My name is Suzen Statz and I’m a library knitter.
I am in my mid-thirties and currently live in Calgary, AB. I grew up in Newfoundland & Labrador, spending my summers by the ocean and every day surrounded by colour, humour and storytelling. While I’ve been away from my home province for over fifteen years, Newfoundland continues plays a very important role in who I am as a person and how I lead my life. On the downside, it makes me perpetually homesick and there are no oceans anywhere near Calgary.
That being said, Calgary is a pretty cool place and I’m happy to be living and working here. I have a background in visual arts, receiving my Bachelors in Fine Art from Alberta College of Art + Design (Calgary) and a Masters in Fine Art from Concordia University (Montreal). My practice has always been textiles-focused, whether it is installation-based sculpture, wearable art or performance. More recently, I use my skills and experience teaching knitting and yarn painting classes at Stash Lounge, one of the best yarn shops in the city. Fostering a love of making and creativity is a pretty amazing thing to be able to do and I’m constantly inspired by my students.
Another huge part of my life is public libraries. I have been working in public libraries for over five years, doing everything from adult technology classes to baby storytimes to driving a bookmobile. Public libraries are my jam. Currently, along with working at the library, I am also in the Masters of Library and Information Studies program (MLIS) at University of Alberta (Edmonton) and have great aspirations to officially become a librarian.
Other things about me? I love to ride my bike, walk forever, do yoga, drink beer and read at bars with my husband.
knitlib.ca came to life in response to the MLIS. In the past, I’ve always blogged about my creative and academic pursuits and it seems like this time should be no different. This is dedicated to my daily life as an artist, knitter, teacher, library worker and MLIS student. Basically, it’s a place for me to share and document my life with others of similar sensibilities. From knitting patterns to YouTube videos, baby storytime tips to book reviews, library rants and daily raves – this website is a reflection of me and all my writing, perspectives and content are my own.
Please do not reproduce any content, patterns or images without explicit permission. Also, my writing and opinions are not a reflection of my employer.