This past week, the wonderful Jocelyn Brown of the Detroit News craft blog (Friday's edition) ran a truly nifty column featuring a crocheted cowl done up in fingering-weight, hand-painted wool yarn by Kim Leach (Wisconsin), a yarn she called Toe Jams. The line is Happy Hands Yarn. Jocelyn got it some months ago at Artisan Knitworks -- indeed, I think we're the sole source of Happy Hands Yarn in Michigan. Jocelyn chose a fabulous green mix with a dash of purple. We also stock some of Kim's worsted-weight hand-painted wool in great big balls.
I have known for some time that the amazing Kim -- a self-taught dyer with an astonishingly interesting sense of color, a witty dyer who tossed a bit of purple into almost everything she did -- had life-threatening, congenital liver disease. When last I saw her at a fiber festival, Kim's husband confided that he was not at all sure she would be all right, and very sure she could eventually require a liver transplant. Now, I learn she has died.
Kim was young -- in her 50s, a bouncing little bundle of joy. That description only sounds trite if you didn't know her. She bounced. She was always, always full of joy. And I will miss her. We have assembled a large basket of her yarn near the seating area -- obviously, when it's gone, we're done. So come look. There is more in the fingering district. This has not been a good day. Tomorrow will be better. Love to all. Here's Kim. svb