Learn to knit garments that fit.
How it all started . .
I tried my hand at knitting when I was a child and viewed it as a tedious chore. But, during a visit to our local library in 1995 I was attracted by a book on knitting. The picture of colorful skeins of yarn on the cover of Principles of Knitting caught my attention. With the help of that book I taught myself how to knit. From that moment on I never stopped knitting, I just couldn't get enough knitting. I soon read more books, researched the subject on the internet and visited yarn shops. I even pondered the idea of opening a yarn shop but did not act on that dream. I plugged away with my knitting and started a knitting group. The group began in 1998. It was a casual group of knitters, just knitting and sharing our passion. At the time I was working as an office administrator for a youth outreach ministry but the dream of a yarn shop kept gnawing. I celebrated my 40th birthday in 2003. A mid-life crisis of sorts prompted me to make the dream come true. After years of thinking I'd do it someday, I woke up one spring morning and decided to take the plunge. I figured that the elusive "some day" would never come, so right then I decided to pursue it.
I got to the point of no return, I realized I was actually going to do this. It got a little scary. My husband and two sons were supportive. When thoughts of failing entered my mind I put a positive spin on them. I would just have a heck of a lot of yarn (wink). My son's were in charge of naming the shop. We owned (actually he owned us) a yellow Labrador named Dodger. In honor of their pet the boys decided on Yellow Dog Knitting.
Fast forward 10 years and I found myself staring at 50. My dream shifted and I wanted to spend time with family and create. What was once a walk-in shop that only reached the knitter's who could get to me is now online and able to reach anyone with access to the internet. I never want to see somebody get frustrated with knitting, drop it and never come back to it. That would be my biggest failure. I find knitting an emotionally calming activity. I find I have to knit every day to relax. Even for the busiest of people, this is one hobby that can be done in short or long spurts of time. My comfort zone is being curled up with my knitting.
If you have a dream, don't wait.
Yellow Dog Knitting
715-839-7272 ( leave a message and I will return your call )
, Eau Claire, WI