Folktale Fibers Blog
2. Your Ravelry username?
3. What do you make?
I make handspun yarn from sustainable fibers, mainly local small farm wool and fiber recycled from large spinning mills. I'm trying to make my entire process more sustainable now that I have my own small farm - I've been experimenting with solar dyeing, and am in the process of switching over to low impact dyes. I buy most of my local wool as raw fleeces and wash, dye, card, and spin them myself. This year I will have a few yarns spun from my own pygora goats fiber available, for the first time ever!
4. How did you get into making stuff?
I can't ever remember not making stuff, even when it was just badly constructed doll clothing! My mom was really crafty and artsy, so probably picked up a lot from her.
5. What is your favorite thing about the local fiber community?
It's hard to pick one thing, but I think my favorite thing would be everyone's generosity. I've never met a more welcoming bunch of people!
6. How does what you do/make influence the rest of your life, and vice versa?
I think each craft sort of leads to another for me - I started out sewing and crocheting. I learned to knit in high school, then got really obsessed with spinning, and then I ended up getting very interested in the animals the fiber comes from. Now I have my own mini herd!
7. Any funny stories, words of wisdom, something else to share about you or your business?
This past year, I discovered that I really, really love goats. My business isn't just a fiber business anymore, I'm now starting a small farm/homestead and will be expanding into raising animals and growing herbs and vegetables.