The North Bend Eagle

 


Hill finds knitting hobby meditative

by Stephanie Iwan Flame
Published 1/29/20

Knitting may be a very simple skill. It’s just two stitches, knit and purl. However what the knitter does with those two stitches makes all the difference, as Kristi Hill can easily demonstrate.

Knitting Hill
From head to toe, Kristi Hill has enjoyed the benefits of knitting. She is wearing a sweater and stockings of her own creation.

“In the knitting community, there are knitters and then there are Knitters with a capital K,” Hill said.

She is definitely in the latter group. Hill has knitted items for herself and her family from head to toe, even designing her own patterns.

“I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, so I made it myself,” Hill said.

She just dreams up a pattern, knits it while taking notes, then turns around knitting the item again and writing the pattern. She has had one pattern published at Ravelry.com

“Publishing a pattern to Ravelry is really easy, and people can buy it right from there with Paypal,” Hill said.

According to Hill there are many people who make their living with just pattern sales. Ravelry.com is an online pattern and database as well as social network for knitters. There are more than 425,000 patterns on the site.

Nine years ago, Hill’s hobby began before the birth of her son Isaiah. She wanted to make something very special for him, full of love. She purchased a knitting set which included a book, a set of needles and a few notions.

“I learned how to knit from that book,” Hill said.

Her first project was a cap for her son to wear home from the hospital after he was born. It wasn’t perfect, but Hill was hooked and began her knitting passion. Years later she discovered an online class forum to learn more about knitting and pick up in-depth skills. She also found thousands of knitting tutorials on YouTube as well.

“So technically, I am self-taught, but I continue to learn and improve all the time, mostly through online things,” Hill said.

After moving to North Bend in 2014 with her family and husband Michael, the United Presbyterian Church minister, Hill began listening to pod casts about knitting, spinning yarn, and dying bare yarn. She has knitted shawls, sweaters, blankets, caps, and stockings for her five children Emma, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Isaac and Violet. Hill’s children range in ages from 2 to 12, so they are the fortunate recipients getting to wear her art.


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