Michelle Coffey – Knitter, Crocheter, Spinner
My mother taught me to knit as a child, but she didn’t know how to correct mistakes. Once I dropped a stitch, it was all over, so it really didn’t take at the time. I learned to crochet granny squares from a family friend I used to babysit for. After her son went to sleep, I’d make squares for her scrap afghans while watching TV. As an adult, I taught myself to follow patterns and crocheted happily for many years. About 12 years ago, my mom and I were spending a lot of time together as she underwent chemo and radiation treatments. She suggested we refresh my knitting skills to pass the time. In the age of the internet, I found all the support I needed and my skills took off! The time spent knitting with my mother was a precious investment. I took a class at a local yarn shop and stepped up my knitting skills and what do you know: I saw a drop spindle class and took that, too! From there, it was only a short drop down the rabbit hole of spinning. I now have 4 wheels (2 functioning) and a crowd of spindles. My favorite things are knitting lace with beads, and the color yellow. I have a brag board of ribbons from the State Fair of Virginia, National Arts in the Hospitals, and Montpelier Fiber Festival. My husband is my chief enabler. He often attends fiber events with me and encourages all my shenanigans. One day at the farmer’s market, he grabbed me by the shoulders, turned me around, and gave me a firm push toward Shelia’s booth. Not one of us suspected that would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship! I truly enjoy watching Shelia’s genius come forth. I love winding yarn and organizing, so I do things in the studio to help maximize her time making colors sing!