Hi, I’m Skye!
I’m the knitter, designer, photographer, and all-around one-woman show behind Chicory Sticks. By day I’m a mom and biomedical researcher living in New Orleans, Louisiana.
I originally taught myself to knit while my husband was deployed to the Middle East as a way to keep my hands busy and manage stress. I was also supposed to be planning our wedding during that time but I ended up with far more finished knitting projects than finished wedding tasks – and so I’ve kept to knitting ever since. The decision to write my own patterns came when, time after time, I couldn’t find the combination of details I was looking for in most patterns on the internet.
As I was learning to knit I really appreciated finding designers who not only presented something beautiful but engineered it so that the process of creating it was as simple and precise as possible, and who took the time to pare down their written instructions to be clear and succinct. This is the standard I now hold myself to when writing my own patterns. My professional background is in biochemistry and I aim to bring the precision and problem solving required in that work to all of my knitting.
Everything about my life and work is influenced by the three places I call home – my hometown on the beach in Southern California, my parent’s farm in the Pacific Northwest, and now my new home on the Gulf Coast. Chicory is a pretty little flower that connects at least two of these places – they grow wild on the farm and are a traditional addition to coffee here in New Orleans. I hope to bring you a little taste of all these places with Chicory Sticks!
laissez les bons temps (et tricot!) rouler…
let the good times (and knitting!) roll…