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Originally born & raised in Germany I got transplanted to the United States in 1995. My biggest moving box contained my Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel, tons of knitting needles and pounds of fibers in various stages of incarnation: raw, washed, carded, natural, dyed, spun, knitted...

I fell in love with knitting when I was 5. I taught myself to knit from my mom's one and only knitting book and basically got hooked on knitting & crocheting before I learned reading, writing and basic math skills. Thankfully I know those by now too, it really comes in handy for following patterns & designing your own :)

I started to make my own yarns in my early 20ies. At the time I worked with developmentally disabled adults in a Camphill Community. I was running a sheltered workshop guiding them in processing wool, dying fibers,…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 16
  • Joined May 21, 2008

Favorite materials

Lincoln, Cotswold, Romney, Border Leicester, Coopworth, Mohair, Merino, Alpaca, Llama, Silk Cotton, Viscose, Hemp, Acrylic

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About

Originally born & raised in Germany I got transplanted to the United States in 1995. My biggest moving box contained my Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel, tons of knitting needles and pounds of fibers in various stages of incarnation: raw, washed, carded, natural, dyed, spun, knitted...

I fell in love with knitting when I was 5. I taught myself to knit from my mom's one and only knitting book and basically got hooked on knitting & crocheting before I learned reading, writing and basic math skills. Thankfully I know those by now too, it really comes in handy for following patterns & designing your own :)

I started to make my own yarns in my early 20ies. At the time I worked with developmentally disabled adults in a Camphill Community. I was running a sheltered workshop guiding them in processing wool, dying fibers, spinning, knitting, crocheting & weaving.

Now I am in my early 40ies and no longer work in a sheltered workshop, but still create my own yarns & knit designs.

So the love affair is still going strong after 35 years, with the occasional crocheting and sewing flings here and there... the only difference now is that I use mostly my hand-spun fibers in my design creations...

My design approach is absolutely intentionally inspirational & magical... I keep myself open to the wonders around me and draw from there, be it nature, the wonderful fibers that go through my hands or colors... there is beauty to be found everywhere and sometimes I am blessed enough to catch some of it and weave it eternally into my work.

Lunamuse Fibers offers a variety of finely hand-crafted garments, hand-spun yarns & hand-carded spinning batts including fibers from sheep, mohair goats, alpacas & llamas that are kept animal-friendly like pets and are fed an organic diet.

Some of my fiber sources include Sandy's famous Homestead Wool & Gift Farm, Cory's Lincoln Longwool Sheep and Grandview Goats Farm.

No animal has to give up its life to give us fibers to wear.

Fibers are sampled extensively for quality, uniqueness and character and then processed by me almost always and only by hand. The only tools used are a washing machine to clean, a stainless steel pot to dye and a hand-cranked drum carder to mix fibers & colors with.

Occasionally man-made fibers or plant-based fibers such as tencel, viscose, bamboo, cotton or hemp are added to the melting pot.

The less electronic & automatic tools used in fiber processing,
the more of the fiber's natural healing & warming qualities stays alive.

Hand-spun yarns have a warmth and comfort which touches the heart that is hard to match by machine-produced yarns.

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You can find me on Ravelry as "Lunamuse".

In my other lives I am a mom, wife, yoga teacher, writer & singer…

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