I’m Anne Vally, the maker behind Little Skein. Grab a cup of something warm (and your knitting) and let me tell you the story of how my shop, Little Skein in the Big Wool, came to be.
At age 5, I famously quit kindergarten when I found out I wasn't going to learn to read until first grade. The story goes that I taught myself, and I’ve had my nose in a book ever since. I love classics like Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden, and my day isn’t complete without some type of story in it, whether that’s an audiobook, a visual story (otherwise known as a movie!) or a happy hour with the written word.
At age 11, I visited San Francisco and fell irrevocably in love. I was certain the rainbow flags meant it was the city of my book-loving, crafty rainbow heart. I’ve been lucky enough to live in San Francisco for an unbelievable 20 years. I run Little Skein from my home studio in the city.
I went to college in my 30s, had a wonderful decade plus career in philanthropy where I did lots of traveling, spoke at conferences, and did some good in the world. I also got married and had a baby. When my “baby” started started kindergarten, I started to face an uncomfortable truth: kid time doesn’t run on corporate time.
It feels like my hands always knew how to knit. I remember knitting as a teenager, but I don’t remember learning. Like reading, I just always knew how. When my boy was toddling around, I felt an uncontrollable urge to make things for him. I picked up my knitting needles and haven’t put them down since.
I have a bone-deep urge to bring things to life that weren’t there before. With my hands itching to create and my mama's heart wanting the flexibility that comes from working on a kid-friendly schedule, in 2013, when I was well into my middle years, I created this corner of the world I call Little Skein. I wove together all the things that are important to me: the stories and books that help me understand life, my passion for knitting, and how important it is to do good in the world.
Little Skein in the Big Wool is what I made.
I’m so glad you’re here, and I invite you to connect with me and with the truly lovely community that's blossomed around Little Skein: