Vicky is a Pacific Northwest artist living on a farm across the water from Seattle. She lives with her husband, 11 Shetland sheep, 40 dairy goats, 50 chickens, 10 ducks, two house dogs, and two livestock guardian dogs.
Vicky got her first sheep when she was four years old, her mother taught her how to hand knit at age 5 starting with knitting potholders for holiday gifts for family & friends, but it wasn’t until much later that she started handknitting again and later began machine knitting and dabbling in weaving. She taught machine knitting locally at Joann’s Fabric and has a collection of 16 knitting machines, but only has room to keep 5 up and running at one time.
In the mid 80’s Vicky completed a degree in Computer Science, and returned to college in 2000 to get another degree in Network Administration and Web Design. She worked in computers for 25 years before deciding a change in latitude was necessary.
In the ’90’s Vicky became a spinner and joined the local weaving & spinning guild. After a few years she became the president for two terms. This experience introduced her to weaving, though she just wanted to learn to spin for knitting she soon found herself a small loom and started making fabric and towels. Later she picked up an old counterbalance Levi Loom from Paula Simmons neighbor, a dear friend, and soon after picked up an 8 harness J Made Loom.
In 2006 she and her husband purchased land and a whole new chapter began in their lives as farming became a major focus for both of them.
While most of her time is taken up with farm chores she does find time to dabble in other arts as well. Vicky went to the Seattle Pacific University to study art and later to the University of Paris to study drawing in the 70’s and spent some time in Palm Spring studying water color with Dr. P. Hershberger in the 80’s. Her true love is watercolor.
Vicky is an avid farmer and board member of Poulsbo Farmers Market, a past council member of the old Kitsap Farm & Food Policy Council and the new Food Policy Council. Vicky & her husband, John, are also founding board members for Kitsap Fresh a farmers co-operative online market to bring local produce to all residents of Kitsap at affordable prices and convenient locations around the county.
These days Vicky is busy as a grandmother, and farm owner who takes time out often for her love of fiber, between making cheese and growing produce & fruit, selling products at local farmers markets and enjoying life.
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