Probably not a good idea to start a blog at 2AM, but hey, what the heck?

The first question everyone asks is: What made you change from engineering to dyeing?

I think I give out a different answer every time, but I’ll try to sum it all up here. I’ve always itched under the “normal” work routine – get up, work all day, go home, hoard your precious vacation hours so that you can get out and see someplace beautiful for a few days before going back to the grind. It doesn’t help that I have a serious addiction to mountains and climbing, and that I regularly go to places so beautiful that it makes me ache to leave them. Well, last fall the itch turned into a severe rash (think fire coral or poison oak) and I just couldn’t keep going to my gray cubicle with a good attitude. I came to the realization that no amount of money was going to make me happy, and it was just time for a serious lifestyle change. I know the grass is always greener, but time has always been far more valuable than money to me. It’s been two months and I don’t regret a thing.

Enter the yarn addict part. I had been knitting and crocheting for a few years, quickly found out about “real” yarn and “real” yarn stores and had to squoosh the latest beautiful mix of color & fiber ever since. Then I found Ravelry and a harmless hobby became a complete obsession. Enter the ISO & Destashing Forum and the Karma Yarn Swap group, and suddenly I was aware of a whole new world of indie dyers, squooshability, and color that I had only briefly glimpsed before. And did I mention the part about my boyfriend’s grandparents having sheep? Corriedales to be exact, and around the time that the job rash was becoming unbearably itchy, I received the dirty fleece I sent to Morro Fleece Works back in the form of creamy white roving. (Which still sounds a bit dirty….hmmmm…..) And about that same time I met Tom & Mette who have a small mill called Ranch of the Oaks. I realized that I could actually produce my own yarn – born and raised in California.

Once I had a focus for the itch, there was really no looking back. I started to learn everything I could about fiber, fleece, natural dyeing, and running a business. There are more stories – I promise I’ll be back with pictures and more over the next few weeks. But it’s 2AM now and I’m finally getting sleepy again.

About alpenglowyarn

Engineer, maker of tools for yarn dyers and maker of other interesting things. I still do some natural dyeing, but not as a business. View all posts by alpenglowyarn

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