Mariù AlpiKnit

Valtellina, Italy

Mariù AlpiKnit

Valtellina, Italy

I’m Mariù, a 33-year-old Italian based in Valtellina, a small valley in the Alps mountains on the very Northern border of Italy.

As a child I learnt knitting from my granny and though I never forgot how to do it, it was only six years ago that I gave my knitting a real boost. At the time I was studying for my PhD in Anthropology and at first knitting helped me to relax at the end of a hard day of studying/writing and to pass the time when I had to travel by train up and down Italy to collect sources for my research. Then one day from my laptop I came across the amazing and vast community of online knitters and a broad new horizon unravelled itself in front of my needles.

Since then I have learnt new techniques and stitches, discovered fabulous yarns and met brilliant people from all continents. I realised how knitting is at the crossroads of History, Art and Anthropology. Through knitting humanity from everywhere on Earth has expressed itself creatively since the dawn of time. Being a tiny part of this human chain is what I like most as a knitter, beside the creative process itself and the satisfaction I get from my finished projects.

Knitting has thus become my major passion: while still pursuing my academic career as an anthropologist I have dedicated more and more time to it and I also started a collaboration with local dyers to whom I sell patterns I design.