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Fiber Roving June 2020

Posted by fireweedfiber on June 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

 

June 2020

 

It is raining. I am so glad. We have had rain, but much has been short. We needed a long, deep soaking rain, we are getting it now, and are predicted to get more tomorrow. I am grateful, my little piece of land has been thirsty.

 

Goats hate the rain, they do not have the wonderful lanolin of sheep that can shed water. They just absorb it and seek shelter when it is raining.

 

It has been three months since we have had a meeting and I miss the gathering and sharing we do at meetings. I miss the inspiration I get from other fiber artists.

 

Some like minds have come up with an idea and it has the support of the BOD. We are figuratively going to “circle the wagons” on June 20th at Soldotna Creek Park. We don’t have a reserved spot, we are just going to park our vehicles, bring a chair or blanket and create a circle on the grass. Bring your wheel or your project, physical distancing will be observed and masks are encouraged. Being outside is the safest place to meet and what a beautiful spot to be at. It will be at our usual time; 11 to 1:00.

 

Kathy’s been cleaning out her craft area and will be bringing things to buy, sell or trade and encourages others to do the same. We can put a blanket on the grass and display the goodies.

 

Also, Kathy would like to remind everyone that there is a member only For Sale space on the Fireweed Fiber Guild Facebook page. This is free if you are a paid member, photos encouraged.

 

It is with sadness that I include this email from Kathy. She has been a long-time supporter & organizer of the Guild, set up our web page and face-book and continues to manage them. She has also been our secretary, keeping meeting notes which are required under our 501c3 status.

 

“After much deliberation, I have come to the decision that I must step down as board member and secretary of BOD. My reasons are of a personal nature and do not reflect on the Board or the Guild. When a new secretary is elected or appointed, I will be happy to turn over my "folder". I will still be active updating the webpage and Facebook page, but if someone wants to take that over, that is fine also. “

 

Regretfully,

 

Kathy Morey

 

 

Hope to see some of you on the 20th at around 11:00. If it is raining the meeting is cancelled. Lee

Fiber Roving May 2020

Posted by fireweedfiber on May 27, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

May 2020

We begin the month of May with the hope of spring, yet with the changed world we live in due to COVID-19. As Alaskans we are trying to slowly re-open our state. As a senior with good health, and some minor health concerns, I am glad we are going slowly.

Not only do we have health concerns, but economic concerns statewide. Tourism is a big part of our economy in Alaska. There will have an impact on many.

Sounds a bit gloomy, yet outside the natural world is painting its usual beautiful spring HURRAH!! I am enjoying the warmth of the sun, the longer days, and the new growth on the land everywhere.

Kathy M. notified me of the BOD decision to NOT have a meeting in May. The library is still closed, other options were considered, and the final decision was to wait until June and then we can hopefully have a safer and more enjoyable meeting. The June date for our regular meeting is June 20th, the third Saturday of the month.

This silly little sheep reminds me of how I feel some days. I am working from home on some days and in the office one day a week. I miss the contact with the community at my job, and the community at large. I spend a lot of time at home. I am not completely alone; there are 15 cashmere goats, four geese, and two dogs to keep me company. I have one silly goat that likes to lick my face. I have raised some type of goat for 40 plus years and have never had that happen. I also have a 9-mo. old Great Pyrenees pup that is both a joy and a challenge. Three of the geese are nesting, the fourth is just not sure.

 

I hear the cranes call as they fly over. I have seen and heard the wild geese honking as they fly over in formation, and the songbirds have returned. So many signs and sounds of spring surround us. So many reasons to celebrate new beginnings, rebirth, and a time of renewal, its spring.

 

Let us all hope that this renewal of the land will lift our spirits and allow us to celebrate life. We need to support each other. Even with social distancing, and masks, we can still connect. Make a phone call. Smile and wave at your neighbor across the road. Send a text or email…we need each other more then ever now. People to people we can learn, we can grow, and later we can gather again in person.

 

Please take of yourself, as creative fiber artists, use that creativity to create beauty in your world in all forms…. See you in June…Lee ��

 

Fiber Roving April 2020

Posted by fireweedfiber on April 14, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Fiber Roving

April 2020


Well, it is unusual times we are in, and I hope you are taking sensible precautions so as not to spread this illness to family and friends. My adult children have been a bit assertive and very helpful. I am fortunate that I can continue to work at home. Unfortunately many do not have this advantage and I am very grateful.

Needless to say a group meeting for the Guild will not happen in the month of April 2020…sorry folks. Your health and life is more important, just take care of yourself please. This decision is per the BOD.

Kathy M., had a good idea and wanted me to share it with you.

“Hope everyone is well and dealing with being isolated. Like many of you, I have been re-organizing my studio/craft space and am finding things I forgot I had and now will probably never use! So…I’ve been thinking, when this is all over, and it will be one day, maybe we should have a “sell and swap” meet or maybe a guild yard sale to make money for the Guild or the FiberFest, meet or maybe a guild yard sale to make money for the Guild or the FiberFest. Something to think about while we are stuck alone with all this yarn and fiber! Be well my fellow fiberistas… Please send you feedback to: [email protected]  --Kathy"

I started a project, before the virus, and it’s a good thing to consider if you are staying home. When I moved to my current home, I had a ton of files! They are still in my shop, house is too small. I am sorting and throwing the majority (99%), most the info is on the computer now.

What about other things to do to reduce your clutter? Clothing of course…how many jackets do I need? How many do I actually use? When was the last time you wore that necklace? That is true of many things. Your craft stuff first & how about old craft magazines? Other magazines? And then, look at tools…duplications? We have tools as craft-persons, and I have tools for the garden, and home maintenance, how many screwdrivers of the same size and type should I have?? The list can go on. Start with your crafts and keep going folks….could be a very interesting “sell-swap/yard sale” event.

Some friends and I have set up a weekly zoom meeting, same time and day each week, it really helps. Zoom is a free app on phone or computer, and you can do video, so we can actually see each other while visiting, that really helps me.

Hey guys, each of you is a unique human, there is only one of you, so for that reason alone you are precious to me! Please make good choices and take good care yourself…�� Lee

 


Fiber Roving March 2020

Posted by fireweedfiber on March 14, 2020 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

March 2020

It was early in the morning, still dark out, dogs had been out to take care of business. Sadie was back in, seven month old Caleb was still outside. Caleb’s bark became more intense, I looked at the side windows to see a large moose cow on my deck! Caleb had enough sense to go to the front door, and she followed him around the deck as I quickly let him in the door. HELLO, want to wake up completely fast… I did!

Our snow is deeper than it has been in a few years. This was a young cow, possibly 3 years old or so. Food is a bit harder to find in some areas this time of year, especially with the deeper snow and I have hay. I have this young cow hanging about and an older cow with a yearling calf too. They have managed to get into my hay barricade twice now. Hay is not good for them, and I can not afford to feed them. They have also been into the goat pen, their droppings are there. If startled, they could easily step on one of the goats and kill them. My fencing is four & half feet tall & they can still step over that especially with our snow pack.

The three hanging around here seem to have very little fear of humans. I have been within ten feet throwing things, yelling at them, waving my arms, making big noises and with limited impact. My dogs are both herd guardian dogs. They might bark at a moose, but they will not chase or run at them. Moose are not predators, therefore the dogs do not need to protect me or the livestock against them. (big help guys, and I am very glad they don’t chase moose)

Well, it’s still snowing, and to be honest, I am very tried of shoveling snow, yes it keeps me in shape, BUT I am ready for spring, even with the mess of break-up!

Our next meeting is March 21st at 11:00 at the Soldotna Library, community room, first door on your right as you enter the library. We have the space until 1:00 so join us with your projects, your fiber know-how, questions and time to share with others. I enjoy seeing what others are creating, it inspires me or just chatting on general things. Look forward to seeing you on the 21st, Saturday…around 11:00.

Lee ��

Buy/Sell/Trade (we have 190 on this email list)

Have some decent cashmere for sale…19.00 as ounce, 4 natural colors to pick from. Lee/394-6146 evenings only or this email address.

My hay guy has been holding hay for me I won’t be using, 2019 harvest, Good Quality Timothy, Sterling area or can be delivered. Call Calvin Yoder at 953-2303, reasonable rates.

Please let me know if you have something to post, need to know by the first week of the month, thanks��

 


Fiber Roving February 2020

Posted by fireweedfiber on March 14, 2020 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

February 2020



As I walked to the front of my home in the morning darkness, the land outside was lite by the brightness of the moon, casting light over the white landscape, creating shadows and beauty. I love the full moon and the dimension of beauty it adds to our winter, making it truly a winter wonderland.

The warmer weather is a nice relief for me and the critters, yet it creates new challenges, like ice and snow sliding off the roof unto my decks and side porch. I did a lot of shoveling on Sunday and still have more to shovel! It feels more like March then the usual cold Feb, we shall see.

With Feb starting on a Saturday, and being a short month, we are quickly approaching the 3rd Sat of the month, it’s the 15th of Feb, this week folks!! Same time and place, Soldotna Library, 11:00 to 1:00, please join us for some socializing and always some idea sharing.

The Board of Directors met last month (they meet quarterly) They discussed some ideas for classes, lets add to the list! Many of you have special skills related to fiber, you may not consider yourself a teacher, but look at it more like sharing your skills with others, which we do informally all the time. It would be nice to have at least a brief learning experience at each of our meetings. I know it helps me grow in creativity when I can see what others are doing. I may not use the idea directly, but it kicks my creativity up a bit, and I’ll say, ‘ hey, if I did such & such I could do…’ so let us share our rich knowledge & love of fiber and help each other spark our creativity.

Since I am late getting this out, I will keep it short….OK, minutes not attached, couldn’t find them! Will forward them to you when I get them again from Kathy. Have a great day and I will see you Saturday! Lee ��

 

Spring Farmers Day & Barn Dance

Posted by fireweedfiber on February 12, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Kenai Local Food Connection Presents: First Annual Spring Farmers Day & Barn Dance. Saturday, Feb 29, 2020: 2-5 learn & connect; 5-6 food & drink; 6-8 music & dancing. Held at the Ionia Barn in Kasilof. No Cohoe Loop to Tri Road to Denise to Burdock to the Ionia Barn. No phone number provided, might check with the Kenai Local Food Connection :-)

 

 

Fiber Roving February 2020

Posted by fireweedfiber on February 12, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

February 2020

As I walked to the front of my home in the morning darkness, the land outside was lite by the brightness of the moon, casting light over the white landscape, creating shadows and beauty. I love the full moon and the dimension of beauty it adds to our winter, making it truly a winter wonderland.

The warmer weather is a nice relief for me and the critters, yet it creates new challenges, like ice and snow sliding off the roof unto my decks and side porch. I did a lot of shoveling on Sunday and still have more to shovel! It feels more like March then the usual cold Feb, we shall see.

With Feb starting on a Saturday, and being a short month, we are quickly approaching the 3rd Sat of the month, it’s the 15th of Feb, this week folks!! Same time and place, Soldotna Library, 11:00 to 1:00, please join us for some socializing and always some idea sharing.

The Board of Directors met last month (they meet quarterly) They discussed some ideas for classes, lets add to the list! Many of you have special skills related to fiber, you may not consider yourself a teacher, but look at it more like sharing your skills with others, which we do informally all the time. It would be nice to have at least a brief learning experience at each of our meetings. I know it helps me grow in creativity when I can see what others are doing. I may not use the idea directly, but it kicks my creativity up a bit, and I’ll say, ‘ hey, if I did such & such I could do…’ so let us share our rich knowledge & love of fiber and help each other spark our creativity.

Since I am late getting this out, I will keep it short….OK, minutes not attached, couldn’t find them! Will forward them to you when I get them again from Kathy. Have a great day and I will see you Saturday! Lee ��



 


Fireweed BODminutes January 2020

Posted by fireweedfiber on February 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Fireweed Fiber Guild

Board of Directors Meeting

January 18, 2020


 

Meeting was called to order at 10:15 am with 4 members present.

Monti reported we have approximately $3600 with some outstanding payments to clear.

 

Old Business:

Sports center is reserved for the 2020 FiberFest

New Business:

We should try to work on having classes for members during the year. Suggested were:

1. Basic Tapestry

2. Needle Felting

3. Inkle loom weaving

4. Rigid Heddle weaving

5. Dyeing

These should be discussed at future guild meetings to determine interest.

Possible equipment library for members to rent a nominal fee.

Meeting was adjourned at 10:45 am.

 

Submitted,

Kathy Morey

BOD Secretary

 

 

Fiber Roving January 2020

Posted by fireweedfiber on January 22, 2020 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Fiber Roving

January 2020

 



The snow has been falling all day, I have found it calming. It started very fine with a slight breeze moving the small wind chime by my side door. As the day warmed, the flakes got bigger, and started to cling to the trees, defining their shape and enhancing the beauty of the winter landscape. Hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy the awesome Moon, making wonderful shadows in the winter woods at night, love it!

With the colder weather we have been having, I have really seen an increase in water consumption with the goats, almost twice what they usually drink. A good reminder that I should be drinking more too! Colder temperatures, drier air, drink more, animals can be such good teachers when we observe them. ��

We have officially left 2019 and begun 2020! What will this new time frame bring to our world? Date to remember, the first newsletter for the Guild went out in 2011, that was 9 years ago, the Guild was already going for a few years before the newsletters began, but we do have some history to speak of.

Our next meeting, usual time, 3rd Saturday of the month and is Jan 18, 2020, 11:00 am at the Soldotna Library. Bring your projects, and ideas and hopes for the coming year.

A special thank you to Nancy and Martha for initiating our delightful December Potluck Meeting, lots of food, good company, a relaxed and enjoyable time to share. I do hope this tradition continues.

Happy New Year to all, remember to light your candle of fellowship to all, a smile, a curtsey toward another…we may not know them, but they are our neighbors. Alaskans survived in the early days by helping each other. We still need that tradition today, especially in the winter.

We still have some cold weather ahead, stay warm, drive safe and enjoy the unique beauty of an Alaskan winter.

Lee ��

 

Fiber Roving December 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on January 4, 2020 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

December 2019


It is early Dec 1st, there was a hard frost last night, and now early in the dark of morning, there is a light snow falling. Oh happy day! My youngest daughter is visiting from New Zealand. Her husband and 3 daughters will be here for the holidays to “experience” a white, snowy Alaskan winter! Oh dear, we sure have not had one, but maybe we will be able to share a white Christmas with them yet if the forecast is correct. Even if I did not have family coming, I am fed up with rain in the winter and very ready for some white stuff on the ground. It brightens the land and creates its own beauty.

It was decided at the last meeting to have meetings every month, except August when we are at the Fair. Martha M. has the space reserved at the library already for 2020.

It was agreed we would have a special December Meeting and Potluck. We will not be at the Library. We will be at Nancy Field’s new office space, behind her current space. The address is 35202 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna. The new office space is directly behind Nancy’s current State Farm Office. It is a two-story metal structure, just drive through the office parking lot, and park in front of the glass doors. (you can easily see it from the Spur Hwy)

Our meeting date is Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 (3rd Sat of the month), it is a Potluck, bring a dish. We start at 11:00 and will close at 1:00. It will be a nice holiday time to share food and socialize, what could be better!

This will also be our last month for the year 2019. In many ways this year has flown by for me, changes and challenges on many levels.

We will soon be celebrating a new year with new beginnings and probably some new challenges too. My hope to all of you, is that you have a wonderful Holiday season, however you decide to celebrate it……Lee ��

 

Buy/Sell/Trade

This space is free to all paid Guild Members, just let me know by the beginning of each month, thanks.

 


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