So, welcome to my studio! Make yourself at home. I first fell in love with crochet as a child when a neighbor taught me a couple basic stitches. Then I discovered a copy of Crochet by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh at the library, and I worked my way through everything in it. This was in the late 70s/80s, so yeah, lots of free form crochet, granny squares and hippie girl stuff. All of which I still adore. And these cute little mushrooms that I must have made, oh, about a million of in whatever scraps I could find. Walters and Cosh taught me to play and experiment with color, texture, fiber and stitch pattern with complete abandon - a great way for a future designer to begin.
I picked up knitting as an adult while dealing with the stress of divorce and again, learned so much from a book, this time The Knitting Goddess by Deborah Goodman. My first project was her Isis Stole, a garter stitch rectangle wrap worked on giant needles with several very different yarns held together. The very traditional knitting shop staff looked at me like I was a little strange when I bought the supplies and explained the project, but it worked up beautifully and I was pleased and wore it quite a bit. From Goodman I learned how to tell stories with yarn and how to create a quiet, sacred space within my hectic days as a single mom.
I love gorgeous hand dyed fibers and often work with them because it’s such a pleasure but I also love being a yarn renegade and using untraditional materials like wire, hardware store rope and twine, fabric scrap strips, and yeah, the dreaded cheap acrylic yarn. Hey, I started out with it - buying it with babysitting money as a kid - and I still love it and understand that many can’t afford or don’t have access to high end fibers. In my experience, the creative goddess doesn’t care where your materials come from, she just wants your attention and devotion. And she’ll give so much pleasure and fulfillment in return.
As a social worker for the last decade and counting, I understand that knit and crochet is so much more than what it appears. It’s an exquisite form of self-care, an art, a healing tool, a way to bring beauty into the world and adorn yourself, a meditation, a revolution. It can be a wonderful way to connect with others in many ways and feel like you belong.
I chose the name Bohemian Heart Knits for a couple of reasons. My grandfather’s family came to the U.S. from Bohemia in the Czech Republic so even though I’m still learning about this culture (sadly no one left in the family to share it), it’s a beautiful part of my heritage. I’ve often been told I take after that side of the family. Secondly, because I was always a bit bohemian - artsy, free spirited, trying to live life on my own terms.
I live with my husband and our children in southwest Utah near Zion National Park, one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. I also love hiking, kayaking, gardening (roses, succulents, chili peppers, yum!), collecting & reading tarot cards, painting really awful abstracts, playing silly card games like Oh Hell and going to local music & art festivals.
I’m just getting started on this journey of finally following my fiber & design bliss. I hope you can relate as I share the process and most importantly, I’m so grateful you’re here! Thank you so much for joining me.
I’d love it if you said hi on Instagram or Pinterest. My patterns are available on Ravelry or Etsy and I’m always looking for more knit and crochet testers as well. Feel free to sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page here, and for anything else, drop an email to me at: Heather@bohemianheartknits.com