My first knitting pattern was designed and published on ravelry in 2014. To date, it is still my most popular pattern with more than 850 linked projects on ravelry. I love to check out the new projects every now and then to see what other knitters have created using the pattern. The talent and creativity of fiber artists always amazes me! The photo below shows my then 3 year old modeling the first ever Split-Brim Toddler Hat. It was originally published in only one size, but I have since expanded the pattern to included multiple sizes; from baby to adult.
My weaving journey began as a child when I received my first bead loom for Christmas one year. I wove miles of beaded designs on that little loom. It really sparked my love of weaving, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I was able to acquire my first rigid heddle loom, which naturally led to the need for a floor loom. Most of my weaving is currently done on my first floor loom, a 36″ Nilus Leclerc. As I have delved into weaving more tapestry style pieces, I have added a tapestry loom to my wish list.
My spinning journey evolved naturally from my other fiber art endeavors. I treasure the meditative qualities of the art of spinning. I usually prefer to let the fiber speak for itself when I spin and have never been one to seek perfection or uniformity in my handspun yarn. The varying textures and colors add so much visual and tactile interest to my projects. My favorite fiber to spin so far is Targhee. It’s soft like Merino, but with more loft and bounce. Corriedale is a close second. It’s not quite as soft, but makes a very strong yarn that is great for weaving.