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badmsm is the “Yarnaholic” Contributor on Squidoo

sweatertree2aToday we’re happy to introduce you to badmsm. She’s our “Yarnaholic” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
I have always enjoyed crafts, but knitting did not click for me until I purchased my first knitting machine in 1997. It was over a year before I got up the courage to try it out. Guess I needed to be ready for all the changes that machine would bring to my life.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
From the time I finished my first hat and scarf, I was gone! I had to teach myself, with the help of some very lovely people online. We are all still friends to this day.

I never realized the power of crafting to change lives for the better, until I stood in front of a class of 22 women in Uganda, East Africa in 2004. They had invited me to teach them machine knitting so they could earn an income as a women’s work cooperative. I was never so moved in my life!

Who had the most influence in your life?
I have several people who have influenced me, and we have interchanged our roles as teacher and student many times. The first are Cari Clement, former owner of Bond America and founder of Rwanda Knits, and Cheryl Brunette, former spokes person for Bond and currently a fabulous YouTube knitting instructor. I met them both through instructional videos and DVDs, now we correspond regularly online. After that, I would definitely say all of my students and knitting friends, especially in Africa. What I learned from them could fill several books.

You can also find badmsm at the following sites:
BadMsM’s Knit-O-Rama on Facebook
Yarnaholics Unite on Facebook
No Labels Baby!

badmsm invites you to stop by and share a review at her So Much Yarn, So Little Time.

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    What a great story and a big congratulations, who doesn’t have a stash of yarn somewhere? I know I do! Looking forward to things to do with all that spun gold……

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/LisaAuch LisaAuch

    Wow! I just love that a craft can help people to earn money and even more so people helping others through our love of our craft! great to meet another yarn-holic :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    Love what you have done to use your talent to empower those women in Uganda. I’m sure that is only the start in terms of how your gifts will continue to change lives. You go, girl!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Sylvestermouse Sylvestermouse

    Although I sew, knit & crochet, I have never tried machine knitting, but I would like to learn myself. I think it is awesome that you took the time and were willing to teach the women in Uganda. No doubt, you changed their lives forever and that is most excellent.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Brite-Ideas Brite-Ideas

    congratulations, and love your creative photo too :)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/badmsm badmsm

      We call that ‘The Ugandan Sweater Tree’! All the ladies in the co-op hung all of their projects from a tree and a shrub as a surprise for myself and others in our group on the last day of classes. They had come early and stayed late each day to make sure they could finish before we left. There were about 100 items total. I cried for about 20 minutes!

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Brite-Ideas Brite-Ideas

        that’s amazing, how wonderful

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/LindaJM LindaJM

    What a great hobby… one that benefits a lot of people!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/adventuretravelshop adventuretravelshop

    Hi it’s nice to meet you. My mum used to love knitting and used a machine. Congratulations!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SherwinG SherwinG

    It’s great that you pass on what you have learned. Knowledge is power.

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