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Knitting addiction spreads to yarn dyeing

When Sandra Miracle got married, her friends were shocked that she didn’t make her own wedding dress. Long before Pinterest or blogs, Miracle was crafting, recycling and taking on do-it-yourself projects.

After years of telling herself she would try knitting, Miracle borrowed a book from the library in 2010 and taught herself the basics. A dishcloth, scarf and sweater later, she was hooked.

In 2012, she began hand-dyeing wool in pursuit of the vibrant colors she wanted for her knitting. Miracle, 42, is now the creative force behind Duck Duck Wool, her business featuring hand-dyed wool, alpaca and silk for knitting.

Miracle’s yarns can be found on Etsy, an online retailer that features handmade and vintage items. Each set of yarn Miracle hand-dyes in her Annandale, Va., basement is colored and named based on a memory.

“People look at color and think, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’ ” Miracle said. “For me, it’s personal.”

Miracle is a regular contributor to Ravely, an active online knitting community.

“I am so thankful that people purchase my wool,” she said. If they didn’t, “I would have a lot of wool. I would still dye a lot of wool, because it’s truly another crafting addiction.”

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