With two parents who were artistic, it stands to reason that my twin sister and I would get some of their creative DNA. Even before high school, I was into calligraphy (a lost art with the age of computer fonts) and “doodling.” I discovered yarn in high school and found I enjoyed the textural feel of so many different types. I learned how to knit and crochet. I could make pretty things with it, and it kept my hands busy. Perfect! Then came copper wire. And beads. And fabrics. And papers.

But I’ve always loved working with yarn.

Several years ago, I tried my hand at felting. I knit my bags and hats with wool, and to some I add decorative fibers. Then I felt them with hot water and abrasion to make them thick and sturdy. It’s always a surprise how they turn out, depending on the brand, weight, fiber content, and type of yarn I use. That’s part of the fun, and the intrigue too.I can easily see myself decades from now, sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch, knitting or crocheting!

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