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I just cut a woven project off the loom — hurray!  There’s hasn’t been too much weaving around here lately, what with dyeing yarn and knitting, so it feels good to have gotten some weaving done.

This is 30 mug rugs, which my weaving guild will be giving to the organizers of the 2011 ANWG Conference,  Exploring Fiber Horizons,  to put into attendees’ goodie bags. We’ve committed to giving 100, and may exceed that.  Yay us!  I’ll take them to our next meeting and they’ll get distributed to other members who will hem them.  The final product will look something like this.

It’s been fun to have an easy project like this for non-weaving members of our group to try their hand at.  We’re happy to put new weavers on the slippery slope of new skills!

I’ve now passed my 4th blogiversary — Happy Blog Day!  This prompts a bit of looking back at what I was doing that first month of blogging.  In some ways, things are much the same.

I still love and wear my handspun alpaca mitts.

I still love and make the NYT No-Knead bread.  This post, by way, is my most-viewed post. Lotta bread lovers out there.

I’m still spinning and dyeing.  Spinning much better now, thanks to a couple of classes with the  justly-revered Judith MacKenzie.

The dyeing has turned into a business, with actual profits!  Not huge, not a living wage, but it’s a self-sustaining hobby that pays for cool equipment and classes, lets me meet great folks, and play with color as much as I want.  I’m currently winding off yarn for a commission for Syne Mitchell, who will make it available to her students when she teaches a rigid-heddle weaving class  at the John C. Campbell Folk School. (The blurry look of the winder and swift in motion in this photo is my attempt at an arty action shot.)

But, although we’ve had our share of wintery weather, there haven’t been any more visits from the river otters.

What’s different? Mostly the kids, who don’t show up here too much. My son Erik has graduated college and is navigating the chilly job market while also doing some free-lance writing.  Fingers crossed for two projects being printed and available to the public this year (I’ll keep you posted). He’s also part of the writing team on The Mongoliad, a cool on-line serial novel.  My daughter Alex continues her studies at Savannah College of Art and Design. She’s a Dramatic Writing major, which means scripts, although her writing teacher this quarter is fine with her working on a novel.  These kids, they think one make a living  writing! Fools . . .