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After she came to America she also learned to weave. When clients came to her house for film editing services she sat in the drive way with her loom, weaving until they arrived. Fiber arts have always been her way to relax and however busy she would somehow fit it in.
Things moved to a different level when she and Shelby fell in love with and purchased Alpacas. She learned how to care for and show the animals, and, produce her own yarn. She still has the first skein of yarn she entered in the Michigan Fiber Fest and won a perfect score. Knitting then became her main outlet. She started to accept commissions and enjoyed designing and knitting one-of-a-kind garments for others who owned their own animals and wanted to use their fleece. The work entailed in producing such a garment results in an exquisite but expensive item. She was relieved when one of her first customers, when presented with a bill for $1,500, insisted on paying $2,000 because she so loved the garment and appreciated the time and skill involved.
Sometimes garments were to be a surprise, a birthday gift, so she was unable to measure the intended recipient without giving away the secret. “That would present a challenge but they always turned out to be a perfect fit,” Christa insisted “All I had to do was give them a hug to estimate their size and we are always hugging in the bed and breakfast business anyway,” she laughed.
She said she also knows instinctively how much yarn is needed. “I never have to cut yarn. Many times I finish a project and have just this much yarn left!” She gestured with her hands just inches apart.
On the rare occasions she needs to unravel something she does so happily, not dreading what most knitters consider a failure and waste of time. I quite enjoy ripping out and starting over,” she quipped, “where else in life do you get to unravel and start again?”