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Fiber Roving October 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on October 14, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving~~ Oct 2019~~ Our next meeting is scheduled for Oct 19 at the Soldotna Public Library at 11:00, again, the 3rd Saturday of the month. Bring your projects and we can discuss and enjoy our success with the 2019 Festival! I am sorry I am so late on this, but have been busy at work and at home upgrading and winterizing my place. My hope is that you remember our regular schedule, 3rd Saturday, and that we will see many of you on the 19th. Our Sept began a bit wonky, but Kathy M. pulled out a great solution and we met at the Reading Corner. What a delightful surprise. The place is full of second-hand books, has many options to sit and read, a coffee corner, gift shop and a warm, welcoming feeling about it. It???s a good back up meeting place if we need it, or other groups too. The attendance at the Festival on Saturday was awesome, a bit slower on Sunday, but on Sunday we had a cold rain to contend with. I was at the children???s table again and this year we had the additional benefit of having the 4H Fuzzy Wuzzys (fiber club, welcomes new members) helping us. We also had a young community member join in the teaching. 4H not only provided teachers, they also had yarn for the projects, as did we, so participants had a lot of choices. We had finger knitting and crocheting as well as 7 strand looms to share with the participants, and we had a lot of them. Next year we should try counting them! I made a sign that said Free ???Kid??? Activities, and adults asked what age is a kid? We decided on 107, so we had adults participate too. We had 3 adults and 4 youth as teachers, and we were all busy from opening till about mid-afternoon on Saturday. Went home very tried, but satisfied too. Sunday was slower, which I appreciated. As well as some outside critter jobs I must get done this fall, I also added a new member to the family. He is a male Great Pyrenees pup, got him 3 weeks ago and his name is Caleb Thunder Foot. I had forgotten the ???joy??? of puppies, like potty training, and no to chewing on everything. Like having a 2 year old child in a home that is not ???child proof??????..I am learning or should I say remembering!! But I love his serious personality, and Sadie (my older Pyrenees) has accepted him and they play all the time, when they are not eating or sleeping???..Like I need another job, and its worth it, I do enjoy him a lot too. Outside jobs call me, so I need to close, and look forward to fun meeting on the 19, many stories to share! Even if you didn???t make it to the festival, come and hear the stories???????????????..Lee ????

Fireweed Fiber Guild 9/21/2019 Minutes

Posted by fireweedfiber on October 14, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Fireweed Fiber Guild 9/21/2019 Minutes Meeting was called to order at 11:20 with 11 members present. Members introduced themselves. Old Business: Regarding Fiberfest: Shauna reported she has signed up food vendors. Reindeer Hut, Kenai Kumbacha, Wok & Roll, and Hot Dog a la Cart. Flyers have been passed out and posted in many communities, from Homer to Girdwood. New Business and announcements: Monti brought colored markers for members to decorate their bags. Nancy announced she will, also, be having a booth at the Festival Kathy passed around a thank you card from the Boys and Girls Club thanking the guild for the flowers made last summer. Instead of the original idea of ???planting??? them on a fence, the club took them to the senior center and passed them out to the residents , who totally were thrilled. Lee commented that there should be more communication between members regarding happening within the guild Meeting was adjourned at 12:00 Respectfully submitted, Kathy Morey BOD Secretary

