milo, me, United States
crocheting, knitting, weaving, spinning, fiber prep, fiber dyeing, canning, farming, gardening
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spinner, weaver, knitter, crocheter, mediocre seamstress, farmer,gardener, music teacher, foodie
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I grew up on a dairy farm in Northern PA next to a small town without a stoplight. My great-grandmother taught me how to crochet. I think it was her way of getting figety 5 year-old to be still for a spell. Thankfully the craft stuck with me. I never knew there were such a thing as patterns I figured out how to crochet in a round and made myself mittens, hats and bags(although admittedly much of my stuff looked pretty funny). When I was 12 I took a knitting class. I was the one walking around in school knitting or crocheting during lunch and in between classes.
I was involved in 4-h, FFA, music lessons(band, chorus anything music), and spending lots of time with animals. Through the years I would knit or crochet as the spirit moved me.
Fast forward to age 28, my life majorly changed. I found myself widowed with a young child. I decided to do two things. I went to school to be a music teacher(with a short deviation to computer programming along the way) and I picked up my needles and mended myself together. I found love again with a wonderful man and now have a wonderful daughter that he brought onto our relationship. We moved to Maine in 2006 to get away from the hustle and bustle of life at a large military post.
Three years ago, I discovered Ravelry and a local knitting group. My whole world opened to new fibers (I never knew anything before that but acrylic yarn) and knitting techniques. Soon after I tried spinning and angora yarn and I was hooked. I bought 3 angora rabbits. Two months later I took in 2 more rabbits that needed rescueing. It just blossomed from there I brought my love of animals and fiber together. We now have 11 angora rabbits, 4 cashmere goats, 3 suri alpacas, 6 chickens, 2 cats and one dog(all are rescues except the chickens). I serve as both an animal foster home and placement. I also work with local humane societies. I combine my fibers with local wool and my own friendly silk(i don't kill the worms).
The mission at The Fiber of My Being is to educate and inspire people to support my philosophy. I want to be able to help as many fiber animals as possible. My philosophy is that "we have engineered many of our domesticated species that they cannot live without us, therefore we are responsible for them."