Avalon Springs Farm blog
2. Your Ravelry username?
3. What do you make?
I make several kinds of yarn -- handspun, cottage spun and hand-dyed. I also make specialty packs of dyed locks, felt and roving.
4. How did you get into making stuff?
I was an Art teacher for 12 years. My whole life long, I don't think I've ever stopped making stuff. However, more specifically about fiber -- about 15 years ago I got a small group of weathered male angora goats and named them all after different knights of King Arthur's round table. That was the beginning of Avalon Springs Farm, and my love of fiber art, but making yarn and roving is a little more recent.
5. What is your favorite thing about the local fiber community?
That it really is a community. What a lovely group of people. Between the couple of e-groups like Rav. and Phatfiber, local shows, other fiber farms, and a few loyal customers I really do see a define group. And, it is a warm, inviting, enthusiastic group!
6. How does what you do/make influence the rest of your life, and vice versa?
I am so happy being a fiber art person. I loved teaching because I loved the vibrant evolving connection to the kids. But, now - I feel so fulfilled making and creating directly myself. Working with color and texture, the fiber is my canvass, nothing is better!
7. Any funny stories, words of wisdom, something else to share about you or your business?
This show comes just on the heels of a very exciting time on our farm -- kidding season! This was a super year. Everyone arrived happy healthy and full of life. We've had nine baby goats born so far, and one set of triplets (kind of unusual for Angoras). My family loves to watch them play, lovingly hold them, and name them - we never tire of it; its really a blast.