If you're lucky enough to be in the mountains, you are lucky enough.

When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott

Blue Bear Knitting

          
Welcome to Blue Bear Knitting!!!
I have been knitting for 40 years, since I was 10 years old. Russian women are known for their craft skills and aptitude. I knit fast, and I do it all the time (even if only a few stitches in the few minute breaks I have at work). I knit for myself, for my family, and for close friends. Sweaters, shawls, dresses, vests, hats, cardigans, summer light tops, you name it, I had knit it and love everything, no favorites. I use any kind of yarn: wool of many kind, silk, bamboo, cotton, viscose, linen...I wouldn't be able to list all the examples, but you're welcome to check out some of them here.

I make various clothing items per order, hats as the most popular to go. I don't have an Etsy store or any other kind of online selling entity, but sold through FB groups (mostly running groups) and through a local Trail Running Store in Austin, TX. 

Whether you need an item for yourself, or a personalized gift for your loved one - I am here for you, efficiently quick and reliable. What says "love" better than something warm and fuzzy coming from the heart? Not every hat or scarf is created equal. If you go to the store, you will pick an item mass-produced. Each of my items is made individually, with you in mind. Knitting is my creative outlet, like running in the mountain. I put my heart and soul into each and every thing I make. It is unique, very involved, and loved dearly in the process. One of a kind, locally knit, from locally produced yarn, sold at the local small business store.

Prices are approximate depending on the design and yarn cost:
·         Hats:  1 color ($25), 2 colors or complex patterns ($30)
·         Scarfs: $60-$70 and up
·         Mitts/socks ($30)
Shipping and Handling is in addition to the above prices and, typically, costs $5

Additional information is available per request.

I love to travel. I also absolutely love to knit. These two passions go hand in hand more often than one can think. Every time I visit a new place, I check out a local yarn store and buy something. Sometimes enough for a full project, whatever the idea is, sometimes - just a skein or two, which then lay in basket at home, waiting their turn. Eventually, they, too, find a pair - and needles fly in my hands, trying to catch up to my inspirations. I don't just simply knit things. I create memories - because every time I take something out and put it on, I remember where the yarn came from, and where I knitted it, and what associations I have with either of those.

I rarely knit following patterns, and even then - certainly not exactly to a "t". I look around, check other people's work, magazines, folks on the street - store it all in my memory, and later, whether awoken by a stroke of lady Creation at night, or startled during an early morning run - I see the Vision, I know what it's going to be. I have to start, almost immediately, before I forget - because I don't draw those images, don't write them down. There are as many as a dozen projects that can be started at one time, but for the most part, 3-4 seems to be the number of simultaneously cast things on my needles.


Made it big in film world! :)
I often knit on donation bases, last few years supporting a (former) Red, White and Blue and now fully volunteer organization Band of Runners, which puts a trail running camp for Veterans, to help them settle back in to a life after serving the country. 

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