Early in January, I had the opportunity to participate in a Sheep To Shawl competition at the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg. For those who may not know what is involved in this type of competition, here’s the rundown. A sheep is sheared, the fiber is fluffed up (carded), the fiber is spun into yarn … More Speed Weaving and Spinning
In September, I was fortunate enough to take my first fiber dyeing workshop. We dyed cellulose (think cotton, tencel) fibers and fabric. Our site was a Russian Orthodox Church that is now being renovated by a young couple with a lot of energy. Next, came a trip-of-a-lifetime to New Zealand. What a beautiful country. Being … More Fiber Journeys
I recently purchased a new camera and had the opportunity to play with it at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. While there, I visited an exhibit of dinosaurs. What? Dinosaurs in a zoo? These were amazing animatronic beautifully designed creatures complete with sound effects and some interactivity. Just fascinating. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, … More Lions and Tigers and…Dinosaurs? Oh My
Since I’ve been weaving, I haven’t had a desire to knit anymore. Well, that changed in the last couple of weeks. I saw a shawl knitted from handspun yarn that a spinning friend of mine made recently. It was beautiful. She kindly shared the pattern she used and I began working, using some Merino fiber … More First Knitted Shawl
For the last month, I’ve been enthralled with something called: The Japanese Art Of Tidying. A process developed by Marie Kondo. She has spent most of her young life trying to determine the best ways to organize clutter. I think those that know me would agree that I try to be organized, but we all … More On Tidying and Pasta Making
Not only is Spring the time for Shearing sheep in the northeast, but it’s also fiber festival season. This year, I attended 2. The first was purely as a spectator at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in Friendship, Maryland (at the Howard County fairgrounds). It’s one of the largest fiber festivals in the country … More Spring Fiber Festivals
Just washed a new Shetland Fleece that I got at the annual Shearing at Twin Springs Farm.
As I’ve probably said before, I usually struggle with being both an Analog and a Digital kind of person. That is, I enjoy doing things by hand as well as through digital formats. I recently discovered for myself a way to feed both sides when I’m thinking through challenges. I have been a Mindmapper/Ideamapper for … More Analog AND Digital
Mother Nature has been playing games with us. We had summer-like temperatures in February and January-like temperatures in March here in the Northeast US. More than humans are confused. Traditional Springtime events still take place. This year’s sheep Shearing was a cold one with frigid temperatures outside. Too bad for the naked sheep afterward. But … More Spring Is Trying to “Spring”
Amazing the things that are in our own backyard. I always thought this tree was growing in a spiral. Then, after looking at the pictures I took, I realized that it’s a vine that’s spiraled up the trunk of this tree and the tree is trying to grow around it.