Mary of Twirl Yarn is our hero. She has lived on her land for over 30 years, learning from it, loving it, tending it. She cares for about 1,000 (yes, three zeroes) animals with the help of one assistant and well-trained dogs. She has cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas in addition to those "all sorts of dogs."
We never know what story we'll hear when we call her. (Although it's sure to be good!) She might be rescuing a bull from a neighbor's property, or bottle-feeding a newborn lamb, or testing a new weed's potential as a dye plant. And she does it all with a beautiful, ever-changing combination of skills and joy.
Here are Mary's words: "I blend fibers for their different qualities. Each individual fiber takes up color differently. Some are flat color, some illuminated color. Some subtle, some more intense. It is this combination of so many colors that make the final illusion of a color.... much like the many colors of a cloud that let you think it is white.
... I (have) learned to embrace subtle beauty, surprise, and working with a natural process rather than trying to control it. Even thinking I can control my world is an absurd thought. Livestock, color, even the rain. It is a silly thing to try to fight and control. Where would we be without curiosity and surprise?"
Enjoy Mary's yarns. They are special.