I don't want to jinx it but I may have finally gotten back into the swing of the 3Q series! There is no lack of inspiring individuals to feature, the trouble is how busy they all are on top of how busy and sidetracked I've become. But the next stretch of weeks should introduce (or re-introduce) you to some truly awesome people. First up, Annie! It's not hard to see why she is so busy. She has so much ambition and talent. I first came across her shop on Etsy when researching other natural dyers. Then when I got on Instagram I hit the follow button and have been so grateful for her photos in my feed. Not only for the natural dyes but the impressive knitting, love of nature, humor and grace, goat farming, wee babes, and general fiber-love. She has a new venture coming soon where she teams up with a fellow mother and wool lover that I'm really excited to see unfold.
Do you have a favorite mug? I do! It has the best shape, and not only keeps coffee warmer than other mugs but, of course, it has a little story. The first goat dairy I ever worked at sold these mugs, made by the most amazing woman who also became a good friend of mine. We used these mugs, and her plates and bowls, in the hayloft for farm dinners and events, which when set out along a 50ft table milled from the center of a White Pine is pretty darn spectacular. This farm is also the place at which I met my husband, who at the time was the farm manager. We no longer work at that farm, but it will always be the place from which our journey together began, as farmers, as partners, as a family; and it is amazing how much has changed yet stayed the same.
What is the last item you donated to a thrift store? Oh thrift stores! I love them. I so enjoy the search for that perfect find as well as to donate, especially when I'm in a massive clean out mood! I happen to live in an area where there are so many great thrift stores, supporting animal shelters to hospices. I became a Mama last year and it has taken my thrifting to a whole new level! Not only are baby clothes often SO cheap but you can find the most unique items from years past. I cannot say I'm a fan of the bold, bright kids wear available these days, and why by new when there are already so many clothes out there. So there are clothes, but there are also toys, and now I just cannot resist vintage doll bunk beds, and dated wooden kitchenettes, and if it gives me a project (I must get around to quilting two comforters and pillow cases!) then all the better! The arrival of our daughter also came with the largest amount of hand-me-downs, which I gratefully received, but inevitably came along with a handful of unwanted items. So my last item(s) I donated were a big bag of baby clothes.
What is the best thing about being a woman? Wow, this is quite a question! And there are so, so many things I feel I could go on all day. But if I have to choose one it would definitely be the ability to carry, birth and care for a child. There is not one more magical thing.
Be sure to check out Annie's blog, shop, Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry and Instagram. And keep an eye on Little Woolens!
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