Today I want to introduce you to Sharon, who is our official test knitter here at The Loopy Ewe. (Well, actually, she isn’t HERE at TLE, she’s in CA. And the photos she submitted are of her adorable kitties – aren’t they cute? That’s Bell, Tigger and Chelsey in order. But if you want to see what she looks like, you can see her photo on this blog post. And if you want to see some of her beautiful knitting, many of the socks on this page are done by Sharon.) I hope you enjoy Loopy’s interview with Sharon today!
Sharon: Hi Loopy! Thanks so much for inviting me into the Limelight. I’m a big fan of yours and I’m so pleased to be here!
Loopy: Well, we like you a lot here, too! How did you learn to knit and how many years have you been at it?
Sharon: I learned to knit as a kid, taught by my grandmother. I made doll and toy clothes and scarves but knitting gave way to sewing, embroidery, counted cross stitch, mosaics, and stained glass over the years. I would knit now and then but never stuck with it. Some years ago I decided I wanted to knit socks. I took a knitting refresher class to learn to knit in the round (my grandmother taught me to knit everything flat and seam it), and the rest, as they say, is history. Knitting is my primary craft now although I do sew a bit and I want to try making chainmaille jewelry.
Loopy: You’re the Loopy test knitter, but what other jobs have you had?
Sharon: I love being the Loopy test knitter! My first test knit was the last sock for the 2007 Sock Club (the yarn is divine and the pattern so fun) and now I’m working on the first sock for the 2008 Sock Club (also a great pattern and wonderful yarn). I also test/sample knit for a knitting book coming out next year. That is going to be some book! In addition to test knitting I am a freelance writer. I’ve written everything from highly technical installation guides for DSL routers to newsletters full of fluff pieces. Currently I write content for web sites for a web design company.
Loopy: We know you have some (ahem) stash. How do you like to store it?
Sharon: My stash is stored in sealed tubs and closed cupboards and drawers. We have
three project stealing, needle biting, yarn snipping fur children so I have to be vigilant in keeping everything put away, even if I’ll only be gone a minute. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten out of bed in the middle of the night, thinking I’ve left a piece of yarn on the end table or dropped a strand on the floor!
Loopy: You’ve been with us since almost the beginning of The Loopy Ewe. How did you hear about us?
Sharon: I found The Loopy Ewe doing a search for Schaefer Anne. Yes, TLE had been open
for only a few days at that point. I was so impressed with that first order – the speed it was shipped, the careful packing, the treats, everything – and I’m still impressed with every order. (And Loopy, that’s A LOT of orders!)
Loopy: Do you stockpile anything, like chicken br**sts or almonds?
Sharon: I’m a vegetarian so it isn’t likely I’d be stockpiling chicken br**sts but I do have a lot of nuts in my life! Actually I have a bag problem – knitting bags, purses, totes, accessory bags, etc., etc., etc! I buy them, sew them and knit them! My husband and I also collect plants. We have over hundreds and hundreds of plants in pots and in the ground. Fruit trees, flowers, shrubs, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, roses, shade trees, evergreens, ornamentals, cactus, and tropical plants all have a place in our gardens. We even have a banana plant that produced two bunches of bananas last year! This year we will be growing vegetables in raised beds that my husband built. I can hardly wait for lush, ripe tomatoes on a hot summer day!
Loopy: Any recipes you’d like to share?
Sharon: We’ve gotten into fennel lately and here’s an easy and tasty way to try this vegetable. This serves 2 as a main dish or more as a side (you could even serve it with stockpiled chicken br**sts!) You’ll need 2 bulbs of fennel, a large white or yellow onion, 4 or 5 small red potatoes, high quality olive oil, salt and pepper, and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut off the stock parts of the fennel, leaving just the bulbs. Cut the bulbs in 6ths or 8ths, depending on size. Place on a sheet pan or in a roasting pan. Peel off the onion skin and cut the onion into large chunks and put in the pan. Scrub the potatoes and cut into chunks (no need to peel), adding those to the pan. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix the vegetables with clean hands to coat. Put in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the vegetables are easily pierced with a knife. Sprinkle with parmesan just before serving. Yum!
Loopy: How about your favorite movies?
Sharon: That would have to be National Treasure, Shakespeare in Love, and Blazing
Saddles. Well, Loopy, I think that’s enough about me. I’ve enjoyed our time together! Thanks so much!
Loopy: Thanks for being in the Loopy Limelight today – and for all of your wonderful knitting that benefits all of us, Sharon!