Knitty City Stories: Oriana

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We are very proud of our knitting and crochet community and every Sunday we will highlight one of our members. This Sunday, we would love to highlight six year old knitter Oriana. 

When Oriana was five years old she had expressed that she wanted to learn how to knit. So her mom Maria took her to our store inquiring about knitting classes for children. Oriana recalls: "My mom told me there was this knitting place and I wanted to go. I didn't know how to knit, and I really wanted to learn. There are so many fun things to learn. I thought I would like knitting and it was actually true: I love to knit."

During Oriana's first private knitting lesson, she understood what to do and was knitting all by herself in less than 10 minutes, leaving her knitting teacher speechless and in awe.

 Oriana during her first knitting class in September 2016

Oriana during her first knitting class in September 2016

Having fun making little projects

Ariana's first projects was a little garter stitch scarf for her toys and then she started to make headbands. During a consult with her knitting teacher, Oriana requested to make a headband with pompoms!

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Of course, after she finished her first pompom headband, she chose a new ball of yarn to make her next project. A gorgeous and soft yarn with pink colors. What to make, what to make? After some design brainstorming with Ubaldo, she came up with the following idea: how about a Pompom Crown Headband?

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As little as Oriana is, she is a very prolific knitter. She even inspired her twin sister Rafaela AND her mom to learn how to knit. Oriana explains how this made her feel: "It made me feel so happy that my sister and mom wanted to learn how to knit. It made me want to knit forever and ever. "

 Twin sisters Rafaela and Oriana showing off their knitted bracelets.

Twin sisters Rafaela and Oriana showing off their knitted bracelets.

 Oriana's and Rafaela's mom Maria. She just finished her first project: a garter stitch cowl.

Oriana's and Rafaela's mom Maria. She just finished her first project: a garter stitch cowl.

Knitting is calming and fun

"Sometimes, I am very hyper", Oriana discloses. "And then I pick up my knitting and I stay calm and I have fun doing it."

As for her friends at school she tells us: "We were making knitted buildings at school. I really loved the knitting and I helped my friends with their knitting. My friends like the things that I knit. Anyone can knit if they really want to. If you have always dreamt about learning how to knit, you can do it!"

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Working on the Welcome Blanket Project

 Oriana and her family are very much into Craftivism. They decided to participate in the Welcome Blanket Project and for this purpose, they learned to weave on a Square Loom. Oriana states on participating in this project: "You know...I just want peace for everybody."

 Oriana learning how to weave on a Square Loom.

Oriana learning how to weave on a Square Loom.

After several weeks of intense weaving, Oriana, her sister Rafaela and her mom finished a Welcome Blanket!

 Oriana and Rafaela proudly present their woven Welcome Blanket.

Oriana and Rafaela proudly present their woven Welcome Blanket.

Young yarn aficionado

Oriana is a true knitter and lover of yarn! Whenever she can, she will attend one of our events at Knitty City. During a presentation by Indie Dyer Alex Creates, both Oriana and her sister were mesmerized by the gorgeous skeins of hand dyed yarn.

 Indie Dyer Alex Reynoso from AlexCreates with Oriana and Rafaela by his side.

Indie Dyer Alex Reynoso from AlexCreates with Oriana and Rafaela by his side.

Thank you, Oriana, for inspiring everybody around you! We are so thankful that you love knitting and every time you come to the store with your sister Rafaela and your mom, you all light up the place with your awesome energy! Please keep on knitting and crafting forever and ever.

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