Me.083113Annie (OK, her real name is Adrienne, but you can call her Annie.  Or Adrienne.  Or A  :-)  ) has been actively growing African violets since the mid-1990s.

Her first attempt was back in the wayback, when she was in college.  Someone gave her a leaf to root, which promptly rotted.  Her next attempt was a gift, which she could never get to bloom a second time.  As the saying goes, the third time was the charm: a violet rescue from a Jewel grocery store in Chicagoland.  It’s been a love affair ever since, and once she discovered the African Violet Society of America (AVSA) things took off in a big way.

There are violets in the guest room, violets in the basement, and violets in the sunroom.  There is, occasionally, even a violet or two in the kitchen.  A  :-) has moved them across the country.  More than once.

Besides the violets, Adrienne has almost never met a fiber art that she didn’t enjoy.  She is a knitter and spinner. She plays the bagpipes (yes, really!) and she loves to travel.

She is an AVSA Senior Judge, an AVSA Life Member, a member of the Missouri Valley African Violet Council, and a member of the Illinois African Violet Society (IAVS), as well as a past member of the Hoosier African Violet Society in Crown Point, Indiana, and the Ventura County African Violet Society in Ventura, California.
If you’re a knitter or fiber artist, she is Annie97 on Ravelry, where she is one of the moderators of its African Violets Anonymous group.