It was my grandmother who acted as my knitting instructor when I was a child. She also had an old spinning wheel in the living room, which was not functional at the time, hence I found the amusement in stepping on the pedal, as I watched the wheel turn. However, I did not get a great interest in making yarn or knitting before I started studying Archaeology at the university. It was at that time that the knitting needles and yarn became a permanent accessory in my handbag, as I met other knitting enthusiasts, who guided me through the numerous pitfalls of knitting techniques and patterns.
Amid the Archaeology study, we learned about the archaeological finds of textiles and spindles, as well as the craftsmanship of the technology from the Nordic Iron Age and Viking Age. It was then I was intrigued by learning about the technology in the production of hand-yarn through experimental archaeology, as well as to convey the cultural history of the craftsmanship to people.
My creative work with wool technology has been a method of learning through practice, as to how ancient people worked with wool and textiles. It is by far easier for me to convey the craftsmanship when I know how it is done.