I live on a small island, twenty minutes by ferry from the island of Newfoundland. I have been crafty my whole life, but in more recent years have developed a passion for knitting with wire and fine yarn, creating beautiful, timeless designs from simple stitches.
In 2018, a severe health crisis changed my life and my former business, The Purple Raven Boutique, was forced to close. And I lost an integral piece of myself.
While my health continues to be a challenge, once a maker, always a maker! The Knitted Raven was born in early 2021 as an attempt to reclaim a piece of myself. I make what I can, as my health permits.
The Knitted Raven specializes in hand knitted jewelry, specifically brooches, shawl pins and stick pins, made from bronze, copper, sterling silver and gold-filled wire; wire knitting tutorials and knitting patterns for beginning knitters. From time to time I may make other pieces of jewelry or have handknit pieces for sale in the "Other Everyday Luxuries" section of my shop.
Because of my ongoing health issues, quantities will be limited and The Knitted Raven will be an online business exclusively.
The pictures above are of a sculpture I made for an exhibit a few years ago. I named it "What Do You See?" Because it's constructed of knitted wire, you can choose to see it or the view beyond. I felt it was a great visual metaphor about perception, and how our choices impact our experience of reality.
It currently lives in my living room where I can enjoy it everyday.
The Knitted Raven is my second chance. For me, the magic of knitting is how simple manipulations of a continuous strand of material create beautiful, functional things, or everyday luxuries. Inspiration can be found almost everywhere - in the materials, in the world around me, in history.
But to bring a concept to life, requires a communion of sorts. I pick up my tools and materials, the left hemisphere of my brain goes quiet, and I lose myself in my craft. The passage of time changes, my awareness of my own body shifts. It is physically, emotionally and mentally demanding.
And it is priceless to me, now more than ever.