Recently a journalist, Jo Garcia-Cobb, from a local newspaper came here to interview Ed and I about our business. Jo was frequently at the Mt Angel Abbey Library working on a book she was co-authoring with her husband, Keith – who was studying for his Masters at the seminary during the time I worked at the Library. This summer I saw Jo when she came to Scotts Mills to report on the annual Summerfest. It was wonderful to catch up a bit with her and her young daughter. She was please to hear that our small business is keeping us busy and asked to write an article to help encourage people struggling during this tough economy; to let them know that there are people who have successfully built up a simple business. The article came out a week ago today. It’s evident that Jo well knows the writing craft and has honed her skills though the years. We feel honored that she wrote such a good article and took a very nice picture of us. (I need to ask her for a copy of the picture to share here.)
The body of Mirth’s shawl/wrap was finished Tuesday night, just before midnight. With drooping eye lids I put it aside until morning when I could see better to weave in all the ends. Up with the early birds the task was done with time to put it in for a long soak then a rinse and blocked on the bed to dry.
Mirth was completely delighted with it. The softness of the alpaca, the ample size, warmth and yet extremely lightweight. And a color she loves. 🙂Doesn’t Mirth look great! She’s a terrific fighter and optimist, even in the face of ongoing, and changing chemo treatments as the doctor tries to find the most effective method to eradicate the cancer.
I’m working on a video showing one simple way to join the strips, and possible a couple more of ideas that are percolating, which will be added to YouTube when complete.