I first learned to knit during the summer of 2007.  I come from a long line of knitters, crocheters and sewers, however, I learned to knit from someone at my local yarn shop.  Once I got through my first garter stitch scarf that I knit all in one week, I was hooked!  I went from that scarf to a hat to socks and on to sweaters and more.  Quickly, my knitting became something that is still to this day always with me.  

Shortly after learning to knit, I was taught to spin at a knit night and that also became a something I love to do.  Although, I don't spin nearly as often as I wish I did.

Other than knitting and spinning, I love sewing, reading, crafting with my two young daughters and being outdoors. Especially if it involves laying in a hammock on a cool day.  

I'd love to help you pick out yarn and/or your next project, talk knitting or help you fix a mistake. You can find me at either location, on ravelry as barknknit, and on instagram as @masteringtheknits.  Also can find my podcast at


For our 2019 Team KAL, I've chosen the Flax pullover by Tin Can Knits, which is a free pattern on ravelry, using Malabrigo Rios in the Aniversario colorway.  I'll be knitting the 6-8 yr old size, however, the pattern ranges from 0-6 Months to 4XL.  Come join #teamnatalie and knit any size Flax your heart desires!  The pattern calls for worsted weight and both locations have some wonderful selections to choose from.  You could go with Malabrigo Rios, Woolstock Worsted from Blue Sky Fibers, or the Fiber Seed's Sprout worsted