I've always been the type of person who is unable to sit still or do just one thing at a time. Multitasking is natural to me. So is making. I vividly remember making bookmarks as a child and "selling them" to my grandfather. He would smile and fork over some coins and I felt like the best business woman in the world. I guess you could say I was a hustler from a young age.
My grandmother taught me how to crochet at age 9 when I used to spend most of my summers in New York. It was like going to Italian camp -- gardening, cooking and crocheting were on the agenda every day. It was fantastic and I'm grateful to have had my grandparents in my life growing up.
Later, in my college years, it was my mother who taught me the basics of knitting -- basically just a simple cast on and the garter stitch. Let's just say I made a LOT of scarves. A lot...
Over the years, I've come to realize that I am a maker at heart. I love to create beautiful things out of simple items -- in my case, sticks and string. There's a lot of love that goes into each original VanessaKnits piece in my shop. From carefully selecting the right fiber to creating each stitch with care, I put my name and my love into each creation.
I've recently expanded my product line to include a host of unique fibers created by artisans in Northern India. These fair trade yarns include recycled silk sari yarn & ribbon as well as the newest addition, hand dyed and beaded silks and cottons. If you're a fiber artist, trust me, you will love them!
Outside of VanessaKnits, I'm a mother of one rambunctious and utterly lovable little boy and wife to a man who tolerates my obsession with yarn. We're raising our little family in my hometown in New Jersey.