Colleen McCormack was just 16 years old when she was struck with a number of health challenges that derailed her promising academic results and forced her to reconsider her future plans.

Having enjoyed knitting since she was a young child, she had always seen it as a valuable life skill and a way to bring her family and community together. During those dark times, her passion for knitting helped give her something to look forward to, and helped keep her mind and hands occupied.

Since leaving school, Colleen has worked through a series of different jobs – from retail and customer service roles to being a barista and even performing in a band! But she always came back to knitting, drawn back by the opportunities for creativity, exploring sustainable fibres, sharing her skills and producing clothing for people in need.

Now with a university-aged son and sharing valuable time her older mother, Colleen finally has the chance to turn her passion into a successful business.

After attending her first Global Sisters Sister School, Colleen plans to launch her hand-made knitwear and knitting patterns business Magknitude soon. She can’t wait to further explore knitting with new and different eco-materials – such as sugar cane, milk and banana silk, and even waste products – and to introduce a whole new generation to the joys of creating, wearing and gifting hand-knitted clothing and accessories.