Know Your Neighbors: Sue Jaffee of Knit Nirvana

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Sue Jaffee

I admire knitters. Every so often I’ll spot one in the wild. On the el, looking relaxed and happy while clicking away. Creating a beautiful, functional scarf. Baby booties. A sweater for a tree. While everyone around them taps at their tiny screen, scrolling through social media feeds, looking quite the opposite of the knitter.

River Forest resident Sue Jaffee has been a knitter for over 45 years. Jaffee says “I love the meditative rhythm, the challenge of the pattern, the tactile feel and the bonus of having something tangible and beautiful at the end”. She has created a place to spread her love of knitting with her store, Knit Nirvana, in Forest Park.

Read on to learn more about Sue and her passion turned business. By the end you will have ‘met’ a new neighbor and, like me, may be strongly considering picking up a new, rewarding hobby.

Around Oak Park
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What are you doing when not at work?

Sue Jaffee
I knit constantly.  So when I’m not working at the shop I’m generally knitting at home, or on the beach, or while I’m with friends.

AOP
Do you live in the area? What brought you here? What does the perfect day in the area look like for you?

Sue
I live in River Forest.  I was drawn to this area for the diversity and the schools.  It just felt like home. (The perfect day would be) lots of nice people hanging out at the shop.

AOP
Yes, tell us more about your shop – ‘Knit Nirvana’ (in downtown Forest Park). How did you get started?

Sue
I learned to knit when I was 8 years old from my Grandmother.  I was always an artsy craftsy sort of kid.  I started knitting obsessively when I graduated college. I loved working at Tangled Web in Oak Park.  I felt a belonging there that convinced me this was what I wanted to do.

Knit Nirvana

AOP
If you had to explain Knit Nirvana’s ‘mission statement’ in just a few words, what would you say?

Sue
To share the religion that is knitting.

AOP
How did you choose Forest Park for your business?

Sue
in my opinion, It is the friendliest community in the Chicagoland area. One of my best friends is a realtor.  This was the first place he showed me.

AOP
What was the most difficult part of starting your business?

Sue
Mastering the government forms.  They are confounding sometimes.

AOP
What do you consider your biggest success (at work)?

Sue
I feel my greatest success has been to draw such wonderful people to the shop.

AOP
What would you recommend to someone starting a business of their own?

Sue
Work in that business before you start your own.  Just because you like knitting doesn’t mean you will like helping other people with their projects.

AOP
Anything coming up at Knit Nirvana that we should know about?

Sue
It is sweater weather!  the time to start and work on major knitting and crochet projects.  We have wonderful yarns and lots of ideas.

AOP
If you were magically given 3 more hours per day, what would you do with them?

Sue
Knit more.

AOP
What does a typical day look like for you?

Sue
Many people, who are now friends, dropping in to either hang with me, or with knitting questions. New people finding the store getting excited about the yarns that we carry.

AOP
And finally, what inspires you?

Sue
Helping someone to find a project that is right for them, for their skill level, which inspires and excites them.


For more information and to get in touch with Sue, visit:

Knit Nirvana

7453 Madison St,
Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: (708) 771-5232
info@knitnirvana.com
www.knitnirvana.com
https://www.facebook.com/KnitNirvana

 

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