A few minutes ago I was lying on my back in the snow, relieved not to be hurt. Now I wake up to find I just came back from Fiber College of Maine, always held the weekend after Labor Day.
I think of posts, but never write them down, just leave them drifting through my mind. So, at the beginning of what so many of us still think of as the new year with new notebooks, I am making a renewed commitment to posting more regularly. One big reason for this is that I have just spent 4 days in the company of women I met via blogging, starting with Gale Zucker and Kirsten Kapur. The connections keep flowing, and I don’t want them to stop. So, I’m going to start again. How about you? What connections have you made through blog reading or writing?
At Fiber College I stayed in a house full of talented, funny women and shared skills in classes with wonderful fiber folks. I have very few photos to show for it. That’s one thing about being with a bunch of visual artists. They take all the pictures, I just hang out. Here’s the house of fiber folk, taken by Gale, of course:
Gale is not only a great photographer, but an excellent teacher. I wish I had been able to take the Savvy Storytelling class she and Beverly Army Williams taught on Saturday, but I was teaching all day. (Dorset Buttons and Navajo Knitting) If you are interested in an online class, Gale’s Interweave class on Photography for Knitters is on sale right now.
One of the most fun features of Fiber College is the Mentored Dye Tent. Ellen Mason (taken by Gale) sets up all you need.
You can buy some yarn from her, or bring your own. Overdye ugly stuff. Dipdye an old sweater. Look at this display Ellen set up to help you choose colors and see how they would affect your fiber:
or look at it taken by a real photographer.
I have been knitting, designing, gardening, riding and working like mad at the day job. When I got home from Fiber College I wanted a grasshopper day, but nature decided I had to be an ant.
Do you know that it takes a long time to shell Lima beans?