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DanaIsaiah 61:3 engulfs the inspiration behind starting Knitted Oaks and is the mission of the company.

and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

It began with my love for bags. I love love love bags. Over ten years ago, I saw a coworker of mine wearing a gorgeous bag. I asked her where she purchased it because I was going wherever necessary to grab myself one. To my surprised she replied that she made it herself. After I picked my jaw up off the ground I asked her if she would teach me how to do that. The following evening after working hours my life changed forever as I learned to cast on and knit my first row.

I became slightly obsessed from then on with wanting to learn more. My very first project was indeed a felted bag. No pattern, just knitting. It turned out okay for my first knitted project ever, but I was also left on my own to finish it since my coworker switched jobs. However, I continued. I read, watched tutorials and attended knitting events at different yarn shops and learned from other more seasoned knitters. The knitting community where I lived helped to continue what my coworker started.

A year and a half later while doing my morning devotion, the scripture tied to the message that morning was Isaiah 61:3 (see above) and it spoke to me in a way like never before. I wanted to create “oaks of righteousness” in everything that came off of my needles from that point on. The bible says “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31). I apply this principal in all areas of my life and knitting had become a huge part of my life at that point. Many viewed my knitting as a hobby but after that morning I saw it as another vessel to praise God and minister to others.

So on that faithful morning my journey with Knitted Oaks began and is the company’s birth date, October 17th. I am grateful for this 9+ year journey and look forward to where God continues to take us.