In 2005, Sam decided that she should learn how to knit, to both calm her mind and to be productive while sitting in history lectures. After checking out The Big Book of Knitting from her local library, she taught herself how to knit. A whole world of creation was opened up, and she hasn’t looked back. There was one problem. The knitting world didn’t have what she wanted, both in terms of style, fit, and design. Once again hitting the books, only this time for design and construction, she struck out on her own less than 6 months after starting to knit. Along the way, she has picked up crochet and nows spins her own yarn.
Calamity Designs is meant to both increase the design choices for knitters, as well as to provide handmade pieces for non-knitters or for gifts. Sam enjoys knitting with nontraditional fibers, or mixing fibers, textures, and techniques to create unique and avant-garde products. A subsidiary of CD, Green Bean Heirlooms, is the home of one-of-a-kind heirloom knits, such as wedding shawls, chuppahs, christening gowns, or layette sets. Both can be found here.
Featured fibers in CD products include wool, cotton, alpaca, silk, bamboo, soy, acrylic, nylon, rayon, corn, banana silk, hemp, nettle, and anything that could be made into a string.
In her “free” time, Sam enjoys spending time with her husband Dave, who is infinitely patient with the living room re-appropriated as a yarn studio, watching movies, hanging out with friends, cooking, attending the Pittsburgh Opera, playing with her puppy, and gardening.