Thank you for visiting my blog, "The Purled Ewe." It's been a while since I've blogged, 3 years to be exact, and I'm looking forward to sharing my passions with you. I hadn't planned on starting a blog, nor did I plan spending most of my time knitting, spinning, dyeing yarn, and playing with needle felting. My life was turned upside down last year with the birth and passing of my twin sons, Liam & Colin, on July 1st, 2012, when I was 20 weeks pregnant. I had already put my career as a Hypnotist and HypnoBirthing teacher to the sidelines in preparation for maternity leave, and an out of state move. But after I lost my boys, I found that the only thing to keep my mind occupied and sane, was to knit.
Knitting had been a passion of mine for years. A friend of mine, Jessie, taught me while my husband and I lived in New York City. I fell in love with knitting right away, and have been doing it ever since! Hats, sweaters, scarves, toys, mittens, shawls, I'm always expanding my knitting horizons. I've attempted crochet here and there, but still resort back to my knitting.
Knitting has been very therapeutic for me after my loss. I've since learned to dye my own yarn using Kool Aid, Wilton's food coloring, and Greener Shades Dyes. But dyeing and knitting wasn't enough for me. Oh no! I had to go further back in the process and actually make the yarn myself! I purchased a spinning wheel, a Kiwi 2 to be exact, and am now learning how to spin my own yarn. My appreciation for wool has expanded with spinning, as I never was one to knit much with it...choosing cotton, bamboo, or baby alpaca more often. Now I'm learning to spin Corriedale, Merino, Blue Faced Leicester, and discovering how awesome it is to spin yarn.
As I knit or spin, I dream of one day having my own yarn shop, perhaps a small farm with a few sheep, alpacas, and some pygmy goats (they are so darn cute!). Working with fiber has brightened a very dark time in my life, and it continues to bring joy and peace to my crazy world. I hope you enjoy my musings, pictures, stories, and videos to come.