I grew up on a farm in North Queensland. There was no TV, no DVDs, internet or electronic games. We made our own entertainment. I was fortunate as my mother taught me to sew and knit, which I was doing when I first went to school, and the wife of one of the other farmers volunteered at our one teacher school to teach the girls crafts. I recall practicing my knitting using nails and string – a far cry from the luxury fibres (alpaca, superfine merino and silk) that I use now! A little later I was given a “Barbie” doll – the ideal subject for my fashion creations. But being ever practical, I never considered a career in fashion, and went off to University to study finance. Apart from the years I spent at University, throughout my life my hands have never been idle but were kept busy with one form of craft or another in my leisure time. Now that I have left the “rat race” I have time to pursue my love of fine fibres in the spinning, knitting and weaving offered through Witta Woollens.