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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

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?

Fiber Roving April 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on April 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving ~ April 2019~~~ Spring is here, the snow has almost completely melted, except in the heavily shaded places, my geese have been so happy with a wide variety of puddles to splash and play in. Had a visitor last night that upset them, their odd honking alerted me, it was late evening, and when I went to check on them an immature goshawk was sitting close to a new nest, I yelled, waved my arms, the dog barked and he was gone in a flash. They are laying and trying to determine where to try next. Always a bit of shifting before they settle on their final choice for their nest. No males, just four determined females. They each have individual personalities; I enjoy visiting with them and watching their antics. Next weekend we are shearing (family is helping again), hope it???s a bit drier, still muddy out in the paddock area. I did get my blades and cutters sent out and sharpened, so hopefully it will make for a smoother job for both the shearer and the goat. As we shear, we hoof, shear and de-louse all at once. This April 20th our meeting will be at the Soldotna Library again, same time 11:00. I look forward to this time together but will be in a two-day herbal class this month and will miss our gathering. But I am sure it will be fun, a good social time to share ideas, new discoveries, successes and challenges in our fiber endeavors. Maryann has confirmed our presence at the Kenai Library for the Preschool Story Time/Readers & Leaders on April 24th at 10:30. It is posted as special guests, the Fireweed Fiber Guild with MaryAnn Dyke, Lisa Lambert and Linda Price. They will demonstrate weaving & spinning. If anyone else wants to volunteer for this, please contact Maryann. This is a great educational event for us as a Guild, with preschoolers, the parents will be present too! Another piece of news, as some of you with large livestock know, Jerry Nybakken, our large animal veterinary has been sick for some time and will not be returning to his practice. A group of local large animal people have been working to find a large animal vet to serve the central peninsula area, Homer has a large animal vet, we do not. Dr Christine Marlowe and her family are willing to move to Alaska. On Saturday, May 4th, there will be a Meet and Greet from 10:00 to 2:00. This will be held at Ridgeway Farms at 5220 Strawberry Rd., Kenai, AK. They are asking you to Please Come By and meet Christine Marlowe. This event is hosted by Ridgeway Farms, Kenai Peninsula Backcountry Horsemen, Kenai Feed & Livestock Supply, G&S Construction and Apple Bus Company. Well, guess that is all my news this month. I walk around outside and see a lot of work to be done, clean up from winter wood piles, and stuff around the animal pens, and in their pens, and that isn???t even cleaning the manure from the barn. Oh, the fun of being a small farmer. I am sure you have all noticed and are enjoying the longer days! Living in Kasilof and working in Soldotna, I now must drive to Kenai to get to Soldotna. Sterling Hwy is completely closed at MP 106 to 107, for 1 week. So, all of us south of MP 107 can now double our travel to work and take KBeach to Kenai, and then to Soldotna. At least it is a very scenic road, and I can watch the mountains on the West Side of the Inlet. Have any of you noticed the blush of red on the birch trees? Happens just before they start budding out!! BIG smile time ???? Lee

Fiber Roving March 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on March 13, 2019 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)
James Adcox ‚?? Children‚??s Librarian, Kenai Community Library Well I need to get this out, so it‚??s a short newsletter, take care and I look forward to seeing you on the 16th!! Lee Buy/Sell/Trade If you would like to post something here, please let me know before the end of the month, thanks, Lee Hay for Sale ‚?? good local hay, pick up at the farm in Sterling or they will deliver. I have used this hay for a number of years and really like it, very nice people to deal with. Calvin Yoder 907-953-2303. 10.00 a bale at the farm, 11.00 per bale delivered.

