Julia learned the knit stitch from her Baba Sonya while still a kindergartener in Eastern Europe, but took the deep dive into fiber arts as an adult. On her way to a recording studio one day, she noticed a hand-knit shawl in the window of a local yarn shop, and thinking, “Huh…that looks like it wouldn’t be TOO hard, right?” impulsively bought needles, yarn and a simple pattern for the first time. Many months, hours of Youtube videos and dozens of knitting books later, Julia had become a devoted knitter. A passionate evangelist for the role of crafts and the fiber arts in building a community of makers, she brings that passion to her teaching and design work at Salt Yarn Studio. Her particular joy is helping crafters of every age and ability level gain confidence in their own skills, and to share Baba Sonya’s guiding principle of “bez uprechnost,” (Russian for “beyond reproach”), combining skillful craftsmanship with a fearless approach to design and materials.
A newcomer to the Cape, Julia is an accomplished musician and visual artist, and lives with her dog Figaro and two very evil cats named Novka and Tuchka.