My name is Sara. I was born on Fort Carson, south of Colorado Springs, Colorado. We moved to what I consider my home town, Aurora, Colorado when I was 6 years old.
I grew up with crafting of many kinds always around me. Fiber arts, ceramics, different kinds of knot work… My mom even did hair and nails for a while. I remember trying to latch hook at the age of 4. Mostly I worked plastic canvas pieces until I was in middle school, then I took to cross stitch. I carried a project in my backpack for down time during a class or study hall.
All along the way I tried to learn to crochet, like my grandma, mom and younger sister. It just wouldn’t take. Finally after being married for about 8 months I decided I wanted to conquer it so that I could make neat Christmas gifts again, but not plastic canvas flowers and cross stitched napkin rings. Good mediums just not the practical I was looking for.
I sat down on the dining room floor, we didn’t have a kitchen table, with a borrowed hook and a skein of Red Heart super saver yarn. Carl, my hubby was there with me too. Not really sure why but I remember him being there.
I started to chain, that I could do. I knew how to hold my yarn. I had been watching the 2 generations above me tension their yarn for 19 years. I tried holding my hook the same way but it wasn’t working; so I did what was comfortable for me. They use the pencil grip and I hold it like a little kid holds their spoon or fork.
I had directions for the double crochet and how to do it. Slowly it started happening, didn’t look great but it was going.
I went to Mom’s, thankfully at that time we all lived in the same apartment complex and I could just walk over. I picked out a baby blanket and some yarn. We sat down, I got started and rest is history.
After making a blanket or doily to cover nearly every surface in the house, I needed something or someone else to crochet for. By this time our oldest son had been born. Even though I still found myself with plenty of time for crafting.
My husband saw a magazine article about knitting for babies in the hospital. Well crochet should be okay too. When we next took our son to the pediatrician, I went over to labor and maternity and talked to them. I was still young and naive in many ways. They told me that some babies are still born. I knew that. What I didn’t know it that is that many families choose to take pictures and have a service of sort for these little ones. They need clothes for that. “Can you do that?” “Yes. I think I can.” For the next 10 years that’s exactly what I did.
During that time I learned to knit, as a mirror knitter… Had 2 more kids and a miscarriage of my own. This is where the name Azariah comes from. I didn’t ever want him to be forgotten, so when I set up my Ravelry account, I used his name. This is also when I learned to design, because there aren’t many patterns out there for babies of that size. I was thankful that I learned to sew on a machine in middle school, because I found a pattern to make babies in different sizes so that I could have models for the different gestational ages I made for. 16-40 weeks, every 4 weeks. This is also when I became curious about dyeing yarn and learned that acrylic is nothing but plastic.
After this time we moved out of town into the country to have fiber animals. Also I could no longer make the baby items because I suddenly couldn’t make items that fit. I saw it as the Lord moving me on. So I moved on from that and focused on the family a lot more. We did a couple of years of home school. I have learned to cook completely from scratch because it is 20 miles, one way to the nearest grocery store. I’ve had to make do a few times…
I continued knitting, dyeing and had learned to spin. After all we moved to the middle of nowhere to animals right? We had alpacas for a while and now I have 2 ewes who we shear once a year. I have plenty to do with 2 fleeces but still buy yarn and fiber. A healthy collection is a good thing.
Now designing is my passion and the Lord is blessing it in so many ways. Without His giving me the talent and mind He has, I know the work that I can do wouldn’t be what it is. I also love being able to support other makers. Knitters and crocheters with clear well written patterns, tutorial videos, for the hearing impaired as well, picture tutorials and classes or one on one instruction. I have been supporting designers by testing patterns for over 3 years and love it. That led me into wanting to tech edit, which I have started just this year. I do have a goal to make a tutorial video for a designer using one of their designs. We shall see.
Here is my Fiber Arts Legacy traced maternally.
“Mammy” Leona Meadows 1881-1947, “Mimi” Theda Tatum 1917-1994, “Mam” Patsy Washington 1939-now
“Aunt Judi” Judi Gustafson 1946-2019, “Mom” Dolores Aaron 1963-now, “Nijah” Adonijah Greer 2005-now