Happy 2023! Wise words I put to use …

A friend sent me these words of wisdom. I’ve been busy sorting SEVEN tote bins of photos into piles that I will keep and some to save for my two sons. Finding pictures of an activity I truly enjoyed, I am determined to spin yarn after a 25 year pause on a calming process. I stored tote bins of my home grown angora and mohair in the attic.

My Angora bunnies frequently left their cages and roamed my fenced yard. Curly, the Angora goat in the middle photo, had an unplanned pregnancy. Moe, the ram, had been hot-wired away in the next pasture. Apparently she was hotter than the wire…Collecting the mohair fleece once a year was a combination of electric shears and hand scissoring.

Over thirty years ago, I invested in a Karina spinning wheel from New Zealand. Classes and workshops taught me how to process my Angora, mohair, and sheep wool into batting, which are then spun. I love the tactile craft.

Mom and I shared this sweater, knit on a Studio knitting machine, sideways. The center photo, on the right, shows a kid mohair sweater I made with wool from the baby goat above, Gracie. I tried to capture the shine of the handspun wool in the right photo. Now you know what my plans are in 2023, in respect to “Doing things that I love more often.” What are yours? Happy trails and wishes for a peaceful, healthy and loving 2023! Sally

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of my novels, The Hitman's Mistake, Torn by Vengeance, and The Targeted Pawn. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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