Welcome to our new feature, in which we share customer stories with the world at large. Our first customer interview is with Stacie Martin. Stacie, who is legally blind, also recently gave birth. At the time of this interview, she was 38 weeks pregnant.
KP: How did you learn to knit?
SH: My friend Seyong taught me. Back in the second trimester or so [of my pregnancy] I posted, “Hey! I want to learn how to knit or crochet” on Facebook and everybody offered free knitting tutorials. Currently I am working on an Aran-weight baby blanket, 159 stitches—it was supposed to be 160, but one was dropped along the way.
So, just about a little over a month ago I learned how to knit and I have been going steady ever since. Though I am in here often asking for help. You know, it’s terrifying when you come across a dropped stitch for the first couple times.
Can you tell us about your background in art?
Sure. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from PSU in 2010. Took me about eight years to get there—but that’s because I started off in theoretical physics, string theory, membrane theory—think quantum mechanics. I’m originally from Bend, and I moved up here two years ago to finish my degree.
I am a professional artist here in town, I have a studio off of Broadway, in Old Town. I’m currently working on a tech-based series of mixed media pieces and a mobile. It’s a nod to my husband’s profession. He deals with the back end of websites, so I learned a little bit of Ruby script and incorporated it into the work.
What is your favorite place to treat yourself downtown?
It depends on my mood, If I am in a doughnut frame of mind, Blue Star. Tea Zone is also an excellent shop and their scones are true proper British Scones. Friends of mine and I were studying abroad in England and we pooled all of our money together for tea at a hoity-toity type of place and that’s why I became addicted to scones.