Mummy and meKnown to some as Spinfoolish, I learned to knit before I went to kindergarten.  I learned to spin in junior high.

As a high school student I knit sweaters for Martha Hall, in Yarmouth, Maine.  Her husband taught me history and I babysat for their lovely girls.  Martha Hall paid my mother and me about $25 per sweater.  She then turned around and sold these sweaters for upwards of $800 each to foolishly rich women from NY City, who arrived in long black cars driven by tall silent men with sunglasses.  I helped out in the shop, sometimes.  My mother enjoyed classes at the shop where she met and struck up a friendship with Elizabeth Zimmerman.

In college I knit in every class (which might have explained my grades), and then sold my sweaters to pay for next year’s classes. Between us my mother and I made well over 100 heart sweaters; they were very popular in the 80’s.  We knit other stuff, too.   After graduation, knowing I was joining the Peace Corps I gave away every hand knit sweater I owned. No, I don’t understand it either.

I was an Agro/Forestry Peace Corps volunteer in Tacloban on the island of Leyte in the Republic of the Philippines.  I taught English at a local college, raised chickens under my house, and had a great pair of red silk pajamas.  The local farmers I was assigned to work with did not want to learn agro/forestry techniques, they wanted jobs in the city.  I came home weighing less than I did in junior high.

Clearly not one to learn from my mistakes, I came home to drop off some excess baggage and then moved to Kaohsiung, a city of 5 million in the south of the Republic of China where I taught English for more than a decade.  This was a glorious time for me; I found wonderful friends, traveled all over Asia and Oceania, and had many fine adventures. Kaohsiung still feels like my “hometown.”

At the turn of the century, I moved back to the U.S. and ran a nonprofit in Durham, North Carolina for a number of years. Cuttently, I am a Virtual Assistant and LOVE that some of my clients are fiber related!  In my spare time I knit, spin, design knitwear, and write about it all.  My Mum, who is super wonderful and British, shares her home with me and my cat Molly, who is super furry and a bit devious.  We have a great time, and have a lovely view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from our kitchen window.

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