Fiber Roving September 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on September 11, 2019 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving~~September 2019~~I am wondering where the summer has gone? As I type Sept into the date, I think FALL, yes, we begin the gentle fall into Fall, a time of beautiful colors and brisk air, and another step into the quiet of winter. Yet with the continued dry, hot summer, it seems the plants and trees are a bit confused by our weather. I was picking mature fireweed to feed to the goats (high in protein) and below the older stems were new plants with buds, that was just week ago, a little late to begin life. The hot, dry summer has impacted all that grows around us. For the fires and the earth too, the rains have been greatly appreciated, we all need a long drink. I have re-homed my breeding buck, Farley now resides in a Cashmere herd in Wasilla and is doing well. We welcomed a new member to the family. We lost Galen in July, he was 12, old for his breed, I still miss his calm demeanor. To my surprise, I found a flyer for Great Pyrenees pups locally, so I checked it out, and 8 week old Caleb joined us a week ago. I am re-learning skills for potty training, chewing issues and more???.I have an energetic ???2 year old personality???, about the place. Our next meeting, the third Saturday of the month is September 21st. We meet at the Soldotna Library at 11:00, come rain or shine. Many of you have gotten the Guild Totes, so the idea is to bring your tote, and methods you have used or want to use on your tote, and we can share resources and ideas and make our totes individually unique to each of us. Linda and Lisa will have totes available for those that haven???t gotten theirs yet. We also covered the Ninilchik, Kenai Peninsula Fair again this year. It is free to us to have a booth there, because we are providing an educational service. I was there Sunday with Jane Conway and it was a pleasant experience, as usual. Hopefully we can share some stories on our different Fair experiences. The fiber section at the fair had a better showing then last year, but over-all the fair is down on exhibitors. Winter is coming and then spring garden time. This is our Fair, a chance for us to ???show our stuff??? on all levels, a chance to let everyone know what the Kenai Peninsula does from fine art to produce to livestock. We are a diverse and creative area. I am always pleased at the quality I see all over the Peninsula. So make a commitment now, car pool with neighbors & friend and get your products to Ninilchik next year. Lets put forth a real effort to have the Fair be a showcase for who we are in 2020! ???? Well, guess that???s it folks, I will see you on the 21st in Kenai at the Reading Corner at 11:00 am. Lee Sell/Buy/Trade Don Marlowe has 600 bales of hay for sale. Its in the barn, 10.00 at the barn or he will deliver. The load has to be at least 40 bales and delivered it is 11.00 a bale. He is in Sterling and can be reached at 398-9131. I use his hay, its good quality, and he is a very nice gentleman to deal with. Dehaired Cashmere for sale. Some reservations on the final product, so I am selling it for 19.00 an ounce or two ounces at 30.00 (15.00 an ounce). It is still very spinnable with a nice final yarn. 4 colors to choose from, light taupe, dark taupe, variegated beige or white. Call Lee at 384-6146 evenings. If you have something to post, please contact me by the 5th of the month with yo

FFG BOD Meeting 7/20/2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on August 8, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Fireweed Fiber Guild Board of Directors Meeting July 20, 2019 Meeting called to order at 10 am with 5 members present. Treasurer???s report: Balance as of 7/20/19= $2,566.34 Old Business: There was a problem with a non-member taking tote bags to sell to non-members at large. Bags were sold at $15 each, but as of this date no monies have been turned over to the guild. It was agreed that non-members would be limited to only 5 bags if they want to sell them for us. New Business: Tote Bags: It was suggested, by Monti, that we have markers available at meetings and the FiberFest for decorating the bags by individuals. And Kathy suggested to have our guild business cards put in each bag. FiberFest: Booth assignments will be assigned by Monti. We will have a kid???s corner for activities for youth. A possible chalk footprint path leading out to the animals was discussed. Clarification of natural fiber required in finished product was talked about and it was decided to change the 75% to 50%. Next BOD meeting will be Oct 19, 2019 Meeting adjourned at 11:00am Submitted, Kathy Morey BOD secretary

