I have been knitting since I was a little girl. My Irish grandmother taught me when I was about 7 or 8 years old – slippers for a Girl Scout badge. I still have the pattern and I've been knitting pretty much ever since.
Growing up as a first-generation American in an Irish household, I think you can't help but learn hand work, although the love of it skipped a generation from my grandmother to me. I also crochet from time to time, love beading, have dabbled in counted cross stitch and needlepoint, and spent many years doing embroidery of various sorts. I've tried rug-hooking, but it's not for me - neither is textile weaving (but I do like continuous strand!).
I am also a spinner and have a wheel – a Lendrum . I had a Lendrum Saxony and I also had a Louet Victoria for awhile, but both found happy homes with others in 2012 – I have had the pleasure (and luck!) of studying spinning with Toni Neil, Patsy Zawistoski, Anne Field and Judith MacKenzie. I love to attend the Missouri Fiber Retreat and am a member of the Fiber Folks of Southwest Missouri guild. They adopted me after I crashed one of their spinning workshops.
In addition to the fiber art and madness that have pretty much taken over my sunroom (and part of my guest room), I raise and show African violets – they actually came before the spinning, but not before the knitting – and I produce a weekly podcast, All About African Violets, that is also available on iTunes. I travel as often as I can (most recently to Scotland), and I'm a bagpiper (yes, really).
You can find me on Ravelry as Annie97 where I am a moderator of the Year of Stash Socks group (which morphed from one of my blog posts). I'm also a moderator of Fans of the Fold and African Violets Anonymous.