I've been very lucky to work in fine arts for most of my adult life. The PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY developed a national and international reputation and still continues with an ongoing arts program. During the recession, when all economies came to a screeching halt I decided to offer myself a needed distraction, thus began my adventure in a centuries old craft, spinning yarn. Having approached this task as a missionary takes on conversion I began learning, practicing, experimenting. The results are the products of my efforts, results I offer you, the knitter, designer, visionary and artist. Use my yarn with the same exuberance I put into the making.
My yarns are worked from fleece and roving, dyed in my kitchen, spun and plied on my spinning wheel. I began spinning with wool and mohair, I love mohair! The reason mohair is particularly attractive to me is it's unique luster and weight. Because of the smooth surface of the hair, light refracts allowing nuanced depth of color.
As time progressed I became interested in many fibers, many different breeds of sheep with various characteristics and next-to-skin softness, along with other animal and vegetable fibers like Cashmere, Alpaca, Camel, Bamboo, Silk, Hemp, Angora and Tencel. I was lost in rapture, blending fibers to bring a hand that could rest on your body, shine like the moon, or recess into the deepest velvet. Color became the wild card, each fiber absorbing tones with varying degree of saturation and tension. The weight and density of the yarn varies, some are light as air, some heavy with stunning drape, they all lend themselves to stitch and pattern variables.
Last, but by no means least, I've invited Sandi Young, a master spinner to show her yarns at Spun Smoke, be sure and check out her stunning yarns online, and in the shop. Ahhh, I almost forgot - the titles, don't get hung-up, they're whatever pops in my head, then randomly applied. If you're looking for yarn with unique texture and personality you've hit the right spot. My wish to you – enjoy and indulge. I can't wait to see what you've made!!