Stella is a native Vancouverite who hasn’t strayed far from home. Educated at both BCIT & SFU, Stella is a consultant electrical engineer when she’s not knitting!
Her Mother taught her to knit as a young girl and she was good enough to take home a couple of PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) ribbons. Since then she’s taught herself to knit continental style.
Spinner, beader, knitter, bobbin lace maker…she does it all! Somehow she also finds time to be a competitive orchid grower and dragon boat racer! When she can sneak in some more time she also loves video games, which is a passion she shares with her hubby.
Knit Knowledge & Know How:
Stella is inspired by the LYS samples she sees displayed in the shops. She loves to try on a sweater in the shop & then buy the yarn and get started. Interweave magazine & Ravelry are also where she seeks inspiration. You can see what she’s been up to on Ravelry…she’s Ladysheepbane.
Cables & Lace:
When asked what her favourite project has been she said simply, “I would actually have to finish one!”. She said that she’s happy with a sweater knit for her friend’s baby who has worn the Elizabeth Zimmerman’s February Baby Sweater from aged 6 mos to 5 yrs. “I have an issue with gauge!”
Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:
Frogging is Stella’s BFF! She’s got a sweater that currently looks like a Christmas tree skirt…something about gauge? This particular sweater (which she fell in love with at a LYS) has been frogged several times and is currently awaiting another reincarnation. She has a silk blend bolero that’s visited Mr Frog at least 3 times and has been reworked into the lotus blossom vest twice…still not quite finished.
Stella is now in her red phase and anything silk or silk blend feels “happy” to knit with. She loves angora, but found out recently that she’s quite allergic to it!
Her dream knitting projects would be a fine gauge sweater using a red (of course!) silk blend yarn and an “insanely giant” blanket with a beautiful landscape design.
A WCKG member since 2008, Stella is also a current member-at-large for the Guild. She especially enjoys the comraderie of the Guild. She loves that she’s in the company of like minded people who don’t think you’re crazy to buy a $50 skein of yarn or drive miles out of your way to a yarn shop that sells something you’ve pined after! Show & Share is especially inspirational and “makes me want to do better”.
Purls of Wisdom:
“Always check your gauge while you’re knitting”. Guess she speaks from experience!!