May 13, 2014 | by Joan Lopez | My mom is an avid knitter & crocheter. She taught me as a child but I didn’t like knitting as much as crocheting.  Found the yarns boring so didn’t do much of either.

Then 10 years ago, after my sister died from breast cancer, I went to Italy with her 3 children, their families & my daughter.  My sister wanted “a little piece of her in Italy” so we took some of her ashes to Italy.  Her daughter, who lives in New York, was making scarves for our Italian relatives with Italian yarns she had purchased in New York.  She wasn’t going to be able to finish them so she wanted me to help.   The yarns were so beautiful.  I got hooked on making scarves… and in every town we visited we would find the shops that sold yarn.  My suitcases were full of yarn on my return.

My passion for knitting scarves became an expensive hobby so I began selling them is 3 local shops.  Two of the shops are in the Niles area of Fremont where I live, Corrie Glass & Gifts, and Color Me Quilts.  The other is The Gift Gallery in the Centerville area of Fremont.  From the monies that I make I visit yarn shops around the Bay Area and search for yarn shops on our many travels trying to find new and unusual yarn combinations to create new scarves.

Combining yarns is like a mystery that you have to finish to see how it will turn out!  And the best part is that when finish you have something that makes someone happy and feel pretty.

That’s the scoop on why I knit scarves.

See this link for the health benefits experienced by people who engage in activities such as knitting: http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2014/04/22/knitting-as-ritual-with-potential-health-benefits/#sthash.F4tkRnEQ.dpufhttp://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2014/04/22/knitting-as-ritual-with-potential-health-benefits/

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