The Bog Jacket,
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It sure is astounding how time flies. It has been a few years, like over 10, since I wrote my last introduction of myself. That is scary. I have updated my prices of Ashford products and updated my trips to Ukraine, but not about me. I am still working at my spinning, weaving, knitting, etc.
I am a fiber artist and Master Knitter, who has been weaving, spinning, dyeing, and knitting for over 30 years. I started sewing, knitting and crocheting as a child, taught by my Grandmothers and Mother. Taking weaving classes while in college and also learning from master weavers, I am continually learning new techniques. Through the Knitting Guild of America (TKGA), I went through the master knitting program, becoming a "Master Knitter".
Fiber is still my passion, although I am not as productive as I used to be. Between a grandson, who at 11 months is running all over, and older parents whom I need to check up on more but live 3 hours away, my life is busy.
I still do commissions for people locally and around the country, selling items at stores and some fairs, and some teaching. I also am still selling spinning wheels, looms, and accessories, through Ashford Wheels and Looms, www.ashford.co.nz . These are just a few things that keep me busy. After finding out I had breast cancer mid-2013, dealing with surgery and chemo, I am finally getting back to my life the way it used to be, though I am slowing down some.
I had an opportunity to spin 100% Wolf hair. Was very similar to dog or a dog/wolf mix. I have spun dog hair for years, many different breeds, but never 100% wolf. I was able to knit up 2 hats with ear flaps out of it and have some extra yarn as well for the people who had the wolf. I love spinning alpaca the best, such a great fiber. Ponchos and Ruanas are so nice out of it as well as scarves, hats and sweaters.
I have been volunteering in Odessa, Ukraine since 1998.I have been able to go once a year and then took a two year break from going because of my cancer, then I went again in September 2014 for Peace One Day Celebrations. I usually go during Orthodox Easter Holiday, but have gone in September as well. I did not go in 2015 because of problems with Russia. Many refugees are coming to Odessa from Eastern Ukraine as they have nothing left in their homes. I work with Universal Aid for Children who have done such a wonderful job helping the orphans. They also help them go to trade school or University. Many will get degrees and then work with UAC. Their website is www.UacUkraineRelief.org . I began teaching arts and crafts to the children and helping UAC get to the many places they help and seeing what the orphanages needs are. Check out my Ukraine Support pages.
There is a group of women in Tuolumne County, where I live, that knit, crochet, and quilt items for kids. I then send over the hats, scarves, slippers, sweaters, and blankets that are made to the children in Odessa. I like to send over school items and crafts supplies to the kids in Odessa as well. If anyone wants to donate items or money please contact me or UAC. UAC’s office is in Miami, Florida. Their address is on my links page. It has been so wonderful to see the children grow into adults and many marry and have their own children. This website serves, in addition to my business, as another avenue of sharing my passion of the fiber arts and educating people about them.