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FAST Member Interview- Sarabeth of Sarabee Designs

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.


What is your name?
Sarabeth Parido

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Sarabee Designs. I was always called Sarabee or SB growing up, so when it came to picking a name for my shop, it was pretty easy!

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I sell at local art shows, or as of Labor Day weekend I will have officially. I do have a blog, http://www.sarabee.wordpress.com

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I learned to knit when I was 8, but I’ve always had my hand in something crafty as far back as I can remember. The first thing I can remember knitting was a baby scarf… I don’t think I actually gave it to a baby… it was just skinny and short and I was a little too ADD to continue with that project! I learned to spin just this last year and cannot stop! My father built me a kick spindle and I spin on it exclusively. I would love to learn the actual spinning wheel… but I really love learning new techniques on my kick spindle and making it my own “thing”.

What kind of fibre arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fibre art thing you made?
I knit, spin and dye my own yarns as well as make point protectors for your knitting needles called “Poke-Me-Knots” (the idea for these came after I literally pulled a needle out of a friend’s backside after she sat on her project… not fun… she wasn’t badly hurt, but it broke skin!). I also build and paint my own drop spindles.

What’s your favourite thing to make?
I really enjoy spinning, but I also enjoy making the “Poke-Me-Knots” because each are so unique.

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Where is the craziest or most interesting place you’ve ever crocheted, knitted, felted, spun yarn, etc?
I knit everywhere I go… the car, the doctor’s office, but maybe taking it to church was a bit much?

What is your favourite place to work?
My fave place to work is definitely snuggled up on my couch.

What inspires you? Where does your inspiration come from?
Nature. I live on a beautiful farm in Kentucky and there’s no lack of inspiration there. From the bluegrass, to the wild daisies and definitely the sunsets.

What is your favourite color? Do you tend to work with that color, or do you find yourself working with other colors?
I guess that depends on the day… today it’s clover green… tomorrow it may be fiery red… which having no set favorite I guess helps me not to get too attached to any one colorway.

Do you prefer a specific type of fibre?
I have fallen in love with spinning soy silk…but nothing beats a buttery soft merino.

Is there any other kind of art (fibre-related or not) that you’d like to learn?
I would love to learn to weave and it always seems as if there are new stitches and projects to learn to knit! And of course, I’d love to learn to spin on a wheel… something about that will make me feel like a true fiber artist.

Tell us a bit about yourself- where do you live, what’s your job, do you have a spouse/children/pets, any other hobbies, that kind of thing.
I live in central Kentucky with my husband and three boys ages 5,3 and 10 mos. I am a stay at home mom, which I love. I’m able to work with my etsy shop and my babies all at once… although I really have to watch the balance on that! We have two dogs and a kitty and live on my father-in-law’s 180 acre farm. My husband is in grad school, but is a 5th generation tobacco farmer and raises a small crop each year. We lived in the Chicago suburbs for 8 years, so this farming lifestyle is quite a change of pace for us. My father in law raises cattle on our farm, but someday I would love to start raising some fiber animals as well.

Tell us one quirky thing about you (or one thing no one knows about you).
hmmm… I’m one of those who can’t have her food touch… some foods that “match” in my definition, can… but most… cannot. Friends of mine even bought me a divided plate as a gag gift… but I use it. :)

Do you have any advice for other fibre artists? Have any craft room, storage, or other tips?
I’m still learning… I’ve told many of you in private messages that I look to you guys like rockstars… like I should be asking for autographs :) I have learned to keep roving away from kitty claws, at least if you want to list it and not spin it. Not enough can be said for networking and meeting local suppliers and customers. I love that that I have been able to take a hobby and make it into something I love to do from home.



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