In fourth grade, I wanted legwarmers. It was 1983 and I was pretty sure I wanted the hot pink nylon ones from Kmart. What I got instead were a pair of lavender ones; hand sheared wool from our sheep, fleece dyed with kool-aid, handcarded and spun by my mother who knitted traditional Sauk-Suiattle tribal designes into them with a darker purple. I thought they were terrible, but good golly how I wish I had them now.
I have always played with fiber. About 7 years ago I joined a Spinning Guild which inspired me to get a bit more serious about it. I like to try spinning all sorts of things…lately it’s been moss. In the fall it’s nettle, and sometimes I get a hankering for cedar bark. I’ve owned many wheels (my first was my Mom’s old Ashford) but I currently spin on my dreamy Schacht Matchless which makes me have hearts in my eyes every time I think of it.
I love color, something that comes as a surprise to most people who meet me in my black shoes, black striped stockings, black skirt…you get the picture. But color is amazingly compelling to me and watching the fiber change and morph from basic white roving to rich swirls of turquoise, brown, green, and orange is one of the most satisfying things I get to do.
I make and sell yarn. If you like what I make, email me and I’ll send you a better description. I can take Paypal, check, or money order. Or you can buy my yarn on Etsy.