My name is Patricia Briceño, and I’m a native of Yucatan. In 1999 I discovered working with wool as a matter of necessity. Coming from the tropics, I was vulnerable to the cold weather of the north. Wool makes me feel comfortable and able to enjoy the new environment. I started knitting twenty years ago, and I always thought of spinning as a natural addition to creating a garment. I discovered that when I hold a skein of yarn I have spun, I get a feeling of conclusion, and the knitting process becomes almost secondary to me. I like to think about the histories intertwined in a skein of yarn. The people, the animals, the places—even the weather and my thoughts. All becomes present and important while I prepare the fiber before I spin it. All the steps become very relaxing to me because there is no way to rush them. The cycle of washing the raw fiber, letting it dry, dyeing, carding, and spinning requires its own time and its own space. When it is finished, I feel the joy of producing something with my own hands that is beautiful and useful.