Friday, April 5, 2013

A Global Family of Knitters!

            While lots of people talk about the downside of globalization, I think Miss Marple’s Knitting Club represents one of the up-sides! Years ago, people would have gone to someone’s house or a church basement and sat around and knitted together.  It’s harder to find a group like that today.  To remedy that, we gather together in virtual groups like Miss Marple’s Knitting Club. 

       We’ve got members from four of the world’s seven continents, from 23 different countries! In alphabetical order, those countries are Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Scotland, United States, Uzbekistan, and Wales. While the US has the largest number of members at 99, the UK is gaining fast at 23.
        United by a love of knitting, we get together and discuss new stitches and new kinds of yarn, how we learned to knit and how to make our own patterns and more!

What have we been up to?

Lily in Moldova created a Mother's Day purse --

Catherine in Israel knit a lace cowl --

Debbie in Virginia designed a rainbow shawl --

Come Meet a Few of our Members

Sheila Zachariae signs in from Omaha, Nebraska -- 
"Hi, I'm Sheila Zachariae and I own and operate Creative Design! I was taught to knit by my mother in my teens in the '70's and I quickly went from that to cross stitch and then needlepoint.
  Life goes on to a full time job, marriage, a child and then in early in 2004, I was forced to stay off my feet. I pick up the needles and started with knitting a scarf and then another, and then another! Next thing I know, I have 50 of them!  Off to a local art gallery I go to peddle my wares! They loved and sold them all! Creative Design was born! Two upscale children's boutiques later, here I am! More recently, I have been fortunate enough to have my items in numerous online and stand alone children's and women's wear shops!"
You can find Sheila's work at 
Sarmite Nastevica joins us from Latvia and says,
Hello, my name is Sarmite. My mother started to teach me knitting when I was 6 years old. More than 40 years are passed since then andI haven't lost interest in handcrafts. I have tried and learned lots of crafts - sewing, embroidering, crocheting, weaving, just to name a few."
You can find Sarmite's work at

Karen Stow joins us from England and says,
"I have been knitting and crocheting for more than thirty years a talent and skill which has been passed down generation to generation, I specialise in Crochet and Knitwear I design my own original patterns which are worked to a retro yet modern style."
You can find Karen's work at

Thanks for reading!

signed, Miss Marple's Knitting Club