Sunday, April 1, 2012

It's A Wonderful Life

I can't promise that I've not used this title before. Or, that I never will again. It's true. I reflect on this wonderful life a zillion times a day. So full of fun, family, faith, fiber, friends. Sometimes so full I don't even get to blog about it. Like these past few weeks. Alas, it's all good. So. Full. Of. Love. So full.
Here's what I've been lovin' on lately.

My Mentors



Let me introduce my #1 mentor. She has always
inspired me. I wish I could find a way to articulate all the reasons I love her so. She's had my heart since we met over 21 years ago, when babies were babies and life was much, much simpler. Kathleen is brilliant. Everything she touches is golden. She is loyal, funny (dang she's funny), creative, talented, an actress, mama, friend. Kathleen was my first teacher. She was the first to open doors for me when she taught me to knit. Once upon a time we were free to spend days on end together while drinking coffee and lunching on gourmet food she prepared. She can do it all, this one. And she can do it well. I wish we could hang like the old days, but I carry her in my heart everywhere I go. I wish you all a friend like Kathleen. She has been such a blessing in my life. Thank you for teaching me to knit, Kathleen! Thank you for your friendship.



What hasn't Kate taught me about friendship, life lessons, being free, fiber arts? Herein lies a golden friendship. I met Kate in a spinning circle. What I like best about Kate is her ability to be comfortable in her own skin. She is smart, genuine, talented and kind. So very kind and generous. She has taught me a lot this one. Her support and encouragement mean the world to me. Thank you for your love and friendship, Kate.



My weaving mentor. Linda took me in like a long lost relative. I recognized her on Ravelry, bumped into her last year at Maryland Sheep and Wool, and bonded over lunch at Rhinebeck. She invited me to a beach weekend with her sister and cousins, and taught me to weave. We have so much fun weaving and hanging out. We are all on the same page. I hope we have many more jammie/no makeup weekends in our future. Linda is a very talented fiber artist. Thank you for teaching me and taking me in, Linda! I treasure our friendship.



Oh, the faviest of new friends. Have you ever met someone who instantly felt like a sister? Katey is that person. I admire so much about Katey. She is incredibly talented, generous, funny, honest and wise. This girl has gifts. She's got ur back. I love her so. She was most recently in town for the Dragonfly Fibers Studio Open House and Homespun Yarn Party. She made me the happiest of socks.


She gifted me this adorable crochet book just 'cuz she embraced my love of crochet.


Thanks for the sisterhood, Katey. Wishing you all good things <3.



If you ever wanted to know everything about spinning, Lauren is your girl. She has mentored in many ways from teaching spinning how-to's at spinning meet-ups and Homespun Yarn Party to offering support in many venues. She is the most gifted teacher of the fiber arts that I know. Lauren is one to watch, I tell ya. She's a mover and a shaker and has some seriously cool plans in the works. Stay tuned. You won't want to miss what Lauren has to offer!

My life has been touched by so many mentors...too many to list, but they've been featured in this space before. I've just been counting my lucky stars for these five lately.

New Toys

There are some new toys in the studio these days.
Weaving has taken off with the addition of extra heddles for my Cricket loom-

This was the breakfast table on my last weaving overnight with Linda and her lovely cousin, Elaine. Elaine graciously hosted us for a slumber party/weave fest following the Homespun Yarn Party. It was like being on an indulgent retreat with healthy gourmet meals. Always so fun with Elaine and Linda and their family. Regarding the toys, I just have to order the 5 dent and my Cricket will be complete.


I wanted to promote this company because I'm loving this new vendor. I ordered my new peg loom from Lynette. She built this loom completely to my specifications and we've even teamed up on some product development because she cares so much about her customers and what will work best for them. Kudos to this new company!


Because no one ever has enough spindles and no spindle collection is complete without a trindle. Well, and also because one's friend's cannot be outdone in generosity. This was a gift from who else. Thank you again, generous friend.

New Yarns

My passion for spinning is in the art yarns. Here's the latest.


So this is what has been filling my days lately.

Oh, and hats off to my little undefeated division basketball champion and my sweet little girl belting out Adele at the 5th grade talent show. She sounded more like Adele than Adele, says her biggest fan. So happy for the sweet little accomplishments that have blessed their lives.

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These are the joys that have filled my days in March. I hope your life is filled with love and happiness and all things beautiful, too!


  1. Oh, my... what a lovely post. So many wonderful pictures.

    I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of Linda. She is a fiber artist and I can only hope to be like her when I grow up!!

    Thank you dear Elizabeth for you friendship. You are so special.


  2. Isn't the fiber community just wonderful! So many people happy to share and connect. I have loved getting to know you and look forward to more wonderful times ahead!

  3. made me't believe that...amazing really. You are the gift kiddo..not me.
    well, maybe 60/40 you...
    give or take.