Fiber Roving February 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on February 10, 2019 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving February 2019~~~~ It has been an interesting winter beginning with a wet and rainy Oct and Nov, then a wet snow that reminded me of midwestern winters, and then snow, snow and more snow. I love the white stuff, it is so refreshing after the dark, wet days of Oct/Nov. But the drastic changes have been hard on the critters. The woods are beautiful, the trees dressed in white, even the birch are holding handfuls of snow within their bare branches. This is still the quiet look inward time of winter. It is a time when many crafters are busy with whatever art form they peruse. Please remember that our community fair is coming up in August. This fair is ours, our community coming together, sharing what we have created, and socializing with each other. Last year the exhibit hall was pathetically empty. There were some stunningly beautiful things there, but the number of items present was very lean. The challenge to everyone, submit your efforts to the Fair! Let us share with each other all the great, creative efforts that are going on, on the Peninsula. Whatever art form you use, from fiber, quilts, wood, or pottery, share by exhibiting. Let us use the Fair to show who we are as artists. Encourage friends and neighbors and let the Fair be a showcase for who we are as residents of the Peninsula. The Fuzzy Wuzzy 4H Fiber Club (the original members picked the name) needs more members. The club has been going on for over 15 years with different leaders. Many members of the current group graduated from HS this year, and the current leader is willing to continue the group, and needs more members. She requested they be around 10, so they would have the coordination and strength to do the activities. Kristen can be reached at 394-2364 or 776-5476. Our current Board of Directors with new members; MaryAnn Dyke, Monti Hightower, Linda Albers, Lisa Lambert, Karen Porter, Kathy Morey, and Carol Sinenko. Officers are; Carol & Linda, co-presidents, Monti, treasurer, Kathy, secretary. They met quarterly, except for special committee meetings. The next quarterly meeting is April 20th, at 10:00am at the library, and is open to all members to attend. Our next meeting is coming up fast! With Feb beginning as it did, our third Saturday of the month is the 16th of the month. We will be at the Soldotna Library in the community room. Our start time will be at 11:00 am??? usual place and time ???? For your information; if you raise large livestock, you may know that Jerry N. health has been fragile for awhile. There is a group working in the area to bring in another large animal vet. There is some interest, nothing completely firm yet, but some promising direction on this. Jerry has done a wonderful job for us with his portable clinic, but his health has really been working against him. Some years ago, I had the pleasure to get to know Kathy Morey, she is now on the BOD. She has been that quiet influence in the background designing our web page and face book, and more importantly keeping them both updated and current. A huge THANK YOU to Kathy for all the work she has done and continues to do to keep us together as a Guild. Lee ???? PS both my Great Pyrenees are outside howling!? Interesting??????.

Fiber Roving Jan 2019

Posted by fireweedfiber on January 9, 2019 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving ~~~ January 2019~~~ Happy New Year to one and all! I recently heard a quote, ???A new year, 365 days of new opportunities!??? what a positive way to start a new year, full of opportunities, let us all find good ways to utilize these opportunities with fiber and how we live our lives! I packed away the last of the holiday decorations, it was a good holiday for me, I got to spend time with family and friends and that is the best way to celebrate any occasion for me. And so, a new year and a new season begins. In Alaska in the past, this was often called ???Cabin Fever??? season, several say it is the continued darkness, and it does have a powerful effect on some people, yet the days are already getting longer, and I hang on to that. It is a good time to touch base with others and let them hear from you, and break any isolation they might be feeling. We have been having a mild winter and that has changed. It has made me concerned for some of my aging herd. As the temperature dropped, I made sure they had fresh bedding, and increased their grain ration. As ruminates, they actually produce body heat by digesting the coarser hay, but due to the sharp change in weather, I felt the addition of more protein in the form of additional grain would support the hay ration. When it is a gradual deepening of cold, the animals produce more fiber for warmth. When it is a sudden change, 30s to 20s, and then down to below zero in a weeks time, that is a sharp change, especially when over half my herd are seniors. They are loving the extra grain, as non-dairy goats, they don???t need or get a daily grain ration. But I have increased it, and like children in a candy store they are saying thanks mom and can we have seconds!? Our monthly meeting will be Jan 19, 12:00 noon at the Soldotna Public Library. Martha Merry set this schedule up for us and we will be meeting there this winter. Pass the word on. Our new Board of Directors will be meeting prior to our meeting and electing officers for the new board, maybe they will have announcements to make on new officers? I will see you all in a few weeks, on Jan 19. Happy 2019, and watch for all the great opportunities in your life!! Lee ????

Fiber Roving Dec 2018

Posted by fireweedfiber on December 11, 2018 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving December 2018~~ Hello, it???s that time of the year when holiday traditions are very active, a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate each in their own way! Enjoy yourself!! I have good news for myself and a special reason to celebrate. As many of you know, I have been unable to drive for 6 months due to blacking out while driving. After over 5 months of much medical testing, we finally have the problem identified, and a solution. So on Dec 5th I had a pacemaker put in. The doctor said my heart is strong, but I have a short in the electrical part, like a spark plug not working or a wire loose. The pacemaker takes care of that and I am safe on the roads and elsewhere again. I am a free woman ??? oh happy day!! Today it really snowed, and it filled my heart with joy! The trees are dressed in white, the land looks clean and bright???.to say the least, I am very tried of rain. It also has been hard on the goats, water on top of ice, everything wet, it hasn???t been very cold, but cold enough that its hard on wet critters. Sheep can shed rain to a degree (lanolin), goats cannot, they just get wet, and don???t like it!! I don???t like being wet in 30 degree weather either. Maybe I empathize too much with my critters, but they have been looking miserable in the rain, and I have some older ladies in my herd. So, the snow was a reason to celebrate and smile at the beauty of something so simple as snow! For any of you that have not been to recent meetings, it was decided that we would NOT have a December meeting, since many members have other obligations in December. Once again, NO DECEMBER MEETING! At the November Meeting of the Guild, we had an election of Board of Directors. We had four members who decided to continue. These are Monti Hightower, Lisa Lambert, Karen Porter and Linda Price-Albers. Our new Board Members are; MaryAnn Dyke, Kathy Morey, and Carol Sinenko for a total of seven board members, a good number, and a good mix. Their first meeting will be in Jan at which time officers will be elected. Their quarterly meetings will be one hour prior to our regular meetings at the library in one of the smaller conference rooms there. Happy Holidays to All!! Lee ????