Fiber Roving July 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on August 8, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving~~July 2019~~ Heat has been hard on me, I am just not use to it, and I have really seen it in the critters. The goats usually go through 30 gals of water a day, they are going through 60 gals of water! Luckily I have a hose to fill their tank in the summer. Everyone is seeking shade and any breeze that comes by, Sadie, one of my Pyrenees like to hide in the house. The old man Galen, seems OK finding shade outside. The geese seek shade under the trees and the goats move around the pen depending on where the sun is, they do have shade amongst the trees too. I find it hard to work outside for too long, then I go to the house for a cooling down, drinking lots of water, hope you are too. The drop to the 70s was nice after the 4th, but we are suppose to be up to the 80s for a few more days, so take care & stay cool! Our next meeting is July 20, 2019, same place and time, Soldotna Library at 11:00am to 1:00, bring your projects and join us. I have got a lot of processed cashmere right now. Some people think cashmere is hard to spin, its really not. So I will bring cashmere with me on the 20th, and if you would like to try this awesome fiber, bring your wheel and we can do a little sampling and teaching with cashmere. Please remember the FLOWERS, we made a commitment to make flowers to decorate the Boys and Girls Club garden. Kathy recommended we use acrylics since they would hold up longer in weather. You can take them to the B&G Club in Kenai or bring them to the next meeting on July 20th, a promise to a child should be kept, we all have scraps of yarn that would make great flowers! For those that were not at the last meeting, we do have our guild bags, 12.00 for members, 15.00 for non-members. The design is simple, matches our guild banner, it is black & white, but begs for some added color using fabric markers, which will make each unique to the owner.

Fireweed Guild Minutes June 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on July 7, 2019 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Fireweed Fiber Guild, 6/15/2019 Minutes~~~ Meeting was called to order at 11:00 with 14 members present. ~~ Old Business: Discussion of where monies for class registration for the Fireweed FiberFest should be sent. It was decided they should be sent to Nancy until further notice. Guild tote bags are in, and can be purchased for $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. New Business:~~ Cladette spoke of a dying workshop she attended at John Campbell Folk school. She is also, gathering up sponsors for the FiberFest. So far, J&H, Mountain Mamas, Artsy Junkin???. Introduction of new members: Yolanda, Abby, Debra, and Leslie. Kate Wathum was down from Fairbanks to pick up fiber to take back for processing. Meeting was adjourned at 11:30 After the meeting, Linda Price gave a demonstration on blending fiber.~~~ Submitted by. Kathy Morey BOD Secretary

Fiber Roving June 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on June 7, 2019 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving~~June 2019~~~I feel like I am buried in spring projects outside without enough time to get them done, but it is spring/summer in Alaska, always lots to do. The wonderful weather this past weekend kept me outside moving from one project to the next, but the list doesn???t seem to be getting any shorter! I did take the goats for a browsing walk-about. It was their first walk this year, and they got a bit crazy, trying to eat, explore, and just run about, a bit of spring fever and fun for them. Try ???walking??? 17 goats with some order, oh well, it was good exercise for them and me, and they got fresh spring greens. It is educational to watch what they pick to eat. Had a good meeting last month, I have included our secretary, Kathy M.???s minutes for your information. We did have a discussion on educational topics, Linda P. had volunteered to teach blending of fibers for spinning, She said she has an abundance of regular fiber, but would like some dyed or special fibers/accents to blend with the regular fibers to make a interesting finished product for spinning. It should be fun, so bring your interesting/unique bits and pieces to the meeting to add to the basics for some fun outcomes! And bring your own projects too. Our next meeting is June 15, at 11:00 at the Soldotna Library, third Saturday of the month, in the community room, first door on your right as you enter the library, lots of room, so come and join us. We also voted on the canvas totes for the Guild, decision was made, MaryAnn D. (BOD) is taking care of the order as directed by the members present. It will have our new guild logo on it, should be nice. Kathy also introduced a project we can do on our own and contribute to the community. The Boys and Girls Club needs flowers (crochet, knitted, felted or?) to decorate their community garden fence. Kathy recommended we use non-natural fiber since it will last longer out in the weather. Fun idea, bring your flowers to the next meeting and we can give them to Kathy to be delivered as a bunch of blooms! ???? Well, guess that is enough from me this month, see you on the 15th, Lee

