Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hello Fiber Enthusiasts

Hello and welcome to our blog. Blogging is a new adventure for both both of us. Dee and I are very excited about posting about something we both love...anything to do with fiber. We met last summer through our shops on Etsy. We've never met in person, or even talked on the phone; regardless, we have become very good Friends. Our common bond being, animal hair. Crafting and creating have a way of bringing people together. There is quite a distance between the two of us, but one day I hope to be able to cross that distance and share the joy of our hobby in the same room.

Now a little about me. I'm Andrea of The Fiber Gourmet. I live in a small town in southwest Ohio. Our home is on our beautiful community golf course. We feel blessed to be able to live in such a nice community, however a drawback being the only fiber animal I can have is an Angora rabbit that we house in the garage. She has the company of three other pet rabbits. With our two little dogs we surpassed the neighborhood pet limit. Thus, we try to be very hush hush about our critters in the garage. I'm learning the art of spinning Angora fur straight from my hand. It's tricky. When I'v perfected it a little more, I'll share it here on our blog.

A more in depth version of my life is:
I'v been married 23 years to a very loving and patient man. We are extremely blessed to have three adopted children. Our boys are ages 17 and 14, and our baby girl is 7. I'd like to thank our son Alex for creating this blog for us. The first 18 years of our marriage my husband had the privilege of serving in the Air Force, our last assignment being Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio . I trailed along as the "dependant wife". His promise to me when he retired from the AF was that we would settle in the south. My version of the south being Alabama, Georgia or Tennessee. We sold our home and moved one community to the south. A whopping 15 minutes south. Oh well. It was here that I renewed my love of knitting. I then got interested in spinning wool. My husband treated me one Christmas to a Kromski spinning wheel. Of course I then wanted to dye my own wool. That was followed by yarn dyeing and then the creation of my Etsy shop. It's like Christmas to me when the mailman brings those little packages of roving and yarn to dye and colorful batts to spin. This is where the patient husband comes in. He picks up the mail everyday and just hands over my little packages with a smile.

I look forward to having you visit our Etsy shops and stop by our blog frequently. And please say Hello.


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