I call myself The Nerdy Yarn Lady. My name is Patricia. I am a homemaker. My husband, Brad, retired from a career in law enforcement in 2005 as head of CID for Sherman P.D. and went on to become Director of Texoma Regional Police Academy until his retirement from teaching in 2018. We live on 85 acres in Grayson County, Texas.

We have a daughter, Audrey, who along with her husband David is managing the family farm where her father grew up, raising and home-schooling four children thirteen and younger, with a new baby in the house.

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl.

I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles.

In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s.

I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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