10,000 Hours

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers that you become an expert in a task that you practice for 10,000 hours. Essentially, he’s equating a large number of hours spent with proficiency in that task. For me, I’m crossing that threshold this year for my fiber artisan work. By the way, I’ve always had difficulty … More 10,000 Hours

New Rug Adventure

This past couple of weeks, the weather in the northeast United States has been rather odd, with temperatures covering nearly every season. One particularly cold couple days seemed like a good time to make another braided rug. I had a Shetland Fleece (from a sheep named “Olivia”) that was mostly white with some small patches … More New Rug Adventure

Time To Review

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Or so the song goes. I’ve always thought so. As we head into the traditional holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah followed by the New Year, I’ve always loved to take stock and be re-energized. I just re-read all my old blog posts, just because I was looking … More Time To Review

Animals Know What They Like And Aren’t Afraid To Tell You

It seems that when I work on a fiber project, it’s not long before the feline members of the family weigh in on it. Handspun, Handwoven Cotton Blanket Braided Rug from Shetland roving in progress Another Braided Rug from Roving in Progress We can be our worst critics. So it’s nice to know that our … More Animals Know What They Like And Aren’t Afraid To Tell You

Analog AND Digital

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

Words, Words, Words

As the new year comes in, I usually find myself re-examining what is most important to me. Oddly, I often find that I’m inundated with words. Funny, when you think how much I enjoy writing. It is refreshing, however, to make the use of words a bit more conscious rather than riding the tide of … More Words, Words, Words

Being Inspired

In the middle of May, my spinning guild once again participated in a fleece-to-shawl competition at the Waynesburg Fiber Festival. This year, we chose a theme based on the book series and TV shows “Outlander.” The Scottish highlands are very inspiring to me, as is this series. We dressed our display in all things Scottish, … More Being Inspired