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A little about me.

Posted by on February 16, 2013

But first, about Charlotte. That’s her, up there in the header image. She’s a little yarn doll I made when I was six? seven? eight? She came to live with me as an adult when my parents moved out of my childhood home. Up until then, she perched on a shelf in my old bedroom.

She embodies the spirit of Yarn Folk to me–the way there is so much pleasure to be found in a simple, handmade object. The way it can take on a spirit. After all, I named her 30+ years ago, and there’s never been a moment when I forgot her name. She reminds me that when we make a thing, part of us is in that thing.

Knitting is powerful stuff.

But I did want to introduce myself. I am Ann Miner, and I was born and raised in Nebraska. At 17, I moved to Lansing to attend Michigan State University, where I majored in English with an interdisciplinary Women’s Studies thematic. After graduating, I thought I was supposed to move to Minneapolis, but practically at the last minute, I landed in Seattle instead. I lived there for most of a decade, though I spent a couple of years in the middle living in the Bay Area. My husband is a native Californian, but somehow I hornswoggled him into returning to the Pacific Northwest. In December of 2000, when our son was 19 months old, we moved to Roslyn, Washington.

I went to work for the Postal Service when the kid started kindergarten, and I have been a clerk and carrier in Cle Elum, and most recently, (temporary) acting postmaster in Roslyn. I loved many things about my job (and most of all, my customers), but the many recent changes within the organization made me begin to wonder whether I should come up with an Act II. I thought about what I loved, and what I didn’t. And the idea for the shop kept reigniting itself in my thoughts, like a trick birthday candle. I started making plans, and moving forward. Right now there is SO MUCH TO DO, I am very nearly at the point where I can do all the things, all the time.

It will be a mad scramble to open in April, but I’m giving it my very best shot. I can’t wait to meet you!


6 Responses to A little about me.

  1. Wendy Jackson

    Yeaaaah!!! So so so happy..

  2. Anita Sather

    Can’t wait….our knitting group will be up to see you often…….

  3. Diane

    I moved here from Michigan a couple years ago, after the yarn shop here had closed. Having worked in two yarn shops in Sylvania, Ohio, I brought my stash with me, but am happy to hear that you will be opening a yarn shop here!

  4. Ann

    Women, I’m so happy you found me here! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm!

  5. Danielle

    I am VERY happy to hear that there will be a new store!! Thank you!! I will be excitedly awaiting April.

  6. Carlos Frey

    …Ann, I don’t know much about yarn…BUT…I do know about following up on a dream. Fulfillment has rewards money can’t match. Go for it…!!!