About Me

Hello everyone!

A little about myself…

At this publishing, I’m 46 years old.  I have a delicious boyfriend (of 22 years), a 12 yr. old boxer (Cassie), and a 2 yr. old Jack Russell terrorist named Ripper.  We live in a beautiful house in Memphis, TN, an inexpensive, tree-wealthy, politically unsettling town.

Knitting for me is a passion that was latecoming.  I regret this, but I’m always trying to make up for lost time.  I knit for several “famous” designers:  Norah Gaughan, Susan Mills, Melissa Leapman, Dana Hurt, and Natalie Wilson.  I also knit for Rowan USA now.  I also knit for my yarn my family (this includes my boyfriend), and my friends.  I knit when I drive (on straight shots) and at red lights.  My passion can be deadline driven at times, so every minute helps!  No, I’ve never had a driving misshap.

My (Turkish) mother taught me how to knit when I was a teen.  I learned the basics, made a scarf, but other interests took hold of me, and knitting was left behind for approximately 23 years.  I learned to knit with one straight needle in my right armpit.  This frees my right hand quite a bit and enables me to throw the yarn (or two) and use a cable needle with much speed.  You should try it sometime!  I will FOREVER be grateful to my mommie for teaching me this very satisfying skill!  She’s the smartest person I know.

I’ve been drafting (CAD) since 1985.  To me it’s just a living.  Don’t misunderstand me.  I take much pride in my drafting, as I do my knitting.  I make a good living, and have health insurance.  The latter helps with the migraines.  I work in a very relaxed atmosphere where we’re all treated as adults.  I’m wearing jeans to work today! 

I have a mommie, sister, and two brothers.  Mommie is in Istanbul, Turkey.  Sis is in Gibraltar, with her wonderful husband.  One brother is in Gouvieux, France, with his girlfriend and young son (one more on the way), and one brother is in Cambodia, working for an NGO, in the process of saving their world.  I’m very close to my family.  I think of them all the time, and dream of seeing them more often.  With my boyfriend, they are everything to me.

More recently, I returned from TNNA (The National Needlework Association) market in Columbus, OH on Monday afternoon.  What a rush!  I think it was my 8th market.  Anyway, I saw/touched/smelled some very yummy yarn.  I’m planning on adding AlchemyMac & Me (patterns), and Neighborhood yarns to the already extensive inventory in the yarn studio.

I love to mountain bike.  I see either mountain bike racing (a repeat of a 1992 interest) in my near future.  After all, a girl’s got to branch out a little!

I hope this blog will provide a window into the life of me, a knitter (creator), a webmaster (technical), a draftsperson (technical/creative), and a very loving and caring daughter, sister, and girlfriend.

I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing this blog!

Best to all of you…



7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. stacey meredith  |  May 14, 2008 at 4:50 am

    hey – the house was on Sequoia and in very bad shape…no go. I’ve been watching my mailbox…what am I watching for?

  • 2. jane g kamper  |  August 13, 2008 at 4:27 am

    I am looking for any thing on “Entrelac knitting”. Can you help me?

  • 3. anne shoring  |  August 19, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Just so glad to see there is life after yarn stores. EnJOY

  • 4. Carol Friesen  |  August 21, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I have to have that river birch vest pattern. Where can I purchase it? Thanks Carol

    • 5. Sheila Newton  |  January 16, 2010 at 6:58 am

      How is the caravan coming along? Haven’t seen pictures for a while….

  • 6. Dianne Aguilera  |  March 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Love your articles, your thoughts and your creativity! You are amazing! Wish I had your energy….bless you!

  • 7. Dora Holmes  |  October 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Hey Paptya I am so glad to know that you are still knitting I love coming to the Yarn Studio to visit you from time to time I have not forgotton you keep up the good work thank you for being my friend. Dora


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