Outside of work, I try to unplug. I really enjoy fiber arts, particularly dyeing wool, spinning yarn, and crocheting. I learned to crochet as a child, and picked it back up after college. I opened an Etsy shop, Blind Dog Yarns, inspired by my late dog George, a blind Australian Cattle Dog. He was always getting into trouble and I had so many George-stories. I couldn't resist a good pun about spinning yarns.

  • Crochet cowl featuring hand-dyed art yarn
  • Lion baby blanket
  • Crocheted Dachshund

My favorite items to make and sell in my Etsy shop are projects made with patterns I create myself. I offer art yarn scarves and cowls, baby blankets with custom graphghan patterns, Christmas stockings with various holiday characters, and sometimes small stuffed toys (my crocheted dachshund is the most popular).

  • Santa Christmas stocking
  • Hedgehog Christmas stocking
  • Buffalo Christmas stocking

As I've completed more and more crochet projects, I've become increasingly interested in the raw materials that go into creating beautiful yarns. I took a spinning class in January 2017 and fell in love with the process of dyeing and spinning my own yarn.

  • Sheep
  • Backyard spinning
  • Handspun Alpaca yarn

Many of my scarves feature art yarn that I've dyed and spun myself. I hand paint my wool using environmentally friendly, heavy metal free acid dyes. The dyes I use comply with the Organic Trade Association's criteria for organic processing. Then I spin and ply the wool into yarn on my Schact Ladybug spinning wheel. I've even started sourcing my wool from local Illinois wool producers.

  • Handspun Targhee yarn
  • Handmade Tshirt Progress Shot
  • Handmade Tshirt