Let me tell you about myself.
I’m a bit obsessed with all things crafty! Even as a very little girl, I’ve always been making something. I am especially drawn to fiber – strings of any sort, tufts of unspun fiber, scraps of fabric, etc. Fiber is so central to humanity, since the very beginning – a foundation of civilization, the simple act of twisting a few strands of something together.
I taught myself to sew with doll clothes, a needle, and thread before I started school. I was 8 when I learned to crochet from a 1960s McCalls magazine while on a road trip to Arkansas to see my Great Aunt Gert. I was a senior in high school when I finally started knitting with a friend in English class. And my most recent obsession, spinning, I picked up when my dad sent me my step-mother’s wheel in a care package. I enlisted my generous friend, Bohoknitterchic, to answer questions and troubleshoot for me.
All this crafting comes sandwiched between working and Roller Derby!!
I work for Bob and Nancy at Colorsong Yarn, and the family of sister sites. We specialize in Fleece Artist and Handmaiden yarns, addi needles, and a complete collection of knitting (and crocheting!) books. I do lots of things there, besides petting, squooshing, and smelling the yarn. I couldn’t ask for a better work environment!
I also play roller derby with the Sick Town Derby Dames. We are a WFTDA team, which means that we are a regular member of the national roller derby association, WFTDA. Our league began in July 2008, and I have been skating with them since (roughly) the beginning of 2009. I cannot say enough wonderful things about how roller derby, and especially my teammates, have changed my life.
I also play keeper for three furbabies – a cat and two dogs. We all live in a small cabin tucked into the woods on the edge of two ponds in the foothills of the Oregon coast range. Life is good.