An American in Tonbridge

We all dream about doing something we love. Many of us are taught that should be something that fits into the conventional job framework of 9-5, commuting and answering to someone else. Well, I tried that. I was pretty good at it. However, I’ve come to the realization (yes there will be American spelling on this blog!) that I want life to be more varied. Sure, that means more risk, but that’s what creates the variation!

I was born, grew up in and went to university in Washington, D.C. I was introduced to travel at a young age when my dad took a job in Armenia and our family moved there for 3 years when I was 9. Our family vacations went from Chincoteague, VA to Paris – and I was hooked.

I studied public relations at university and began my career working for various associations in D.C. in media relations, marketing and events. Through one of these events I met my husband. He worked for a partner company, in London, and we had to go to the same events. He moved to the U.S. for me and the rest is history!

On a visit to a friend she taught me crochet and I was intrigued. I soon took an intro to crochet class at my local yarn store (LYS) in Alexandria, VA, Fibre Space and was quickly addicted. It was the yarn that drew me in. Going into the shop felt indulgent, all of the gorgeous fibres, colors and creative people in one place. It really is a great shop, you should visit if you’re in D.C. I knew this was something special and at the time was just excited to be embarking on a new hobby.

I remember telling my crochet teacher that there was no way I was ever going to learn to knit, it looked WAY too difficult. It was scary – but so beautiful. There seemed to be so much more you could make by knitting and I yearned to be able to do it.

In 2014 my husband and I took the plunge and moved to Kent! We quit our jobs, sold our car, packed up our 2 cats and moved in with family to start a new chapter. We started working in London, commuting and bought our first home in Tonbridge. One weekend I decided I needed a new challenge and I took a learn to knit class at the Knit Club (now Ida’s House) in Caterham. My world was transformed – it wasn’t as scary as I thought it was! I haven’t been able to put my needles down since.

However, where is a knitter to get quality yarn around Tonbridge? I am desperate for a LYS here. It is my mission to bring high-quality, real wool (no acrylic!) to West Kent. I can’t wait to meet all of the knitters, crocheters and crafters and those yet to be.

Join the newsletter to stay up to date with where I’ll be at farmers’ markets in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and more so you can come squish this lovely yarn yourself! I’ll also be teaching introductory knitting and crochet classes in the next few months and I’m excited to take you on this fibre journey as we create a whole new community.