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Suzuko Davis

 

I taught myself to knit when I was six years old. In my late twenties, I continued that education, teaching myself technical skills, learning to read patterns, and creating construction techniques. I began by making one-of-a-kind art scarves for family and friends, then moved on to knitting hats, gloves, socks and sweaters. Knitting and crocheting became my passions which brought me to Holley's Yarn Shoppe in search of great yarn. I ended up working and teaching there for two years, and one year I spent as President of the Dallas Hand Knitters Guild.

I met Christine in June of 2012 at Holley's Yarn Shoppe. I was instantly drawn to her warm, vibrant, and charismatic personality. As I helped her with her knitting, I got to know her better, seeing firsthand how much knitting was helping her life and how her new passion was, in turn, spilling over into her helping others.

I simply love teaching and fixing knitting. It will be my pleasure to lend my years of knitting experience and technical skills to Spreading the Warmth’s Knit Nights as I teach beginning knitting or crochet, recommend scarf patterns appropriate to skill level for those who have their basic skills down, and help fix any knitting or crochet scarf projects.

Janis Dworkis
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I met Christine about seven years ago when she asked me to be her trainer for a few sessions at a YMCA in Dallas.  I felt an instant connection with Christine.  She exemplified warmth and had a wonderful heart that I was drawn to.  We met again five years later and quickly became really close friends.  Christine is the one who got me reconnected to knitting.  She told me about Holley’s Yarn Shoppe where I met several of her other knitting friends, including Suzuko Davis, and I have been knitting ever since.  

I am part of Spreading the Warmth because I want to give back to my community in some small way.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I will knit scarves and also encourage some of the senior citizens who I train to find purpose in their lives through knitting and spreading random acts of kindness in their communities.  I simply love people and hope in some small way that my love for them will help this wonderful organization to grow.

Mackie Kazdoy
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About a year and a half ago, I decided that I wanted to learn to knit.  I found Holley’s Knit Shoppe on the internet and went by to check it out.  Armed with a bunch of my mom’s knitting needles from the 1960’s, I awkwardly ventured inside.  There I met some of the warmest, friendliest people.  Susan, the owner, helped me pick a starting project and taught me to knit.  I loved knitting right away and started going to Holley’s often to knit and to be enveloped in the warmth of this fun group of people.  I started ‘talking’ about it on Facebook.  Janis Dworkis, one of my high school friends, saw my posts and wrote that she wanted me to meet her dear friend and soul sister, Christine Nicolette-Gonzalez.  Christine had often told Janis about how she loved to knit at Holley’s. A few weeks later, I met Christine and was touched by her kindness and warmth.  We quickly became good friends and started hanging out at Holley’s to knit, learn, and visit.  
We had a very cold winter in 2014.  One afternoon at  Holley’s, Christine shared with me how she and her husband  Scott had taken several scarves she had made and driven around one icy day and given them to people who needed them.  I loved this idea!  I told her that if she wanted to keep doing this, I’d love to make some scarves to give away, as well.
Christine spent the summer of 2014 organizing Spreading the Warmth into a non-profit where I and many others will continue to help others in need.  I’m so excited about the opportunity to be part of this meaningful organization.  

 

Karen Rucker
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I met Christine about seven years ago when she asked me to be her trainer for a few sessions at a YMCA in Dallas.  I felt an instant connection with Christine.  She exemplified warmth and had a wonderful heart that I was drawn to.  We met again five years later and quickly became close friends.  Christine is the one who got me reconnected to knitting.  She told me about Holley’s Yarn Shoppe where I met several of her other knitting friends, including Suzuko Davis, and I have been knitting ever since.  
I am part of Spreading the Warmth because I want to give back to my community in some small way.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I will knit scarves and also encourage some of the senior citizens who I train to find purpose in their lives through knitting and spreading random acts of kindness in their communities.  I simply love people and hope that my love for them will help this wonderful organization grow.