About Kit

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard.  She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too, and she wrote stories for school and to share with her friends.

Kit’s stories include all her favorite things, inspired by the fantasies and fairy tales she loves: pirate ships and dragons, castles and ballgowns, brave girls and tame wolves, kidnappings and rescues. As a young child, she saw a puppet performance of Rapunzel that she has never forgotten. The odd details of the story about a girl traded for lettuce are so intriguing that Kit is writing a novel about Rapunzel in order to make sense of them all.

Since she is more hobbit than human, Kit finds real-life adventures challenging in embarrassing ways. Her seasickness has taught her the meaning of “near-death experience” and her fear of heights makes some paths impossible to walk. Still, like Bilbo, she has moments when she is determined to see distant mountains despite the inevitable discomforts that come with leaving home. When she does suit up for a journey, Kit makes sure her armor covers her chest, her hair is braided out of the way, and she can run in her boots.

Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. When she isn’t hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself locked in a tower, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and practices her spinning.

15 thoughts on “About Kit”

  1. HI Kit,
    I AM A NEW FRIEND OF CLEO…& LOVE HER WONDERFFUL BEADS…MY HUBBY & I WENT TO FREDERICK MD WEDNESDAY & GOT TO SEE THE WHOLE FAMILY’S ART.AT THE DELAPLAINE..HOW GREAT…THE ARMADILLO THRILLED ME, & READING YOUR BLOG ABOUT THEM MADE ME GRIN..I LIVED IN DALLAS TX FOR 6 YEARS & NEVER SAW A LIVE ARMADILLO…REALLY JUST SO BIZARRE…LIKE YOU ONLY SEEING THE DEAD ONES ALONG THE ROAD,,,,FINALLY A WEEK BEFORE I MOVED BACK TO PA I SAW A LIVE ONE…THRILLED ME TO NO END…ARENT THEY GREAT :0) ANYWAY…I REALLY ADMIRE YOUR WORK & JUST WANTED TO SAY HI…I AM ON DIAL UP & BEING A WORKING ARTIST MYSELF DONT HAVE TIME MUCH FOR BLOGS,FACEBOOK ETC…BUT JUST REALLY ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW YOU THRU YOUR MUSINGS… TAKE CARE & KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL WORK
    ALL THE BEST,
    YVONNE

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  2. I found you!
    I am amazed! Snowbound this morning in Baltimore, I followed my train of thoughts from snow, to our years in Ithaca, to quilting, to you…I found Anne first…and wrote her that if she ever makes and armadillo, I’d wear one around my neck! Now it seems she has two reasons to start making!!!
    I would love to catch up!
    ~Andrea

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  3. Hi Kit, I am a doll maker and freelance writer for a doll magazine. I have been asked to write an article about organizing a doll studio. In my research I came across a few pictures of your studio, one in particular (posted Dec. 8, 2009) I really like it as it illustrates a number of my points in the article. Can I reproduce your picture in my article? Credit would be given to you and your website. Thanks, Lynn

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  4. Hello Kit

    I came upon your site late last night when I was looking for an image of notebooks for my website and the lovely picture of your neat and tidily labelled books popped up when I Googled ‘notebooks’ in Images. Just what I am looking for.

    Would you, would you, would you possibly be willing to let me use it? Of course I’d credit you and am happy to come to some agreement with you for recompense.

    I’m having a minor meltdown; on the basis of several friends saying how much they enjoyed my letters, I was arrogant enough to apply for an MA in Professional Writing – what was I thinking? – and we have to set up a website. I’m finding the whole thing challenging to say the least as I’m working full time and also looking after my fiercely independent 92 year old Mother (which gives you some idea of my age – but I hasten to add I am the youngest!!)

    I’ve had a good look round your site and love it. Blogging, too, is part of the course and I’ve never done it so any Beginner Tips and Wrinkles would be appreciated as you seem to have a very effective handle on it! (I may be after you for input as my blog is to be about gifting and your post about Kelleen’s gift really resonated…)

    And finally – as I suspect you are wearying of me by now – I can beat you on the East Meets West project. I made a very basic quilt for my daughter’s 18th birthday. I started it when she was 17 and finally gave it to her when she was 33!

    Best wishes from Debs in England

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  5. Kit, hi! I’m so glad I found you! Wow, you and I have a lot in common, actually! I’m mostly hobbit, myself, though I’m afraid I never did sprout the thick pelt on my feet that could make a hobbit properly proud. I have only a dozen or so little tiny hairs on my big toes. Sad, really. Embarrassing, even! But I’m certainly built like a hobbit, if a smidge tall for one, plus, I’m a part-time cyborg, which helps me live down the hairless feet issue! Also, I spin, as well, and even used to help my dad construct spindles! I have my own spinning wheel, too, and my fiber stash needs a good going-through. Finally, I used to live in Colorado, and it is BEAUTIFUL there!

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    1. Wow! I love it when I find a kindred spirit! Your hairy feet issue sounds exactly like mine: when I was a teen, twelve toe hairs seemed like a pelt, but now I just laugh at myself for thinking my feet are hairy. I have a hobbit’s love of food (although I’ve had to give up many of the things a hobbit would consider essential) and of home. I’m only just getting started as a spinner, but I love it. (Do hobbits spin?) I love living in Colorado. I know we may not be here forever, but I’m enjoying it while I can.

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      1. Of course hobbits spin; how else do you think they clothe themselves? Certainly not in the pelts of other hobbit feet! Though I do wonder if they might not brush out their feet and spin the brushings …? Anyway, I’ve found spinning to be very zen. I’ve stopped spinning and spindling over the past few years, though, for reasons I still don’t understand, but I still have all my stuff. Oh, yeah, that’s why – after the move a few years ago, I hadn’t unpacked my spinning stuff, and I still haven’t. That’s a good reason, yeah? And with dialysis now, I haven’t got the umph to unpack my stuff. Heck, after dialysis treatments, I have barely enough umph to sit at my computer and watch Netflix! But I still love spinning! I have a drum carder and a couple of hand carders (general weight, so not suitable for anything in particular), and several boxes worth of various fibers, including a few raw fleeces. Oh, and spindles! Lots of hand spindles. 🙂 Do you have many hand spindles? Have you tried hand spindling yet?

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      2. Well, they could import their yarn or even their clothes, but being such homebodies, I’ll bet you are right and that hobbits spin and weave, too. I own 2 hand spindles (1 oz and 2 oz). I actually started with the spindle and am working with one right now for research purposes. My version of Rapunzel is set in the 6th c AD, long before the spinning wheel was invented, and although most movies etc ignore it, the fact is women at that time spent lots of their time making the textiles their family needed. Getting the technology, methods, and tools historically accurate is proving challenging but it’s also adding an interesting layer to my book.

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      3. Ooooh, that sounds really cool! I would love to read it when you’re finished! 😀

        I should post on my blog about my spinning. I should start spinning again so I can post on my blog about it. 🙂

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