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My name is Andrea. I learned how to knit as a child but don't remember knitting much until I was an adult. My grandmother taught me how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, but that was all of my knitting knowledge. When I was in graduate school, I often knitted scarves, when my science experiments weren't working. I loved going to yarn shops, picking out pretty and interesting yarns, and making them into scarves. Somehow, knitting a new scarf often cleared away mental blocks, allowing me to solve seemingly impossible problems. By the time I finished my Ph.D., I had a huge Rubbermaid container full of scarves. And I don't even like wearing scarves. About 4 years ago I became more serious about knitting. I got tired of making scarves and wanted to make something more challenging. I learned how to read and follow patterns but also designed and created my own pieces. In the last 4 years I ended up knitting 27 cardigans, 16 pullovers, 7 bags, 6 shirts, 3 dresses, 3 hats, and …

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