Welcome to The Scarf Runner and my reflections on fiber, yarn, knitting, and scarves in particular!
Like those people who linger in bookstores for hours at a time, I cannot pass a yarn shop without turning in to explore its shelves. Wherever I am, I always find myself looking at weaving, fiber art, and lots of yarn. I have always loved fiber and find myself drawn to it, antique or modern, in museums, in shops, on the street. Whether ancient Inca weaving or contemporary embroidery from Kaross in South Africa, the designs, the colors, the textures all attract and intrigue me.
When we travel, I explore markets, museums, and local shops and often bring home an appealing fiber piece– as a present or for our own walls. Sometimes, I buy yarn as well for my work. Most of the time, however, I find my yarn in a local shop that I love, or I buy yarn on line. Once in a while, I stumble on a wonderful new source for yarn– hand spun, beaded alpaca from Colorado or hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn from the mountains of North Carolina. Sometimes I spend weeks trying to decide how I will knit a yarn I particularly treasure– or make several false starts before settling on a yarn and pattern combination.