Mari_Chiba photoI started knitting while living serving in Armenia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. 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. 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.  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! I’ve had my designs published in Twist Collective, Knitscene, and Clotheshorse magazines.

I currently design from the desk in my dining room in Raleigh, NC. I also teach knitting classes at Warm ‘n Fuzzy in Cary, NC.

Want to get to know me better? I think this video, and this video, are pretty great at summing up my silly sense of humor.

If you’d like to ask me questions about my patterns please email me at contact[at]mariknits[dot]com