If you ever happen to find yourself in the Peachtree community, just outside of Murphy, North Carolina, and you see a sign that has a humorous looking sheep (his name is Maurice in case you were curious) balancing precariously on an unraveling ball of yarn you should definitely pop in. Even if you are not a fiber and color addict you will be offered a cup of tea and, hey, they might even be having an old-time music jam session. You never know what they’re up to at Yarn Circle.
I should let know here and now that I am somewhat biased about how wonderful Yarn Circle is. Truth be told, it’s a shop run by my parents and some friends of theirs. I think it’s just great!
They have what they call “The wall of color” from which you can select from an incredible array of yarns.
It doesn’t stop with yarns, needles, looms, spinning wheels and felting supplies. They also have awesome hand puppets and even a few of my handmade books.
My dear mother, Martha Owen, has been a professional knitter, spinner, natural dyer and sheep raiser for the past 30 years. She purchased her first sheep the year I was born. Her name was MawMaw (tee hee) and she lived until I was 17, a pretty long time for a sheep eh?
Here is some of Mom’s work: (She teaches regularly at the John C. Campbell Folkschool if you want to learn how to do this yourself.)
And finally, a picture of herself wearing a hand-knit, Fair Isle sweater from her travels: