Happy Place With Jennifer Berg

Jennifer Berg, aka @native.knitter, is a knit designer who shares Navajo heritage through Native focused knitting designs that help you explore your creativity while honoring Native American artists. Jennifer grew up on the reservation in Arizona and was raised by an incredibly strong family. As she became obsessed with knitting over the past couple years, she felt naturally drawn to incorporating native designs into patterns she created. Textiles are an integral part of Navajo artistry and knitting felt like a way to share the beauty of her culture’s designs. Jennifer aims to create an inclusive community for anyone who shares her passion for knitting and supporting native culture!



What system do you use to organize your yarn? 

I organize by weight of yarn if I organize.


What furniture/storage systems do you use to organize your yarn? 

I use pretty containers on a shelf unit. 


How do you like to de-stash? 

Completing projects and donations to local schools.



More often than not, what colors are always in your office/yarn corner?

Neutrals and orange and turquoise. 


Do you like to work in the same space where your yarn is stored? Why or why not?

Yes, it fuels my projects.


When you are working on a project, do you have a specific spot you put it when you aren't working on it, or does it follow you around beyond your space?

It follows me around but is crumbled up in my oversized yarn bowl.



Was the majority of your yarn bought with a project idea in mind?



Do you or have you ever found it difficult to manage/organize your yarn?



How did you find an organization system that works for you?

I'm still learning. 



How important is a well-organized yarn corner/office to your mental wellbeing?

Semi important. My creatively flows more easily with a tidy space!


Where did you purchase everything shown in your photos?

Target for both sets of baskets. I use round baskets I found at local thrift stores and the shelving unit is from Ikea. 


Do you have any tips or advice you have for someone who is trying to reorganize their stash?

I think addressing what your favorite part of yarn is. Is it texture, color, weight? That's what you should use to organize. Whatever is going to help you stay creative!


Are there any current projects or promotions you'd like to share?

I have a baby sweater coming out in mid-November as well as a beanie. Both are colorwork and I'm very excited to be publishing again after a long break!



Photos courtesy of Jennifer Berg