I started knitting while living in Armenia serving in the Peace Corps. During the long cold winters I would curl up in a ball and try not to freeze to death, and then I knit myself a blanket, and then some friends. This little turtle was one of my first. The blanket was so poorly constructed that if fell apart within a year (I learned a lot about weaving in ends after that).
I started designing while teaching English in China. Now that's what I enjoy most. I began designing for Lotus Yarns in exchange for yarn. That's when I really began to become a yarn hoarder. Now there's no turning back!
If you'd like to ask me questions about my patterns please email me at marichiba(at)gmail(dot)com