Hi, I’m Cari, and this blog is about my adventures with yarn and fabric. I started knitting in 2009, and within a few months I found “my people” in a local knitting group. I’ve since branched out into other areas, like weaving, dyeing, spinning, and quilting. (Ok, so the quilting has kind of taken over lately.) Whatever I lack in expertise, I tend to make up for with raw enthusiasm. :)

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is like a mecca for fiber artists. I work as a university professor, and I love to teach. While my crafts haven’t yet become a business for me, I do love sharing what I learn with others, hence this blog. My tutorials cover quilting, dyeing yarn and fabric, and a bit about fabric design (another new obsession).

About the name

I thought for a long time about a name for the blog. For a while I was thinking about “Dye Kitchen,” because I love to incorporate hand-dyed yarn and fabric into my projects, and I do all of that in my home kitchen. But I also wanted room to write about other things that struck my fancy.  “There’s A Thread” reflects that all the fiber arts are related, and it’s also a nod to one of my favorite poems, by William Stafford.  This poem is like a talisman for me. I think it perfectly captures what it’s like to follow your heart’s longing: sometimes confusing, but absolutely necessary.

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

– William Stafford