Born and raised in New Jersey, USA. I moved to Iwate in my early twenties on the JET Program, a work-exchange program run by the national government. Originally, I wanted to go somewhere warm like Kyushu, but I ended up being stationed in the deep north of Japan. I knew as soon as I got here, though, that this was the place I was destined to be.
Iwate itself is not exactly known as a knitting mecca, but I hope to share a lot of the little yarn shops of the area, as well as my experience knitting Japanese patterns and using Japanese yarn. I have a goal right now of learning more about Hanamaki Handspun – handspun wool made in Iwate. I don’t believe it is available to purchase in yarn form, only in weaved shawls or knitted caps. It’s beautiful and rustic and colorful, and I think the English-speaking knitting world would get a kick out of it.
When I’m not knitting, I’m working at the Iwate Prefectural Government or spending time with my husband, an Ihatov native.