Xoli Ngcoza was born in South Africa and moved to the United States in 2004. Currently based in Connecticut, she is a Certified Nurse Assistant, doula, DJ, hiker and knitter.

Xoli learned to knit in 2008 as a way to connect with her patient, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. After discovering a stash of yarn and knitting materials in the client's home, Xoli asked her for lessons, as she hadn't practiced since primary school in South Africa. Her client's mind went smoothly into it, and they spent their days knitting together. She gifted Xoli her first set of knitting needles, and she has been knitting ever since.