People wonder what link a Southern Californian would have to the University of Illinois? Well, my mother is from a small town south of Champaign called Mattoon, and as kids, my siblings and I spent many vacations there (and still do!) -
Through these times we came to appreciate all things Central Illinois - cornfields & soybeans, outings to Rural King and Cracker Barrel, visits to the family farm and elevator, and trips to the Lincoln Log Cabins and Arthur IL to see Amish life (a real novelty for Californians!). A few years ago a client in Champaign challenged me to create an Illini-inspired scarf. The wheels started turning and I excitedly started to search out Orange & Blue yarns - was like my own private version of "Project Runway", my favorite show! Connecting with the San Diego, CA Alumni chapter in 2015 finally gave me the opportunity to see my Illini creations come to life!