Thursday, January 22, 2009
IT'S THURSDAY -- IT MUST BE WEAVING DAY
Today, Margie is coming over to weave - and to hopefully complete the handspun blanket she has been working on for the past couple of months. It is so apt that this will happen today, as this day marks the official launching of the International Year of Natural Fibers. [ http://www.naturalfibres2009.org ] Here is a picture of Margie's work on the loom.
At 11:00 a.m., we will be engaged in our fibery pursuits -- Margie weaving, me spinning -- doing our small part to keep these wonderful handcrafts alive. The hope is that keeping these crafts alive will allow crafts people worldwide to have a way to sustain themselves. And in furtherance of this goal, Margie, Karen and Pam and I are going up the the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild on Saturday to join that group and spin with them.
On another note, I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of registration for the Golden Gate Fiber Institute's summer intensives. [www.goldengatefiberinstitute.org] Registration is supposed to open on January 25th.
I will be flying up to Seattle on February 11th to visit my friends, Tim and Mel, and then to stop by the Madrona Winter Fiber Retreat in Tacoma. I'm not taking any classes but will make a bee line for the marketplace. My friend, Mel, has just gotten back into knitting this past year and has never been to one of these fiber festivals. She's in for a real treat.
Well, I hear Margie at the door -- more pictures later of the completed blanket. [Okay, it didn't happen today but she's down to almost the very end and the blanket should be finished on Monday -- pictures shall follow next week]