Fiber Roving October 2018

Posted by fireweedfiber on October 14, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving Oct 2018 First, I would like to apologize! The weekend right after the Festival, we began our two weekend Volunteer Training for Hospice, so I have been working six days a week instead of four. I am late getting this out, sorry! We need to start by extending a huge congratulations to Nancy Field and all the Guild Members that worked so hard to make this the best festival we have had. The location worked very well, and the location made us much more accessible to the general public. The venders were very happy with the outcome too. All and all it was great! Can we make improvements, of course, that is always the case with any event. Yet, this was wonderful, the attendance was excellent, lots of conversations, lots of sales, and many first time fiber folks learning and enjoying the opportunities offered at the festival, what more could you ask? Good Job One and All! We are back on our winter schedule and our next meeting will be at the Soldotna Library. The 3rd Saturday of the month is October 20. We are starting at 11:00, food to share is welcome, and we have the space until 1:00. Bring your current portable fiber project with you and enjoy a relaxed time to socialize together. It has been two years since we elected our first board of directors. Some of these members have said they are ready to move on and allow others to take the job. We do have by-laws, a mission statement and some goals, something both old and new board members can use. So think about it folks, if you are interested in supporting the Guild, and being a board member, PLEASE let a board member know you are interested or let me know. We will be voting in November, we need to have names before then! Also as a 501c3, non-profit, we need to track our meetings and keep records, so we do need a functioning board. The by-laws say you only have to meet quarterly and that is very do-able. Think about it folks, others have been doing it for awhile, it might be your fun turn now. See you on the 20th, Lee Networking/Trades/Sales/Etc. 1. For Sale: Louet Victoria S95 spinning wheel with double treadle for sale. Made of beech wood. Excellent travel wheel; it folds down and only weighs 8 lbs. Nearly new condition. Comes with 3 bobbins, a lazy kate (for plying), and the original box. Made in the Holland. Retails for $800 plus shipping. Asking $700 obo. If you are interested, please call Jean Marie at 262-5769 or check out the ad on Craigslist.org. 2. Alaska Spinoff starts 12am Nov 9th and ends 12pm Nov 13th. Basically just a friendly competition to challenge ourselves to spin spin and spin. I am hoping these dates will be good dates falling on weekend and veterans day to have time off from work for most of us. The end of the spinoff send your total yardage of 2ply yarn to Hannah (email address will be in the reminder email as it gets closer)she will then see who won. The winner gets bragging rights til the next spinoff haha. Let's show off our yarns at the November meeting. Feel free to contact Karen Porter Email [email protected] or 907-953-0395 (text or call). 3. AFAR Retreat, still has some room left??????. SNEEK PEEK: What???s planned for the 30th Anniversary? It???s a Natural Dyeing extravaganza! You are welcome to bring your own silk or wool fabric, yarn and roving for dyeing; also thoroughly washed fleece and mohair are welcome. (partially washed contaminates the vats and doesn???t dye well). As always, our wonderful vendors will have a wide selection of dyed and undyed options available for purchase, so don???t worry if you don???t have something to bring ??? you can still participate! Remember: our challenge this retreat is a costume made by you! No rules about materials or construction and there???s still time to construct something that showcases your creativity, sense of humor and/or skills. So be sure to join us in the gym after Saturday???s potluck dinner. It???s a great time to bring everyone together for a shared retreat experience. Retreat dates: 10:00 a.m. Friday, 10/26/18 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, 10/28/18 Sharon Hein/Retreat Diva/Email before retreat [email protected]

