Hi, I’m Sacia Ashe. Welcome to my blog.
My knitting obsession started in a bookstore.
I started knitting when I was 9 years old. I loved(and still love) to read, and I frequented the local Barnes & Nobles. One day, I stumbled upon a “learn to knit” kit. I had never really been exposed to knitting, so why I decided to pick up the kit that day is still a mystery to me.
When I got home, I attempted to cast on right away. It went fairly smoothly but then, I had to actually knit the stitches I had established. The knitting part was where I had…trouble. After hours, all I had was a giant knot of yarn. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong.
I can get very determined about things, so I spent the next 3 days researching methods of knitting and tutorials. I came upon a Martha Stewart’s blog post on how to knit the continental method. I followed it closely and knit my first successful row! Turns out that I wasn’t taking the old stitch off my left-hand needle.
After I learned the basic knit and purl stitches, I became infatuated with knitting and yarn. I found a mentor near my grandparent’s house. Her name was Tina. She had a yarn store and really fostered my love for the fiber arts. She advanced my skills, teaching me all sorts of things. I accumulated a stash of her beautiful yarns, started a knitting “business” selling my hand dyed yarns and fibers, and taught my grandma how to knit! I even got a spinning wheel and began to spin my own yarns.
Once I got into 8th grade, I realized it wasn’t very “cool” to knit. I eventually stopped knitting and didn’t pick it up for a year and a half. I ventured into sewing, soap making, among other things.
My knitting hiatus didn’t last for very long, however. I eventually picked it back up this year. I became more obsessed with it and started designing my own patterns. I plan to publish some on this website later down the line! I found the TKGA program and my parents and I decided that it would be really good to try it. I wanted something to both advance my skills and build my will power.
I started A Purl Stitch to record my journey through the program as well as record my knitwear design experience. I hope my blog inspires you to master your craft, whatever that may be.
8 things about me
- I’m 15, almost 16. I’m a teen!
- I crocheted before I knit, but wasn’t a huge fan.
- I love the vegan message but wool holds a special place in my heart.
- I am a dancer and dance for 5 hours a day during the school year.
- I interned for NASA but don’t really like science and math. I much prefer knitting.
- I read. A lot. My kindle is my favorite thing currently, next to yarn of course.
- I don’t actually have a very big stash. My stash occupies two medium sized containers.
- I love anything related to fiber- spinning, yarn and fiber dyeing, and sewing.