Yup, it’s another knitting/craft blog. Nothing truly different about it except…well, it’s me. My name is Zina, and, yeah, I’m a craft addict: the latest craft is knitting. I’m currently in Cambridgeshire, England (although that’s Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry, Ireland in the picture up above), and I’m in the middle (maybe) of a very late, very long gap year to see the world.
I was born in 1960 in San Francisco, but managed to avoid becoming a Flower Child entirely, if you don’t count a couple of pairs of bell-bottomed trousers and the occasional denim halter top. My mother told me I started sewing at 4 years old and mainly taught myself since I refused most advice from her and her mother, both of whom worked in the sweatshops of San Francisco’s Chinatown.
My grandmothers taught me to crochet (which I took to), and tried to teach me to knit (to which I didn’t), at about the same time. While I did retain how to knit and purl, knitting didn’t “take” for me until New Year’s Eve of 2009, though I did use a Bond knitting machine previously to that. At the end of 2008, I was traveling in the UK; a severe cold snap and a decided spoiled-brat attitude meant that if I wanted the extra-long, extra-warm, merino wool scarf and hat I was yearning for (look, my nose was about to freeze off my face, okay?), I’d have to make it. Going online, I found a CraftStylish article that promised an easy and fast cabled scarf, so, on New Year’s Eve, I hopped onto a train into Cambridge and John Lewis, bought some Rowan Big Yarn in exactly my favorite acid green, and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve been what’s normally called “crafty” all of my life; from scrapbooking to beaded jewelry to all manner of textile related crafts, I enjoyed most of the crafts I tried. Along the way, I’ve owned dressmaking businesses (specializing in bridal gowns and, later, Irish stepdancing solo costumes), and worked as a theatrical costumer/designer, the latter garnering several awards (which have gotten me a couple of jobs and once even a cup of coffee).
There’s a lot of other stuff I’ve done for a living (acting, music, writing, small landscape, legal, project management, even a stint with UPS one Christmas season), but I guess that’ll all wait for another blog for me to get behind on.
I’ve been on the road traveling with my partner for almost two years now — I’m astonished to find myself still traveling, but there you are. The goal is to eventually settle somewhere for at least 6 months out of the year and travel the other 6, but we’ll wait for the economy to settle down before that.
I’m on Ravelry as GlobalTraveler. And, erm, yeah, I know I don’t have a way to get hold of me on here yet. I’m still trying to decide how I want to handle the email. I’ll get to it, honest. :)