A number of years ago....at least 5 if not more, I had the good fortune of meeting an up and coming Pattern Designer, Anne Hanson, at the NETA Spa weekend. We spent some time chatting at the booth where I was vending and then more time later when the vending part of the weekend was over and I was able to sit, spin and enjoy the company of friends.
Over the course of the weekend, I realized Anne was a kindred spirit and therefore a lasting friendship began....it has been a continuing source of joy in my life.
While Anne was visiting in my booth, she purchased some "man colored" yarns and mentioned how much her husband enjoyed hand knit socks. Well, as a dyer, not every colorway comes out as you envision, so I used to send those skeins to Anne for her husband,David, instead of tossng them into the never to be seen bin again. This was long enough ago before I even sold yarn on-line, so I never thought much about it other than I hoped it would make she and David smile. Back in those early days I actually had extra time in my life to look at my blog stats to see where hits were coming from and every now and then my stats would go absolutely crazy and I couldn't understand why until I looked a little closer....
This I think was the first....Teosinte Socks
Tesserae....still one of my most favorite socks to knit
...and the beeutiful Marie Antoinette's that I begged Anne to design...because as you know, I have this small love affair with the little sister bees. :-)
This one was very exciting for both of us when it made it into the Twist Collective line up...."Leaving". The beeutiful Birch Beer colorway came into existence from a picture of a dyeing hosta that Anne sent to me and to date it is still my best selling colorway. Those hostas left a beautiful parting gift. :-)
As the years have gone by, Anne and I have worked together on a number of various projects and they have always been so much fun because as I mentioned before we are kindred spirits and usually tend to think on the same lines when it comes to color and patterns. More important than all of the yarn and patterns however is the friendship that has been forged over these years.
Yes...a sister of the hive....thank you Anne! :-)