I learned to spin in order to have interesting yarns in natural fibers tailored to the projects I had in mind. I used to look at yarns and wonder what I could make from them. Making my own handspun gave me the freedom to envision the project and create a yarn specifically for my purpose. This gave me the luxury of control "from the bottom up." Finally, I had yarns in natural fibers-something I was having trouble finding!
Little did I know, when I started, that I would fall so in love with spinning. As with knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlepoint, etc., it is very tactile, and the whole process is very relaxing and exciting to me. With spinning, I began working with fibers other than wool—fibers like silk, flax, hemp, cotton, alpaca, mohair, angora, and now dog and cat! This expanded my knitting possibilities far beyond what I ever imagined! The effects just got more exciting as I blended these fibers, and the ideas just keep coming!
I am an accredited spinner and one of only 28 people in the world with a Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning, awarded by the Handweavers Guild of America. The Certificate of Excellence is equivalent to a masters degree and takes two years of intense study and dedicated work to complete. Since then I have opened my own business and have taught numerous workshops dealing in natural dyes, spinning and basket making. I have spoken about the fiber arts to many groups, and have appeared on Home & Garden TV as a guest on the Carol Duvall Show.
This website is an ongoing process. The kits now shown range from beginning knitting to projects for the advanced knitter. As I come up with more colors, blends, and patterns, they will be added. Please check back for updates.
If you wish to plan your own garment, or follow another pattern, and would like to experience the luxurious difference of working with handspun yarn, I have a line of handspun yarn available off the shelf. Please feel free to contact me about doing a custom blend or color for you. I am only limited by availability of fibers and your imagination. If you want to use my handspun yarn in a published pattern, I will be happy to help you convert it for handspun.