Superhero Myra Wood

Superhero Myra Wood

Superhero Myra Wood shared her adventures on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.

Myra Wood is an internationally know fiber artist, designer, author and teacher. She teaches a wide range of classes in knitting, crochet, embroidery and beading specializing in all things creative. Her online classes, “The Perfect Fit Seamless Crazy Lace Cardigan” and “Freeform Crochet” are available at Craftsy.com. Myra is the author of Knit in New Directions, Creative Crochet Lace and Crazy Lace along with numerous published patterns in books and magazines. Myra’s been a guest instructor on numerous episodes of Knit and Crochet Now, Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads and Knitting Daily on PBS, HGTV and DIY Network.

Myra has been crafting, sewing, knitting and crocheting since she was young and studied fine art painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia College of Art. She’s enjoyed a long career in commercial art and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Page and her Italian Greyhound, The Smunch. Page is also an artist and for much of their careers, they’ve worked side by side, creating art for the entertainment industry. Their work can be seen at Woodworksart.com

“There is nothing I love more than inspiring people creatively through teaching needlearts. I truly believe everyone is creative and I want to help you rediscover the joy and freedom while creating through needlework. I’m definitely “the glass isn’t just half full, it’s full and over-flowing” kinda gal! I feel extremely blessed to live a creatively inspired life. From a very young age my Mom encouraged arts and crafts of all kinds, especially needlearts. Instead of buying typical toys, we’d have numerous projects going on at the same time. We made lots of stuff, especially for Barbie. But most importantly, Mom taught me how to think and play outside the box. More than just teaching techniques,

One of Myra’s designs, Schknit Happens.

I try to inspire people. I have an incredibly optimistic attitude and can’t help but encourage anyone brave enough to take the creative plunge with me. I see knitting, crochet and other handwork as an opportunity for self-expression, a way to discovery and personal growth. I love the creative process. Part of that process is acting as a guide to encourage your positive inner dialogue and aide you in discovering your own artistic abilities. I’ll help you rediscover your sense of play and wonder using sticks and string. All in all, I’m just plain fun to be around.”

Breast cancer was a HOT topic in this visit, Marly referred to this post that has been shared. (Warning, if you don’t like breasts or lemons, you may be offended!)

Follow Myra through her website: www.MyraWood.com, Etsy shop for her original pieces, Ravelry Designer page, Craftsy profile and Facebook page. The hat above ‘Schknit Happens’, is available FREE in Ravelry, and in the pattern Myra asks that we ‘Please consider making one of these caps for Halos of Hope https://halosofhope.org/ or drop it off at you local hospital’s cancer center. Chemo patients will definitely appreciate it!’

If you missed this when it was live, you can find the video Marly posted live in her Facebook page.


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  1. Suzanne says:

    Myra has enthusiasm which matches Marly’s. Woohoo! Wouldn’t I like to be in a class with high of you! Free form knitting is nothing I have any knowledge of but I’m off to look at Myra’s craftsy offerings and her Etsy shop.

  2. Vicki Lund says:

    Oooooo I love that hat Schknit Happens! Definitely going to have to up my knitting skills and really enjoyed hearing about the use free form creativity. Myra has such a positive attitude about life and her art! ❤️

  3. Susan Oeltjen says:

    Such a touching show today. My mother is a breast cancer survivor, while my aunt didn’t make it to the 5 year mark. The show had me in tears. Very uplifting to hear Myra’s story. Freeform designs are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Audrey says:

    Love your classes on freeform crochet, Myra, and crazy lace cardigan. Own your books. I am a fan. Congrats on the clean bill of health!

  5. [email protected] says:

    Loved the personal nature of the show. It is good that woman understand the importance of screening. I have tried freeform crochet, but definitely will need to revisit it again. Thank you

  6. Michelle says:

    I have never tried free form crochet. But it sounds as if Myra could get me to! Wonderful, inspiring interview. I could feel the love and respect you ladies have for each other. Beautiful.

  7. kathy says:

    This was a wonderful episode. Thanks so much, Marly and Myra. Life is freeform, like Myra’s extraordinary freeform crochet. So on that note, congratulations, Marly, on deciding to go with the once a week podcast schedule for the foreseeable future. The podcasts are wonderful, but you deserve to free up some time with all that you do.

  8. Amy says:

    Thank you for having Myra on. I had the good fortune to take her freeform crochet class several years ago. I want to repeat her encouragement to get regular mammograms, but I also want to add that mammograms can’t detect all kinds of breast cancer. Like mine. I had a 5 by 8 cm tumor. That’s huge, but it did not show up on a mammogram or feel like a lump. So it’s important to be alert for any changes in your breasts. I noticed an increase in thickness in an area that had always been dense, and that’s what clued me in. By that time, I was stage III, but I’m still here 3 years later and doing fine. Thanks for posting the link to the post with the lemon photo. That has some great information.

  9. Heather says:

    Hi Myra! Wonderful interview. I’ve heard a lot about free form crochet, but not so much free form knitting. I should get into that! It’ll be a great way to use up yarn!

  10. Amberly says:

    I love the idea of free form crochet, but so far my experience trying it has been subpar. Maybe I need some tips from an expert like Myra!

  11. Trisha says:

    I love the idea of free form crochet – what could be more creative! Also love Myra – glad she’s in better health.

  12. LISA L NIXON says:

    I wish that I had the courage to knit freeform….I always freak out when I make a mistake knitting from a pattern.

  13. martha donley says:

    I would love to try free form crochet. I, too am a breast cancer survivor – two different cancers 13 years apart. Finished Tamoxifen in December and now cancer free.

  14. Jody Nitz says:

    Freeform knitting makes me nervous but with Myra’s Craftsy class, I’m sure I will get over my fear.

  15. Valerie Mizgalski says:

    Enjoyed the show. Would love to try freeform crochet, sometime soon. Have to finish some WIPs, first though!

  16. Shelly says:

    What a positive podcast. I am not race enough to try freeform crochet yet, but I am sure I will get there.

  17. Mary Alice says:

    I enjoyed this broadcast,and related to it in several ways. I recently had breast cancer and am learning to quilt and paper piece. Trying FREEFORM crochet and knitting is on my bucket list.

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