I love working with fiber!
The Pen & Hook is the result of a long journey, full of twists and turns, with areas of sunshine and shadow along the way. After unexpectedly quitting my job as a newspaper editor and writer, I started this shop as a way to express myself in a different way, and to earn some money on the side. At that time crochet was just a hobby. Now it is a serious craft that has led to a true love of yarn and fiber.
Fiber is an amazing part of God’s creation. Developed from animal hair, fleece and plants over many millennia, fiber provides a multitude of functions. It protects our bodies from the elements, provides work, adds more beauty to the human form by way of clothing, and also gives us a way to uniquely express ourselves in art.
The use of fiber adds color to our lives. Crocheting, weaving, knitting, quilting and many other means of fiber expression gives meaning to our lives. Not only is it fun, but it also feels good when we give to others. Fiber adds zest to our lives!
Within the last year, I have not only expanded my crochet skills, I have also begun to learn how to spin. My project for this year is to crochet a blanket from the ground up. In other words, I am processing a fleece from start to finish, from the raw wool to preparing the yarn to crocheting the blanket. I am very excited about this project and know that it will take The Pen & Hook far beyond my expectations. I hope you will come along for the journey as it twists and turns and takes us far beyond where we thought of going. There will be sunshine and shadow along the way but it will all work out well in the end (Romans 8:28).
So why do you like to work with yarn and fiber? I’d love to hear your reasons …