Growing up in Upstate New York we made biyearly school trips to the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. This has been a working farm since 1829. In 1944 it was turned into a village of authentic, historic buildings including a blacksmith shop, tavern, pharmacy, general store, a barn full of farming implements and of course animals. But always, my favorite part was upstairs in the barn where they demonstrated the processing of flax, spinning and weaving. I was hooked the minute I walked in and knew that I would work there someday.
Imagine my surprise when, at the age of fifteen, I went to visit my grandparents and my grandmother, an experienced crafter, had just set up her loom. I didn’t even know she had a loom! “Teach me, please”, “sit down” she said, and we were off. The loom soon found its way to my house and I recognized that this was a profession I wanted to pursue.
For three summers I actually did work at the museum after high school and through college. That’s where I met Virginia Partridge who taught me to spin and that a day is not complete without learning something new.
So, who got you started or gave you encouragement along the way? Hopefully, thinking about this person will bring you a warm smile.
Smile, relax and knit.