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Hi, my name is Sara Maternini
and I am a knitter and seamstress based in Southern Alsace, France.
I was born in Northern Italy, in the late '70s.
In the '80s I was a good student with a straight bob haircut and perfect bangs. My grandma taught me to knit when I was around 7: only the knit stitch, no cast-on, no purl, no bind-off. I was listening to Duran Duran and Madonna.
In the '90s the Madonna's side of me took over and I went to an artistic high school where I learned to drawn, sculpt and unleash creativity. I was listening to Spice Girls and Take That.
In the late '90s I went to university and I opted for Modern History, paring my Madonna hidden side with the ultimate version of a good catholic girl, dressed in white chemise and blue pants. But if you weren't fooled by my clerical approach to fashion, you could have discovered I was a fierce feminist and I later graduated with a thesis on the role of women during the first English Revolution (1640-1660). I was listening to Nirvana, Metallica, and Tori Amos.
All these years I have read a lot of classics, from Goethe to Mann, to Pirandello, to Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. And many others.
I also watched a lot of movies, from Metropolis, to more modern classics, like the Three Colors Trilogy by Kieslowski or Raise the Red Lantern by Zhang Yimou.
I have spent a lot of my free time watching very long movies or reading very long novels!
After university I began to work for different web agencies, writing content, searching the internet, organising events, cooking...
I once was a well known (at least in Italy) food blogger and I used to organise, with a bunch of supper geek friends, all women, dinners dedicated to girl geeks.
In 2008 I got pregnant.
More than 30 year later I found again a pair of needles in my hands again.
But this time Internet was there, so I self taught myself to cast-on, purl, bind-off and more and more... And Raverly was there too! And wonderful yarn, not the sad acrylic my grandma was knitting! Hand-dyed yarn!
A new world opened in front of me!
In 2010 I got pregnant again and in 2011 we moved to France, where we now live.
In December 2014 La Cave à Laine was born too.
I am now listening to Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine, but it will probably change in the years to come...
La Cave à Laine is located inside Cité Danzas, 12 rue Theo Bachmann, 68300 Saint Louis, France.
L'atelier n'est pas ouvert au public, mais seulement sur rendez-vous: écrivez moi info @ lacavealaine.com