September 2018 Newsletter

Posted by fireweedfiber on September 13, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving Sept. 2018~~ Hello, it has been an odd summer for me and has quickly become fall, with seeds flying and leaves beginning to turn. Some areas have already had light frost, the big cold is coming, and I feel an urgency to get all in-order for winter. One blessing of the fall and these clear cool nights has been the beautiful light of the moon and the stars to brighten the night skies. Each season has its beauty and that is something we can all celebrate. We have much business to cover, our big event is on September 29 and 30 at the Sports Arena. This is a new venue for us, it is closer to the main population areas, so will hopefully be good for attendance. This benefits all aspect of fiber and is a great educational opportunity on many levels. Very important, we need raffle items for the festival. The raffle of these items helps us pay for the cost of the festival. Your donation should be a quality, finished item or a unique, quality skein of yarn. We will raffle them off at the Festival only, your donation is greatly appreciated and will help to support the Festival and keep it going. Your business card can be attached to the item, so it also promotes you. These next two items were passed on by Kathy who handles the web page and face-book for the Guild. We have been contacted by the Homer Folk School, they are looking for instructors. The contact person is Jen and her contact info: [email protected], or 907-299-9117. A second contact was Brenda, she has years of dog hair that she would love made into a scarf as a keepsake of her beloved pet. Please contact her at 907-394-1250 or [email protected]oo.com. The leaders of the 4H Fuzzy Wuzzy Fiber Club are looking for new members age 10 yrs and up. Many of their current members are graduating and they are hoping for new members to join them. ¨Kiresten and Matthea can be reached at:776-5476 or 2364. Please remember to talk the Festival up to friends, family and neighbors! Word of mouth is the best way to get people interested. If you have a donation for Festival, please contact Nancy at 262-4440, it???s her work number, so leave a message and let her know what you are donating and get it to her office before the Festival, or bring to the Festival, as long as we know it???s coming, Thanks!! See you in Sept at the Festival!! Since we have this important event in Sept, we will not have our next regular meeting until Oct???all our focus now is the Festival. If you are not volunteering, teaching, or a being vendor, still come by, visit with your fellow fiber artists, sit in the spinner???s circle or just hang out. This is our gathering for the year, come and be part of it, it???s also a great chance to be inspired! Lee PS I still can not drive, is there anyone in Kasilof, that is going to the festival both days, that could give me a ride? Thanks???394-6146

Fiber Roving July 2018

Posted by fireweedfiber on July 9, 2018 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

July 2018



I’ve been setting on the deck in the BEAUTIFUL sunshine trying to type this, and can’t do it, too much glare on the screen, and if I go in the shade, I can’t hear the radio, which is playing Celtic music….ah! The goats are soaking up the warmth of the sun, as are the geese, who have left their nests. The dogs seek shade, and the cat the sun, oh a peaceful summer day in Alaska. I hope this blessed sun is warming your heart and spirit as well as your body….it has touched me too.

ATTENTION! There is a date change for the July meeting, due to our dye teacher’s availability. Our next meeting will July 28 starting at 11:00 am and going till we are done. It will be held at Lee’s place in Kasilof, it’s off No. Cohoe Loop a few miles, directions will follow. There is down-time so bring your portable projects, and munchies to share, I’ll have the tea pot on, and the water is good.

Marilyn, our teacher, has sent a long paper of information, so I am attaching it separately with the newsletter.

This class is open to ALL levels of dyers, come and watch, come and do, this is open to all people, from the “I know nothing about dying!” or “I have some skills” or “I love dying and it will be fun to do it with the group”………wherever you are with dying, please join us on the 28th and lets have some fun!

Marilyn refers to wool yarn, that means any natural animal fiber yarn, (alpaca, llama, angora, mohair etc.). If you buy store wool yarn, white of course. Don’t get the ‘easy wash’ type of wool, we found it doesn’t dye well,

If you have a crock pot that you do not use anymore, we could use it as a dye pot, and then it would have to be a forever dye pot. If you have a counter top elec. burner/heater we could use that also as a place to have a dye pot. My stove has the standard 4 burners, and that limits us to the number of dye pots we can have going, unless we have other counter top “cookers”. ��

OK – Directions: Lee’s – Go south on the Sterling Hwy to MP 111, or No Cohoe Loop. Go approx. 2 miles on No Cohoe, you will be able to see a brown state sign on right, as you get closer it reads Crooked Creek Recreation Area, just past that is a blue camper sign, then a green street sign for Rilinda, turn right on Rilinda. The first street sign is for Lowell Loop. Do NOT turn there. Continue on Rilinda, turn right on at the second Lowell Loop. I am the 3rd driveway on the left. It is 23362 Lowell Loop. Good state and borough roads all the way in, and driveway is short and flat. As you come to my driveway you will see a large silver Quonset hut just past my driveway, if you go past the Quonset hut, you missed me! For emergency directions, call me 394-6146. ��