Originally from England, I now find myself on the very Northern rugged Coastline of California where my husband and I, along with our daughter, are goat dairy farmers. I taught myself how to knit one dark winter living in Finland. It came so easily and naturally it seemed like I knew how to all along (perhaps my Nanny’s genes have something to do with that), and I have been knitting ever since.
What began as a naturally dyed yarn business encouraged me into the world of knitwear design, and it is this which I focus on now. I love to celebrate simple stitches with beautiful yarn, clean shapes with delicate details. My time, our time, is precious and I work with only local, thoughtful yarns with a transparent. We are blessed to live in a time when many people, such as farmers and other yarn curators, believe the same and we have access to a wide range of consciously grown and processed fibers. So you will notice in my knitting I only work with domestic, organic, or naturally dyed yarns.
While it is no longer a huge part of what I do, I occasionally have available in my etsy shop some of my naturally dyed yarn and fabrics. Without the use of toxic chemicals I dye locally sourced wool with the natural pigment found in the plants and flowers about my farm and home. I enjoy working with whole plant dye rather than pigments and these projects are often for fun or for my family’s needs and I share them here.
Food, plants, herbs and fiber, be it knitting, sewing, cheese or medicine – these things make my world go round.
↠ I have, and continue to study plant medicine under Jane Bothwell of Dandelion Herbal Center, Juliet Blankespoor of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain, and have taken classes from Asia Suler and Sajah Popham