The Three Fates

The name comes from the Greek Goddesses also known as The Fates or the Moirae. They are Lachesis, Clotho and Atrophos and the closest thing I could think of to knitting goddesses in mythology. They are sometimes known as the spinner, the weaver and the cutter as they spin the thread of life, weave it into a tapestry and determine it’s ending. They are also portrayed as witches in Macbeth. Sometimes the Fates are portayed as the maiden, the mother and the crone
As crafters, we sometimes making heirloom quality garments meant to last generations and I love the idea of following the thread of someone’s family story through a knitted garment.

I got started with a tiny dye kit, a crockpot, some white vinegar and handful of undyed yarn. I was hooked instantaneously. I’m the daughter of two semi-retired artists – one was a graphic arts designer and the other was a children’s book illustrator. The end result is that I’ve always had a life long obsession with color and a constant relationship with crafts. I’ve been a potter, a paper maker and a book binder. I learned to sew and I also know my way around a hammer. I decided to explore the creation of the colors of the yarns I worked with. I’ve since moved on to better bases and better dyes. My parents make folk art and theater art respectively; neither are particularly known for watercolors. I get my inspiration from the bold colors and color combinations I grew up around.

I believe that color should live. In my work this happens in two ways. The first is through the absence of soap, which would even out the color. The second is happens through the soaking process and cooking process. I soak my yarn twisted and cook it in a  slightly crowded water bath. These things combined allows the dye to strike the yarn in an organic fashion. I also will over dye tie marks and other spots as I see necessary. This means every skein is individually judged. All of my fiber and sock blanks are done with hand-poured dye stocks, which results in a similar look.