I learned to sew when I was nine years old. Shortly after that, I learned how to embroider, crochet and knit. As an adult, I learned to make pottery, paint pictures, and decorate my house. Most of the things I have learned, I taught myself through books and following written or illustrated instructions. All through my life, the continuing thread has been a real love and passion for color and pattern. Along the way I wrote and illustrated some books on knitting and embroidery.
Thirty years ago, my not yet husband and I bought 4 Romney lambs from a farmer in Tunbridge, Vermont. We named them Putney, Frieda, Addie, and Betsy. My family and I now live on our working sheep farm in western Massachusetts - Leyden Glen Farm. We and our sheep have birthed thousands of lambs. Mark, Julia and I live in a farmhouse that was built in 1751 along with 3 indispensable Border Collies - Phoebe, Ness and Kate, and 9 farm cats. Outside over 300 sheep (they don't have names anymore) graze and pro-create, chickens peck, and our guard animals - a donkey named (what else?) Eeyore, a llama named Jeremy and a Great Pyrenees guard dog - Winston, attempt to keep the wild critters away from the sheep. It's a circus every day. You can learn more about our farm here - Leyden Glen Farm.
I come from a family of girls - five girls to be exact. When we were little, one of our friends called us the Fabulous Nicholas Girls. I always loved that because we were the antithesis of what was then considered fabulous - we cooked, we sewed, we created and we were homebodies. Back then, it wasn't fashionable to do those things. We were so odd. Our parents were fabulous too - nurturing our creative talents. I now have a huge extended family and I dearly love everyone of them. They too have the creative gene. You can see many of my nieces and nephews on my Knitting Patterns page.
I hope my virtual pages will inspire to your own great creative heights. Enjoy your visit! If you are brave, come to Leyden Glen Farm to take a creative class.
You can see photos of our colorful farmhouse as featured on the Houzz website by clicking here.
I am the Knitting Expert on PBS's Knit and Crochet Now. I have appeared on Martha Stewart Living TV and on other DIY television shows on PBS and cable networks.
You can take a virtual crewel embroidery class with me on the Craftsy website. Click the link below to receive $20 off the class.
You can take virtual knitting classes from me on the CreativeBug website. They are:
Truth be told though, I would much rather stay home, make things, cook good food, and be with my family.
Photo of Kristin by Rikki Snyder.
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