We’re a couple of yarnies who love to knit. We’re also blind, and we’ve created a space where other blind and low vision yarn crafters can find and share yarny experiences, techniques, and patterns that are clear to the ear without relying on pictures to make sense. We hope to have something for all fiberistas who come by–even the ones who really, really like the pictures.
• To find information on how to learn to knit, check out this post on knitting basics by Crystal.
All patterns and articles posted here are original to their authors, who own the copyright.
I lost most of my sight during the summer between first and second grade. The little that was left was gone a year later. The advantage to having this experience at such a young age is that, for years, I didn’t notice I was blind except that people suddenly started to treat me differently. I still remember I’m blind mostly when someone else says or does something that suggests they’re uncomfortable with it. Unfortunately, this is a lot of people, and part of the purpose of this blog for me is to let sighted visitors know we’re all united in yarn.
I’ve had different jobs, English instructor and freelance translator and interpreter being the most recurring. I do a little creative writing here and there, and lately I’ve also been spreading the word about Android accessibility in another blog.
I started losing my sight in 2000 just before I turned 19. By 21 I was totally blind from a rare genetic condition (Von Hippel Lindau) that I didn’t know I had previously. I am very grateful for the years I could see, but I’ve learned a lot in the past few years, including that sight is not as important as most people think it is. A lot of people think it’s amazing that I knit and crochet but I know that I’m not special at all )as far as that goes anyway). There are hundreds of blind people who do the same things I do every day.
I’m also a stay at home mom to a little boy who was born in October 2010. Besides everything crafty, my interests include reading, writing and baking when I have time.
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