Fireweed Guild Minutes May 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on May 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Fireweed Fiber Guild 5/18/2019 Minutes Meeting called to order at 11:15 with 10 members present. Old Business: Tote bags???Maryann presented prices and it was agreed by all to purchase the large bags at $6.15 per bag (cost of $307.50 for 50 bags). Bags will be available to members for $12 and non-members for $15. New Business: Kathy brought up an idea to work with the Boys and Girls Club to accent their community garden by crocheting, knitting or felting flower to donate for the children to decorate the fence at the garden. Flowers can be dropped off at the Club (ask for Ronie), or contact Kathy at 513-1731. Our next meeting will be on June 15th at the library and will be a demonstration/class on ???blending fiber???. Linda Price has offered to show us all the tricks and let us have a try. Possible class in July???felted soap. It was suggested that we all make our own nametags to wear at the meetings or whenever we gather. With so many new members, it will help keep track of who???s who. Meeting adjourned at 11:55

Fiber Roving May 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on May 14, 2019 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving~~May 2019~~ Well shearing is done for one more year. Everyone is running about looking bear-naked, and honestly kind of funny. All are dancing on newly trimmed hoofs, and have been de-bugged too. So happy, I hope, but its done. Could not do it without the whole fam-damily, as my father used to say. Elijah and Sarah did the shearing, Alexus caught the fleece and bagged it, Oliver and I did the hoofing, and Keegan was in charge of the gates, and helped us catch the goats. We set-up in a new area, and that helped. But now into spring/summer clean-up from the winter, raking, pickin up stuff that was buried under the snow, just the usual spring work, and add the animal mess! Our Next Meeting: May 18, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Soldotna Library, See you there!! But on to other Guild Business ???? Last month three members presented fiber for a preschool children???s group at the Kenai Public Library, MaryAnn, Lisa and Linda were the Guild member who presented. It is always good to be out in the community promoting our art, fiber, and it creates interest in the craft, the Guild, and our Festival, as well as the 4H Fiber Club, the Fuzzy Wuzzys. By the way, that name was created by the original members of the 4H Club, who are now all adults (wow). But there is another chapter to this presentation by our three members. We got a response on facebook, and it is worth sharing: Hello! My name is Belinda, and I teach second grade at Mountain View Elementary school. My students just completed a reading unit on the story, ???There???s a Goat in My Rug!??? And as a culminating activity, we made cardboard looms, and they got to weave their very own rug. I???ve heard wonderful thing about a presentation that ladies from your group gave on spinning and weaving at the kenai library. I???m really hoping that in the future (even if that means next year....) you might be willing to come to my classroom to present to my students. There are a couple other classes (2nd grade as well) that just completed the same unit, and I know that they would be highly interested as well. Thank you so much for your consideration and feel free to contact me via Facebook or my number is 252-2233." What a compliment to our presenters, and what a great opportunity for the Guild. With my work schedule, its hard for me to participate, but hopefully there will be additional volunteers to add to the efforts of the first team so that requests like these can be responded to. I am hoping the BOD can establish an Education & Outreach committee so that we can respond to any request and share what we know with others. This can build support for the Guild and 4H membership and helps us get positive support and participation for our Festival, a win/win situation for sure. Can a BOD member call Belinda?

Fireweed Guild Minutes

Posted by fireweedfiber on May 2, 2019 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Fireweed Fiber Guild Meeting 4/20/2019 Minutes Meeting was called to order at 11:00 with 9 members present. Old Business: More discussion on the purchasing of tote bags with Guild logo. These will be available for members to purchase, a price of $10 for members was advised. It was decided that dues will be due October 1, due to the high volume of new members who sign up at the FiberFest. FiberFest dates this year will be September 28th and 29th, Saturday and Sunday. Sunday was suggested as the best day for classes. New Business: It was discussed and decided that there should be a ???Finished Product??? display at the FiberFest. This would show the end product of working with wool and fiber. Show & Tell: Karen: Makes knitted bears with handspun yarn for sale at the Saturday market Nancy: Shared the children???s book she wrote Marilyn: Shared the socks she made from Jane???s yarn Marti: Shared felted soap balls, using her own handmade soap Kathy: Newest tapestry weaving Meeting was adjourned at 11:30 Respectfully submitted Kathy Morey BOD Secretary