About

Ellie Coetzee

I have dabbled in many areas in my life and I consider myself a naturally creative and artistic soul. I initially studied architecture straight out of secondary school but soon realized it was not my dream. But today I still appreciate the simple beauty of glass, metal and stone that are our dwellings and I think architecture will always hold a special place in my heart.

Apart from my obvious love of architecture, I have studied and loved photography, criminology as well as education. My love for learning has always enabled me to realize my dreams and conquer anything I set my mind to. My knitting life began very early on when I was only a small girl. My mother taught me knit as I shall one day teach both my children to knit. After a leave of absence during my secondary and tertiary education, I took up knitting once again soon after I had my first child, 11 years ago, and haven't looked back since. The first piece I ever knitted as an adult was, in fact, one that I "designed" purely on my past experience. Not very good, a simple, oversized v-neck in stocking stitch was all I could manage. But it was one of the best things I think I ever did! It put me back on the road to knitting. Sine then, I have knitted many patterns that I bought and fought my way through, learning a new technique from each one, each a stepping stone to what would eventually lead to where I am today.

Bobbin Hobnobbin began in its infancy due to the overwhelming lack of patterns for children. Specifically, at the time, I was looking for a fine-gauge zippered jacket that my daughter could use for her figure skating at the ice rink and Helsinki was born.

In between my very busy life as a mother to a computer-freak 11-year-old and a serious little 9-year-old figure skater, I spend much of my time blissfully knitting in the rink or whilst tutoring homework. And while I may get some strange looks at times, I believe knitting is making a serious comeback from the past. Never be ashamed of what you do, the beautiful things you create and never stop knitting...

Ellie Coetzee

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