My sister in law seemed a little surprised (but she knows me, so not really surprised) that the person that I most admire is Anna Zilboorg. Knitters will all get it. Anna left MIT and went to Big Stone Gap, Virginia to led a hermit’s life of prayer and knitting. She creates the most beautiful patterns; gorgeous mittens, socks, hats, many using ethnic patterns. In my newest Knitter’s magazine there’s a wonderful article about her. She’s creative, has a beautiful spirit and understands the need to make something.
“One of the most basic human needs is to make necessity beautiful. Everything has to be beautiful: a quilt, a kilim, a mitten, a sock. ”
“And now, necessity has almost disappeared from our lives, certainly in America, and everything is disposable–but there’s still a point in making it beautiful.” –Anna Kilboorg, interview in Knitter’s
It feels good to admire someone who understands simple pleasures and finds the beautiful in the necessary. Even if you don’t knit just pick up one of her books at the library or the bookstore and feel the beauty of the every day.