When I was a mere 9 years old, I decided to knit my family?s Christmas presents. I taught myself the basics and enlisted additional help from a friend of my mother's and the local yarn shop owner. That childhood moment ignited a passion that has now become my profession. Annie's Woolens was launched after the birth of my 3rd daughter in 1988. Knitting and designing for me has grown from a fledgling craft business to a worldwide audience via the Internet in a span of almost 25 years. I am constantly inspired by color, my surroundings in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and designs perceived in other crafts such as quilting, weaving and basketry.