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.