Hello, I am Astrid!
My mom often says I’m a “quirky cat” and maybe that is true. Most 11 year olds that I know don’t run a little fiber empire, return home from a road trip with only roving for souvenirs, or carpool places with their spinning wheel strapped in beside them. But I am not sure that makes me a quirky cat. I think it just makes me Astrid. Ewenique Astrid to be exact!
I get asked all the time where the yarn thing came from. “Did your grandma teach you?” That is the most common question. The short answer is that no one in my family works with fiber. When I was 7 years old my mom registered me for a bunch of classes at JoAnn Fabrics. I learned to knit, sew, crochet, and a few other crafty things. I took to crocheting like an alapaca to a mountainside!
Eventually crocheting turned into spinning, dyeing, weaving, felting, and so much more! I look for any opportunity to learn from more experienced fiber crafters. Any chance to get my hands on some fiber is always a yes from me! I enter fiber contests as often as I can because it is a great challenge for me to try something new. Some people like to say they “think outside the box,” but we have been raised where the box doesn’t even exist. I love looking for new ways to reinvent my craft or repurpose everyday things in a way most other people might not.
I have goals! Some are short term and some might take me longer to achieve. But I can’t say for sure what the future will hold for my craft. I know it will be amazing and I know it will involve fiber. But if you told me the day I showed up for that class at JoAnn Fabrics that I’d have a spinning wheel named Petunia and another named Lavinia for a roommates, I might not have believed you! So we’ll see what other surprises come my way!