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Check out my blog at faroeviking.blogspot.com

I grew up in a family of artists and musicians, and while my interests have ranged far and wide, textiles, fibres, and colour have always had a special place for me.

I love the way a ball of yarn can take on such different forms when left to different hands and the individual creativity we all carry within; I love the accidental colours that can turn up in the dye pot, the springy sponginess of freshly-carded fleece, and the luxurious drape of top dizzing of wool combs. I love every step of the yarn-making process, from unrolling a new fleece strongly redolent of farm life, through gentle cleaning, dyeing and preparing of fibres until finally it's time to draft and spin. I celebrate the potential of every skein that comes off my wheel and goes out into the world…

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  • Joined March 19, 2008

Favorite materials

wool, mohair, alpaca, plant fibres, yarn, felt, paper, wood, colours natural and contrived

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About

Check out my blog at faroeviking.blogspot.com

I grew up in a family of artists and musicians, and while my interests have ranged far and wide, textiles, fibres, and colour have always had a special place for me.

I love the way a ball of yarn can take on such different forms when left to different hands and the individual creativity we all carry within; I love the accidental colours that can turn up in the dye pot, the springy sponginess of freshly-carded fleece, and the luxurious drape of top dizzing of wool combs. I love every step of the yarn-making process, from unrolling a new fleece strongly redolent of farm life, through gentle cleaning, dyeing and preparing of fibres until finally it's time to draft and spin. I celebrate the potential of every skein that comes off my wheel and goes out into the world.

Spinning, knitting, weaving tapestries and cloth, felting, sewing, and making paper make me really happy, and if I could spend all my time doing nothing but ... well, life would be a particular kind of wonderful.

My family is originally from the Faroe Islands – a tiny, hauntingly beautiful place with more sheep than people – and I weave on my grandmother's loom. Her threads still tie back the extra heddles and mark the centre of the reeds, and I think of her while I weave, how difficult it must have been for her to leave her home, her family, her language, and come to Canada, and how she would laugh to see what I'm doing with her loom.

As well as the above, I'm a mother, wife, writer, court reporter, proofreader, editor. I grew up in Nova Scotia and dream about one day going back to the rocky shores and foggy mornings.

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