I'm Melody a twenty-something year old French lady, living close to the woods in Riga, Latvia. A few years ago, right before moving to China, I decided to teach myself how to knit by watching videos online. I barely touched my pointy stitcks during the two years that I spent there, but right after coming back to France, I got completely hooked.
My new hobby quickly reached the point where it became an obsession. When I first started, I didn't know anything about fibre, and how important it was to work with good tools and materials. After a few years of practice, I became a proud yarn “snob”, using natural yarns exclusively, with a preference for naturally dyed yarns with high sheepy content.
I graduated university with a BA in international law and languages, but soonly realised that this path wasn’t for me. I completed my studies knowing that I would not find a place working in a corporate job, and decided to focus on what really mattered for me by following my dreams.
I wake up every morning with the goal of owning a piece of land, somewhere in rural France, where I’ll be able to keep working with yarn and fiber while growing a vegetable garden, and share my journey and work with this amazing online community.
Mandarine's is my little online diary, where I like to share my journey through knitting (and designing) my love for nature and my dreams of self-sufficiency. When I’m not knitting, cuddling my yarn or taking photographs, you can find me walking in the woods, foraging for wild food, brewing kombucha, thrifting, dreaming of owning a piece of land and a few sheeps & chicks.
• NH knits podcast November 2015
• WOOLFUL PODCAST November 2014
• Quince&Co blog 2015
• De Rerum Natura 2015