my page has a new look – how ’bout that falling snow?!?!  i’m new at this so it’s not quite what i want as far as colors, but it’s getting there…..

so in between getting ready for xmas and work, i took a beginning wheel spinning class.  i’m hooked already.  there were four in the class, including a girl in sixth grade who has already been spinning for a year or so.  what a lucky girl to be exposed to fiber arts (or any type of art) at such a young age!  i was the only one who had never touched a wheel.  i took the class at far north fibers in south anchorage (she just moved her studio to the south side).  i spun on a schadt ladybug.  with our gypsy lifestyle, i can’t have a wheel that large.  i have been looking at portable wheels, but have found they are too expensive for a beginning spinner who doesn’t really know what she is doing.

so i’ve compromised and have settled on the ashford kiwi.  it’s not super small (about the size of the ladybug) but it’s cheap, has a double treadle (which is what i was using in class), and there is a guy(merlin tree) who does a conversion so the pedals will fold up for storage and transport.  the conversion doesn’t cost anything extra.  AND you can paint it!!!  i’m very excited about that, and already have several designs in my head.  there are also options for different ratios and expandability.

i bought a smaller hand spindle and some fiber on my last day of class.  we got to try all kinds of different types of fibers – different wools, bamboo, a really glittery synthetic, silk, baby alpaca, and even angora rabbit (i knew i should have been saving buster’s fur from his last shed!).  i loved spinning the baby alpaca.  it’s really light, soft, and easy to draft.  i got 2 oz each of silk and baby alpaca that i will spin together:

enough about spinning….  here is the shawl thingy i made (see earlier post about the springtime bandit).  it’s my first really lacy project.  it took forever, but i love the pattern and think it turned out really pretty.  i wish it was a little lighter weight since i’m sending it out to someone in the desert – eventhough they had a ‘coldsnap’ a week ago – oh my god it was 50 degrees!!  puhhhlease…

springtime bandit:

i am making another lacy scarf (clapotis) out of a hemp/cotton that i think will be lighter since the yarn is really fine.

Buku and i also made a birthday cake this week for dre since corinne was out of town because that’s what friends do.  it’s a yellow cake with wild blueberries on top with cream cheese drizzle:

and a few  more pics from ‘degnarly’ from this summer and thanksgiving (fireweed is done- summer is over (click to see the beautiful view of denali); c and d and their load; ski skiing on his new teles; buku using the wolf for warmth- nootka cracks me up- she stayed like that forever! and luther looks tired:

my dad has been saving some of his karelian bear dog hair for me to spin.  i know it sounds gross, but you only spin the under fur (like qiviut from a musk ox).  he sent me some this week and it’s actually really soft and a natural grey color.  i might have to start brushing nootka and harley.  🙂


gotta do xmas stuff and some work!

’til then……


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