Babs Rudlin

In addition to her work as Editor in Chief of yarnpeople, Babs also contributed two bonus patterns to Issue 3 | Cables, for those who pre-ordered the issue or purchased a four-issue subscription, the Cabled Pocket Scarf and the Cables Galore Hat
Babs’s Story

Hi there I’m Babs. My pronouns are she/her & I’m a middle class white woman, married to my ever patient hubby with two kids, a dog & a rabbit.

  • I’m a human filled with contradictions…
  • I’m intensely private & I have a few youtube channels.
  • I was born to be a mother & cannot have kids.
  • I love people & I’m desperately shy.
  • I worked on an oil refinery in my first job, can swear like a trooper & I get embarrassed by the word gusset (which I need to use when designing socks).
  • I can talk about nothing for hours & about anything important to me I become a mumbling idiot.
  • I live to find win/win solutions, for me there is no such thing as a win/lose; it’s just lose.
  • I have a kind trusting heart which gets broken frequently by other humans.
  • I love to inspire others to achieve their dreams.
  • I make because if I didn’t I’d go insane!
  • I get stressed easily & begin to count everything around me.
  • Knitting & crochet give me real reasons to count, while creating something beautiful.
  • I live to help others & generally I can spot when that help isn’t needed & can back away.
  • I constantly ask questions & explore new things.
  • I come from a family that values education & I don’t have a degree (I chose to work rather than study; it was an option).
  • I promised my parents that I’d get my degree when I got pregnant & stayed home with the baby, neither of those things ever happened (that wasn’t my choice).
  • In my family of teachers & educators too many have been lost to dementia/Alzheimer’s.
  • I love to sing & I torture everyone around me when I attempt to do so.
  • I’m an old fashioned girl in a modern world.
  • I love learning about history & new discoveries.
  • I have often retreated to a world of fantasy & enjoy science.
  • I read books almost constantly, I knit & crochet almost constantly…. not sure how this happens, maybe I’ve tapped into the fourth dimension without realising it!
  • I love dogs & waited 20 years to get my second puppy.
  • I adore kids & waited 11 years for a child to come onto my life.
  • I’m sick of waiting for good things to happen to good people… now I’m making changes in the hope the ripple effect will create a better world for others.
[Image Description: Babs is wearing her long dark hair parted on one side, a turquoise shirt, and a large smile. Behind her you can see one corner of her craft cabin made of knotty wood, and several cones of thread on a shelf.]