July 23, 2017 Jonya Pacey

Last time I posted, I shared I was starting some solar dyeing experiments with Queen Anne’s Lace. And as you can see from the image here, I did get a nice yellow. This was one week of wool sitting in a glass jar with the blossoms and water. Pretty, right? Unfortunately, it stank even worse than I thought it would. All that lovely anaerobic rotting in the sun roiled out of the jar when I was checking it yesterday. My cat, Sam, startled and ran away. I put the lid back on very quickly, reluctant to work with the wool…

July 16, 2017 Jonya Pacey 1Comment

  I sparked a very concerned conversation on Facebook when I mentioned I was ditch-diving for Queen Anne’s Lace. Its cousins, Wild Parsnip and Poison Hemlock, are also out there and dangerous. Great to see people care! So after verifying my research, I took off well after the dew had dried to harvest some of the lacy blossoms. Amid birds scolding me for invading their space, I quickly harvested about 6 ounces of blossoms, and a handful of mixed wild flowers for my table. Sam immediately had to check those out…she’ll probably drag them out of the vase when I’m not…

January 5, 2016 Jonya Pacey

I’m sure it was just a matter of time before I came down with the sniffles – I’m surrounded by people who are getting through and over the winter cold. It’s almost nine at night and I’ve been pretty much on task all day (other than meals. I read during meals which is wonderfully recharging for me).  So this is NOT going to be a very long nor very good post for the day. It’s OK for this website. This is my vanity blog, my website for whining and crowing and just sharing things. Like this picture of my cat. Meet…

December 31, 2015 Jonya Pacey

I buy most of my clothes from thrift stores or from companies that adhere to responsibility standards for their workers and for the environment. Like Timberland. I’ll buy their shoes without hesitation. Plus I comb racks at Savers and Goodwill, looking for gently-used pieces to add to my closet. I started this practice shortly after the 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh. I promised myself to lessen my contribution to the profitability of this type of exploitation and so far, so good. The searching out is fun, too. Like a little treasure hunt. Anyway, these jeans…they are in like-new…

September 22, 2015 Jonya Pacey

I got on the darn thing and rode up and down those six blocks again this evening. My knees were complaining so I only did that once – then picked up all the walnuts and ran around cleaning. I’m grateful for being able to do that. Rochester Fiber has three new listings completed this evening and I’ve got notes for another page that I should be creating this evening, one outlining additional services. But instead I think I’m going to finish a book!

December 2, 2014 Jonya Pacey 1Comment

Wow, that’s confusing. I’ve got a new Pinterest profile and I intend to use the darn thing to find and share interesting fiber-related websites. And I’m thinking I should find and follow some of my favorite people but wow! that was hard. Or maybe I’m just tired. Or it is the episode of Castle I’m trying to follow? Or maybe it was just overly confusing over there on Pinterest. Anyway, my new profile is http://www.pinterest.com/RochesterFiber/ and if I’ve followed you before, I want to follow you again. And maybe I should have been following you all along. Especially if you…

October 10, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Wool, angora, alpaca, spinning yarn, weaving, knitting,crocheting…. The list goes on and on. I know enough about knitting and crochet to be dangerous, as they say. I love weaving and need to do more of it, I spin wool (so much wool yarn! What to do with it all?) and I’ve been known to set up dye pots on a whim and simmer well into the night. Most importantly, I so enjoy being with people who also love the fiber arts that I want to spend huge chunks of my life supporting other people’s enthusiasm. I like seeing people who…

October 2, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Next week is A Monster of a Spinning Week! Presented and organized by The National Needlearts Association, Spinzilla challenges hundreds of spinners to compete in teams for prizes and recognition. All funds raised by our entry fees go to education, so I get to feel good there, and there are some awesome sponsors helping to make this happen. It’s become an important event in the world of fiber arts and I’m glad to be part of a team. My team captains are Lisa Ramsey and Lisa Hanesworth, owners of The Angora Girls Fiber Arts shop in Winona, Minnesota. I caught…

June 19, 2014 Jonya Pacey

I stopped in at the Zombie Knitpocalypse to see if there would be room to spin, and there is loads of room. Even room to comb if I’m careful! And of course before I got out of there, I’d convinced myself that one of these lovely people offering to teach me could manage to do so! That’s where I will be for the next three days. It’s a retreat so we are retreating to our fibery crafts and only coming out to shop and party on Thursdays on First. There was a woman who does not have a FaceBook account…

May 19, 2014 Jonya Pacey

Just a quick update about my fabulous weekend. On Saturday, I went to Shepherd’s Harvest with Ricky and Brenda Burnett. I’m using their full names as they are working on the necessary steps to becoming a farming business, which automatically moves them into the ‘keep an eye on these kids!’ category. As soon as they have a business name, website, FaceBook or whatever, we will be talking about them here on this little website of mine. I like promoting my friends’ efforts, even if they aren’t my friends yet. Which brings me to these two lovely ladies.   The Angora…