My name is Carla Hanson, and I am the owner of Purple Lamb Fiber Arts.
I decided I wanted to learn to weave in 2003. Within a month or two, I decided I wanted to learn to spin as well when I realized how much handspun yarn could add to handwoven garments. As much as I love weaving and knitting too, I love spinning even more. I find the color, the texture, the combinations, and the ability to make any yarn I can imagine absolutely captivating. I eventually bought a trio of French angora bunnies to help with the endeavor.
After I had been spinning and weaving for about eight years, I decided to start selling my creations on Etsy. My handspun yarn ranges from even, traditional yarn (well, almost traditional anyway) to crazy art yarns that can be used alone or as an embellishment to knitting, weaving, or crochet.
Later, I added art batts and hand-dyed top so other spinners and felters could join in the fun. More recently, I have added hand-dyed silk hankies as well as merino, silk, and bamboo top from Ashland Bay to my shop. I frequently do custom work as well.
While I’m not opposed to adding a bit of firestar or angelina for shimmer, I work almost entirely in soft natural fibers like merino wool, alpaca, angora, tussah silk, mulberry silk, and bamboo. Given how many hours it takes to knit or weave something beautiful, I think it is worth making it out of quality, natural fibers that are a joy to wear.
In addition to Purple Lamb, I am a homeschooling mom with a big, busy family, and I also blog over at www.catholichomeschool.com. I live in northern Arizona, and the colors around me are frequent inspirations for my creations. My husband and children help out with Purple Lamb as their time and interests allow.