1. What is your website?
www.dancingleaffarm.com, etsy: dancingLeafFarm and designsByDalis
2. Your Ravelry username?
3. What do you make?
Hand dyed yarns, fused glass button, hand carded batts
4. How did you get into making stuff?
I raise the sheep that produce the yarn that I dye and spin. I also dye commercial yarns from all over the world. But the sheep need shearing and the yarn needs to be used. So I started Dancing Leaf Farm because I had WAY too much yarn!
5. What is your favorite thing about the local fiber community?
We all support one another and everyone is just so nice.
6. How does what you do/make influence the rest of your life, and vice versa?
Dancing leaf Farm has turned into a full time job, but it still leaves me time to enjoy travel and outdoor activities. I always have my knitting with me so fiber is never far away. I even knit while backpacking! Haven't figured out how to knit while biking though!
7. Any funny stories, words of wisdom, something else to share about you or your business?
I've been enjoying Dancing Leaf Farm for over 20 years now, starting out with sheep for pets and going from there. We built a studio on our farm where I have my shop and workspace. I'm so lucky to fulfill a dream, raising 3 boys in the country along with a myriad of farm animals. As far as the yarn goes, Dancing Leaf Farm is known for color...rich, deep, saturated colors. Dyeing yarn is the fun part of the business, (paperwork, not so much), squeezing liquid color onto white yarn and watching it turn the most fabulous hues. I also make fused glass buttons to complement my yarns, felted jewelry and nuno felt scarves. I encourage anyone who has a dream of starting a business, to just go ahead and do it. I started small, selling only handspun from my sheep's wool and the business just took off. Whatever you do, leave time for relaxation, laughter and friends. and smile, smile, smile!!!