I live next door to the most delightful family under heaven. (They may blush when they read this, but they’ve given me new interest in a life that had become pretty darn stale.) There are five children in this family, all under the age of nine years. Each is uniquely delightful and has characteristics that link up with my various uniquenesses; I don’t have a favorite among them.

One of these youngsters loves to challenge my creativity. He has a gift for envisioning what he wants to create-through-me (when he’s older he won’t need my help anymore). He also has a gift for helping me see how I can do it. He’s 5 1/2 years old.

Fall 2018—when he was barely five years old he asked me to make an Olaf costume for his stuffed Mickey Mouse. I was boggled. “Yeah, how?” But he gestured it all out in a way that I could see it, and voila! Mickey Olaf.

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Three and a half years ago, when I started pin loom weaving and subsequently learned to spin yarn, I didn’t know that one day I would arrive at exactly what I hoped to achieve.

These three handspun yarns all have one ply in common; the second ply is different for each.

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Really, there seems to be no end of the jokes you can make about dyeing yarn and fiber.

There are MANY things to love about dyeing your own yarn and fiber. It’s creative, it’s surprising, and it produces resluts unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. Every yarn and fiber seems to behave a little bit differently. The skein on the right in the photo below is called “Licorice Twist” yarn. One ply dyes darker than the other.

So close to dry that I can’t wait any longer.

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