Let’s give a big round of applause to our December Featured User. Congratulations Kay Lancaster! She’s been an Answers Community Member since August 2007. She’s also a Top Contributor in Fashion & Accessories and Hobbies & Crafts. So we just had to highlight Kay.
Let’s meet Kay!
“I’m Kay Lancaster, and I’m the only person I know of who got an internet domain as an “engagement ring” – just what I asked for! My computer engineer husband and I live in rural western Oregon, in the first set of foothills of the Cascade mountains, just south of Portland. When we met, there was no World Wide Web, and the internet consisted primarily of scientists, engineers, researchers, bulletin boards and USENET, no photos, sounds, movies, or ways to shop online. And that was only about 20 years ago!”
“The internet has grown enormously during that time, and changed in some very astounding ways. It’s allowed us to form friendships all over the world, and meet extraordinary people, as well as build online communities where you can teach, learn and and find out about all sorts of things. That has certainly been one of the biggest social changes during my life.”
Love For Sewing
“If you’ve met me on Yahoo! Answers, there’s a pretty good chance that you sew or want to learn to sew: most of the questions I answer tend to deal with sewing, textiles or fibers. Although my professional training is in the life sciences, sewing has been a major thread (pardon the pun!) in my life.”
“I started machine sewing when I was about 5, and have used sewing and other textile crafts as a creative and technical recreation for more than 50 years now. Over the years, I’ve made lots of clothes, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, special purpose bags and gear. Sometimes a project goes well, while other times it doesn’t, but I always learn something new with each project. Sharing what I’ve learned of sewing, pattern making and draping is something I really enjoy.”
“Because I spent my early life in Iowa, Oregon has had some sharp contrasts for me. As I write this, the winter rains have started. We get most of our precipitation from October through June, then go dry for summer. Summers are especially nice with cool and dry conditions. Winter temperatures in the Willamette Valley, where most Oregonians live, tend to be fairly warm. We usually get a couple of days below freezing a year, but if you want snow, you probably have to go visit it in the mountains. (This is a welcome change from snow shoveling in Iowa!). The photo above was taken during one of the rare snowstorms in the valley; these are blacktail mule deer grazing just at twilight.”
“With our relatively mild growing conditions, we’ve got a lot of different crops here, ranging from wine grapes to hops for beer making to soft fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and apricots. One of our favorite pastimes is sampling all the good food grown and prepared here. You can still find farm stands next to the road selling produce on the honor system: take a basket of blueberries or a bag of hazelnuts, leave the asking price in the box.”
Beyond Sewing and Answers
“What do I do in my spare time besides sewing and working on Y!A? I enjoy embroidering by hand — the photo is of a friendship quilt block I did for an internet friend in Australia — fusing glass, DIY home repair projects, hiking, and helping run book sales to benefit the local library. Keeps me busy! Occasionally, I even find the time to write some mini-tutorials for questioners on Answers!”
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