I was born and raised around Hood River, Oregon, which is located in the Columbia River Gorge. I had many textile related influences throughout my childhood. My mother is an exquisite tailor and seamstress. She taught me the joys of fine fabrics and a job well done. My grandmother taught me how to crochet, weave, and knit. I also went many times with her to her local fiber guild meetings, where I saw a fine array of all things fiber related. All I wanted to do growing up was learn how these ladies spun super fine thread and combined fibers to create such awesome things.
When I went off to college at the University of Oregon, I decided to start taking classes on textiles. I was a business major and soon took on a second major in art, with a focus in textiles. I had an amazing time taking classes in weaving, textile painting, and dyeing. I also helped to create a group that taught others to knit, spin and dye.
In June 2005 I graduated from University of Oregon and returned to my hometown of Hood River, Oregon. I started dyeing yarn and painting silk scarves. This same summer Knot Another Hat was opened up for business in downtown Hood River. I approached the owner about teaching knitting classes and working part time. Over the next year I began my business of handpainted and handspun yarns. I opened my own online shop and started participating in fiber festivals.
My business has continued to grow. In the fall of 2007 I decided to work on LavenderSheep full time.
In 2010 my son was born and in 2012 I had a girl, making my life full and wonderful. I dye every day I can while wrangling my two children. They are always happy to help in the studio winding yarn and "squishing" the yarn.
In 2014 we moved to a new home with my very own studio space. Now I have room to create as much as possible.
I am always open to new accounts or custom orders.
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