Balls and Skeins: Fiber Experts
I’m Chris, started knitting in 4th grade. Learned from my mom and grandma, who knit twisted. When I was 22, I was retaught by a wonderful teacher in Port Townsend, WA and have loved knitting always. Pam and I met on the sidelines of the soccer fields here in Sebastopol when our boys were 10 years old. We quickly became friends and Pam was very intrigued by my knitting. Since I was self taught we decided to take a beginning knitting class together. Our teacher was Kathy Snyder who now works with us at the store as a teacher and sales associate.
I guess I could claim introducing Pam to knitting. It was a great way to pass the time as a soccer Mom and root our kids to victory while creating beautiful hand knits. As good friends, knitting was what brought us together and is a common thread in our lives. I am so glad we are living in the same area again and she was inspired to start Balls and Skeins.
Balls and Skeins is a wonderfully creative place to work, hang out, and feed your favorite hobby.
My name is Julie Barrow and I have been knitting for about 8 years. I was taught by my very dear friend Chris Dick, who also works at Balls and Skeins.
Knitting came very naturally to me and I love it !! It brings out a creative side of me and to make something from yarn is just a blast !!
Sometimes I surprise myself with what I can make and have actually said to myself, “I can’t believe I made this !!”
Having my twin daughters out of the house and off at college I have a lot of time on my hands and have been called the “Speed Knitter”.
I learned to knit while at university in France in 1967, and loved it from day one. I am a self-taught knitter for the first 25 years, then I took a workshop from Katherine Alexander, and became inspired to explore more work with my own handspun, hand-dyed yarns, and to make my own designs.
My fiberwork has been exhibited in various fiber shows, galleries, and publications. I also enjoy teaching at Balls and Skeins and meeting all the wonderful knitters, and teachers, who populate this fabulous knit shop.