Since a young age, Barbara has been knitting. Saturday mornings were spent watching cartoons and helping her mom knit helmet liners or scarves for soldiers during the Vietnam conflict. Over the years, Barbara learned to needlepoint, embroider, and sew her own clothes. Nowadays, Barbara mostly knits for her grandchildren or herself. She has made baby sweaters, mittens, hats, blankets, and socks. She also spins and dyes custom yarn. With her floor loom, Barbara weaves baby blankets, shawls, table runners, and place mats. She is a member of the Princeton Knitting and Crochet Group, as well as the South Jersey Guild of Spinners and Handweavers.
Knitting is not Barbara’s only passion, she is also enthusiastic about history. “I grew with both parents being avid readers. I also love reading, gravitating towards mysteries and biographies. While my husband and I both have read about the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, I tend to focus on personal biographies while my husband focuses on the military strategies”. Barbara was dragged to historical sites by her mother. She did the same with own daughters, and now, with her grandchildren. It has become a tradition for them to visit National Historic sites, battlefields, or re-enactments on every family vacation. She is proud that her grandchildren have collected over a dozen stamps in their National Park Passports, in addition to earning numerous Junior Ranger badges. Currently, Barbara is reading about life during the Medieval period, as well as the Saxon Chronicles, which will help prepare her for an upcoming visit to England.