Finished Wrap

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.

By late-afternoon it was almost dry, enough to take to its new home along with some dinner.

Mirth was completely delighted with it. The softness of the alpaca, the ample size, warmth and yet extremely lightweight. And a color she loves. ๐Ÿ™‚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.

It was a tad damp so she hung it in over a heat register.

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.


On the other side of the glass door this mother and her kittens were waiting for their dinner. Though little Blacky is being quite rude. ๐Ÿ˜‰



Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

4 thoughts on “Finished Wrap”

  1. The wrap is beautiful and Mirth looks so happy wearing it. I will keep her in my prayers, and her doctors too, as they make decisions about her treatment. I love cats, and those three look like quite a trio. I bet they are mischievous. If only I weren’t so terribly allergic to cats, I’d have one. At present I am busy knitting a scarf for myself and getting ready to enter a painting in a competition. Oh yes, and I just finished another set of those dratted report cards.

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