked away from the classroom to focus on my family though, so to keep myself out of trouble I decided to continue to nourish my passion for knitting & my then newfound love of spinning by chronicling my exploits in both words & photos here on knittingsarah.com.

These days I spend most of my time with my two kiddos, husband, and our majestic, yet ridiculous chocolate lab named Moose. They remain pretty understanding about my fiber arts obsession — something I am grateful for everyday. When not adventuring with my family, you can find me writing, photographing, knitting, spinning and — if you happen to be anywhere near me — talking about and sharing my love of the fiber arts.

31 thoughts on “about knitting sarah”

  1. Hi Sarah,
    We are looking for someone to write a small article on why they like Knitting as a hobby and what people can get out of it. Your blog looks great and we would love to feature some of your work on our hobbies website. Hopw you maybe interested in helping us and of course we would place a direct link to your blog too. Cheers, Graham…..YourHobby…..

  2. Hi Sarah! I love your story, especially the part about ‘relentless independence’ and the fact that you’re from Wisconsin. I’m from East Central Illinois (Mattoon) but I live near Birmingham Alabama which is something I never thought I’d be doing! Oh….and I also love to knit πŸ˜‰

    1. Life has a way of taking us to unexpected places, doesn’t it? I’m pretty thankful for that – I’ve learned to find things to appreciate everywhere I am. It’s also very fortunate that my knitting can come with me where ever I go! Thanks for reading!

  3. I love reading your blog. Someone wonderful has nominated me so i’m spreading the love and I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the WordPress Family Blog Award! x x

  4. Have just discovered your blog, it’s great. And I love the chocolate lab! We had a chocolate lab called Jed (he was dark brown the colour of oil almost so named after Jed Clampet, Beverley Hillbillies), sadly he died last year. Old age got him. I miss him sitting by me while I knit.

    1. Thanks for the kind words. My Moose is my boy – he is just barely a year & a half and he is my constant companion. I’m so sorry for your loss – I can very much imagine how hard it must be and how much you must miss him!

  5. I just wanted to let you know that I love reading your blog and have nominated you for a WordPress Family Award! Feel free to check out my post for the award rules.

  6. Hi Sarah! Your story is beautiful.. Also your passion for the art and for the spinning.
    Chocolate lab! that sound delicious.

      1. Lol I thought you were talking about chocolate.
        A labrador retriever is fantastic! I love dogs πŸ™‚
        but for the record that I don’t eat dogs jaja

  7. Okay, yes, I’m trolling. You’re from Wisconsin!!! I’m from Minnesota, but my dad grew up in Brookfield, WI so we’re a family of Cheeseheads. How awesome πŸ™‚

    1. Lol! I live about 45minutes from Brookfield. I grew up near Green Bay, went to the University in Madison, spent a fair bit of time in Europe & New England, and now am settled and had a family in the one spot I never thought I would. πŸ˜‰ Glad to be in touch with a fellow Cheesehead!

    1. Awwww! Well thank you! It was a really steep learning curve for me as I am not super computer savvy, but I am really proud of what I’ve built here and I love writing this blog. Best of luck to you!

  8. Hi Sarah! I am just getting into blogging and found your page through cream city yarn’s facebook. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and am looking forward to future posts :)!

  9. Love your blog and IG and so happy to find another person that is so obsessed with knitting and fibers as I am … So happy I found you here ( saw yr comment on thevaultblue IG). 😍🌸

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