I am a former high school English teacher for at-risk students, (1986-2001) whom I also taught to knit. I have over 20 years’ experience teaching beginning knitting and technique classes and my workshops are popular at yarn shops and retreats throughout the United States.
I co-authored the book Minnesota 52: 16 Knits Inspired by the Road in 2017. And in the Fall of 2020, I published Knitwords: 8 Patterns and 10 Musings that Celebrate the Knitter.
I produce a bi-weekly YouTube podcast – “Irocknits” – where I try to inspire knitters to make beautiful sweaters and shawls while providing Tips and Tricks and a touch of humor.
Why Irocknits? “Iroc” is Cori spelled backwards which I discovered when I saw the Iroc Z28 Camaro in 1978 pull up in my driveway. LOL
I am known for my love of color, especially orange, and I thoroughly enjoy knitting nightly in my rocker recliner until all hours because I am a certified night owl. While I learned to knit in a community education summer class in 1981 with a long straight needle tucked under my arm, I currently knit continental (holding my yarn in my left hand) and love showing knitters the joys of colorwork or stranded knitting.
I use she/her pronouns and currently live on Wahpekute land* in southwest area of Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and a large Bernedoodle named Chevy.
You can find my patterns and book here at www.irocknits.com, on Ravelry, Etsy, and Lovecrafts.
- I firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. My home city struggles daily to affirm this.
- The homeless population numbers in Minneapolis are troubling (exceeding 20,000 in 2020) and I’m working to provide basic necessities, knitted items as well as supporting the work for permanent solutions.
- I also believe in racial and gender equality.
- I believe humans are not illegal.
- I support justice and human rights for all people.
- Compassion is everything.
I make donations from my monthly pattern sales to:
https://eji.org/ Equal Justice Initiative
As well as my home church mission www.standrewlu.org
*You can find the land you live on at: https://native-land.ca/