I am Mandyz. The zed is silent. People pronounce it anyways.
I say zed because I am Canadian. A Prairie-Girl in the ‘Peg to be more exact.
I am a knitter. I knit wonderful, beautiful, inspiring things. I enjoy showcasing indie-dyers and my own hand-spun yarns.
I am a designer; a part-time, casual, no pressure to meet deadlines, sharing my love of knits with others when inspired designer. I particularly love lace and designing for hand-spun yarn.
I am a spinner. I’m not a new spinner. I’m not a master spinner (despite what my sister may say). I’ve been engaged with the wool-to-yarn process for some time now. I work small-scale. I have dreams of fancy time-saving tools such as a large carder or at least a blending board. I have one wheel, a handful of spindles, and a pair of carders.
I am a fibre-enthusiast-instructor. I share my skills in diverse ways. I particularly enjoy offering short skills workshops to inspire my fellow fibre-enthusiasts to try new things and to give them an opportunity to ask questions in person. Longer and extended workshops are great too. I’ve taught everything from the basics of knitting and spinning to particular skills such as advanced lace, brioche, colourwork without the stranding, etc.
I am a tech editor. I apply my decades of experience working with a wide range of patterns and (even more) decades of editing writing and being a perfectionist with a keen eye for mistakes and inconsistencies.
There is more.
Aside from my fibre-fun –
I am a family-person. Married with 3 amazing daughters. The youngest pair are monozygotic (“identical”) twins. Currently I am the full-time SAHM who works outside the home part-time.
I am an animal-person. Well, I’m not the animal. Actually, I am like the rest of you, but… What I mean is I love animals. I’ve volunteered with foster networks in the past. I adopt more than I foster (foster-fail). We currently have one dog, one cat, and a new kitten.
I am musical. As is the rest of my family; but I confess I am terrible at practicing. I play harp – very occasionally. There is also a lovely keyboard, wonderful guitar, new youth-sized ukelele, several recorders, tin whistles, hand drums, and so forth in the house. I do sing regularly in a local choir.
I am a dancer. I gave up the usual dance classes (tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre) many years ago. Now I dance with the Scandia Fun Folk Dancers and perform at Folklorama. I’m the one with the orange apron.
I am a performer. I was going to hide it above, but I do also have a background in theatre. Most recently I have been directing a group of young performers at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre.
I am a volunteer of (too) many boards of directors. You know how it is when you want to help an organization you are passionate about and offer your services… (Currently at 5 executive/organizer positions.)
I am employed as contract teaching staff at a couple of universities. I teach about religions from a sociological perspective. This is the source of my editing experience before knitting; just a “few” years in grad school.
I am a “geek” who loves fantasy/sci-fi but I have never attended a ‘-con’ event. I read Charles deLint, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett – among others. I used to read a lot more, but I’ve yet to embrace audio-books or e-books and fibre-fun has taken over the use of my book-holding hands. Television and films, on the other hand, are my “radio” of choice because I can watch/listen while knitting/spinning. (Supernatural; my girls enjoy watching Supergirl and Merlin with me; Star Trek but not Star Wars; etc.)