In 2009, the Lucuma Designs team met with Edith’s family and began working together soon after. With orders coming in for more puppets and ornaments, opportunities opened for other knitters to join. The extra workload called for better organization and because of Edith’s budding college studies and her knowledge in computers and emails, it only made sense for her to stand up as the group leader. However, her new responsibilities came with a little apprehension.
“At first, even though I knew them since childhood, I didn’t know how to properly address these ladies who were much older than me. Also, I was already knitting, but I didn’t feel I had yet mastered my skills while most knitters had much more experience. So I wondered how could I even begin teaching them new designs? Those insecurities were my greatest weakness.”