Friday, December 18, 2009

Inspiration

Four years ago around Christmas time I met Candace Eisner Strick at a friend's house.
Of course, we got into knitting talk immediately. Since then she has been such an encouragement and inspiration to me, to widen my knitting horizon, try new things and design.
Her designs are innovative, clever and just beautiful.

Learning both music and knitting at the age of three, Candace Eisner Strick has followed these two loves all her life. She was co-director and cello instructor of the Suzuki String Program of Mansfield, CT for 16 years. She is the author of Sweaters From a New England Village, a
book about Harrisville, NH which features twenty original designs using Harrisville Designs yarn. Her second book, Sweaters From New England Sheep Farms is a series of portraits of eight New England sheep farmers who hand-dye the wool they produce, and includes over 25 original designs using their fiber. Her third knitting book, Beyond Wool, uses a variety of fibers other than wool. There are chapters about the fibers as well as 25 original designs. Then Quilter's Quick Reference Guide and Little Box of Crocheted Bags and more books followed. Her designs and writing have appeared in the leading knitting magazines. Candace designs for yarn companies while she and her husband run their internet based business, Strickwear, which features her exclusive designs, custom hand dyed yarn, and her new line of uniquely blended colors, Merging Colors.

Candace teaches workshops internationally at major knitting conventions and guilds. Her other fiber related interests include spinning, weaving, dyeing and quilting. When not doing the above, she is riding her bicycle. She lives in rural Connecticut with her pianist/knitting husband and 2 birds. She has three grown sons, all of whom know how to knit but refuse to do so.



.....and of course Candace knows all about the famous sentence
"Just one more row!!!"

Thank you Candace!

1 comment:

The Knifty Knitter said...

I heard Candace speak at a local guild meeting not too long ago. She really is an amazing woman.