It has been just about a year since I inherited newsletter and program chair duties from outgoing members of my weaving guild. Not coincidentally, it has been just about a year since I have written in my blog, or anywhere else. Life on the farm has continued on at a rollicking pace - shearing in April and October, sorting, picking, sending, sometimes selling, carding fleece, and always spinning, knitting and weaving. But, due to some misplaced sense of duty, the programs and newsletters for my guild have taken precedence over other creative endeavors.
Like trying to cross a stream that is too wide to be jumped in a single leap, I am going to walk across stepping on stones, but I WILL get across!
Some prominent stones:
Last January I started the maze of doctors and referrals which led up to a THP (total hip replacement) in April. We continued our presence at the Vista Market as long as I was able.
Took a wonderful rug-weaving workshop with Jason Collingwood (Peter's son) in February.
Did a presentation for a local "Art Lovers' Club" in March. Well received, and great fun to do. Slide show is ready should there be any calls for an encore!
Managed to spend some time with Bay-area kids and grands before April's surgery,
|Finished seven shawls and a rug|
|The rug was done with llama and wool roving and linen warp, on a peg loom.|
In June we had some surprise goat babies - surprise was that I had gotten rid of the bucks months ago! However, all are simply lovely so will be keepers.
The chickens started laying, and by August we were getting beautiful eggs on a daily basis.
We also joined a local CSA, JR Organics and continue to enjoy our beautiful "surprise box" of fruit and veggies every two weeks.
In September my amazing new neighbor, artist Carolyn Reynolds, invited me to assist with her three-day show in Sausalito. What a trip!
|"Real" SAORI from Japan|
|Kenzo Jo demonstrates SAORI weaving techniques.|
|My enabler watches the booth.|
Of course I succumbed to some beautiful handspun, hand-dyed singles from TaraSFibers, and was gifted with some lovely wheel paste from the Yarn Marm.
Toward the end of the month I was privileged to attend my first-ever SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) at Lake Tahoe. Seizing this as my first and perhaps only opportunity, I signed up for weekend workshops with Michael Cook
|The silk guru|
|Judith with her beautiful bison rug|
|Stephenie and Jacey Boggs|
The picture to the left is sadly a bit blurry, but is one of my favorites because these two ladies are the past, present and future of spinning, and make it possible for all of us to step into that amazing stream of knowledge, skill and history ... and to help keep it flowing. Thank you, ladies. Thank you so much.
WeFF (Southern California Handweavers' Guild's Weaving and Fiber Festival) was held the first Sunday in November. Too bad I was pre-migraine, and forgot the cash box and Square (for credit card processing). It was a lovely day, but sales were the worst ever. However, that event marked the end of our "seasonal rush," so now things have settled down to a more steady cadence.
I even had time to go visit Gil and Nancy Riegler at Oasis Camel Dairy to see the beautiful dromedaries and to talk with them about developing a market for their fiber. I came home with a true love for the gentle beasts, and a bag of fiber with which to experiment. Fun!! I took my iphone and a camera, but was so caught up in the event that I forgot to take any pictures. Next time, I promise.
The very same thing happened when Dr. Elizabeth Barber came to speak to my weaving guild. I was so in awe, and so happy to have her to lunch after, that I never thought to snap her picture. Not even when she walked over to pet the llamas, something she had always wanted to do.
December seems to have a decidedly more leisurely pace - so far - except that we are now in the throes of packing for our Skeptics' Amazing Cruise , our first cruise ever - amazing or otherwise.
More on THAT later -- providing the world doesn't end. ;>