Zombie Suppression System

Shannon hung this shadow box tonight. Sweet, right? Van can stand up, grab an ax, and put a zombie right down. Plus the wood is awesome. Pine but I think it looks like maple..bird eye maple?


Axes are held into place by powerful magnets, really cool.

New Table!

I’m hoping to use it as a standing desk for my computer station, take some stress off my back. I drove up to the Cities to get it from the talented Heather Rosenwald of Northbound Wool Goods, and had a nice chat about wool and up cycling. Now getting a coffee and back on the road shortly.


Everything coming up roses!

Just a quick update post before I tear into homework for the day. All is well and so rather unnerving. Meh. If that shoe drops, I’ll roll out from underneath it.

The new position at the Rochester Public Library is going well. I’ll be working at the Customer Service desk that you see as you walk into the library, mostly evenings and weekends, I think. That’s not a big issue at the moment as I really need to be scheduled to train with a number of different people and not go into brain-overload. I reached at point today going over the circulation system but that’s probably my own fault. I kept thinking of scenarios and discussing them because I was very interested in understanding local policy and because Kim was very willing to do so.

I’m also working on the new services platform at Rochester Fiber Link, building the contact lists to help people find fibery goodness. I want that ready to roll out on the 22nd when I’m at the Pine Island Holiday Expo. That week is also the week of Rochester’s Global Entrepreneur Week events – if you check out the link, you’ll find a week’s worth of useful and interesting presentations around Rochester. The one I’m involved with is on the 20th, noon.

And there is always homework, which I should be getting back to doing. I’m enjoying the learning but here is yet one more thing eating up the hours.

Getting ready for Spinzilla

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 them off-guard with my phone on Monday when I was out there picking up fiber for next week. They have an adorable shop with space for dyeing, group spinning, and lots of touchable fibers. Just outside the door, a dye garden is being created and steps away is a backwater stretch of the Mississippi. Check out the website for shop hours and special events they will be attending.shop2

I bought several braids, thinking that having lovely fiber will help motivate me to spin more. It should be enough that I can then make something pretty with it. AND I’m also going to spin up all the bits and batts of fiber I have stashed around and get everything tidied into yarn and string. Useful formatting.

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Oh! Back to Spinzilla…. ‘The Lisas’ have arranged several fun events next week and I’m free to take part in what I want or can. I know I’ll be at the Tuesday fiber retreat and at the Spinzilla Vs Godzilla final timing count-down on Saturday. I wish I could be at some of the public demos but I’d probably do better to stay in Oronoco and spin here, right? I am looking forward to meeting my teammates via the web, sure, but I also enjoy meeting people in person. They are planning to do some fun demo spinning around the area, as you can see in the link above. Maybe I’ll just have to host some local spinning opportunities here, maybe?

I’m taking part in this for several reasons

Firstly, I think it’s going to be lots of fun, challenging, and a positive time. I love being part of a fiber-based activity like this one. Additionally, I need something that I love doing and with the winter coming up, I think I’ll have less opportunity to get out in the garden. Yeah…Not much into cultivating snowdrops and iceberg lettuce here. Just not that kinda gal, I guess!

Spinning and dyeing gives me activities that are often done alone, something I’m craving lately, but that can be loads of fun with other people as well. Like when I went to the Zombie Knitpocalypse earlier in the year; I wasn’t able to get to all three days but I certainly enjoyed what I attended. And crazy! It’s inspired me to start knitting. All the lovely projects I’ve seen over the years, and suddenly I want to get better at this skill. Good thing! The goal for Spinzilla is 5000 yards. Wowsers.

I’m also working on a new website

I love hanging out with fiber-people. The spinners, the sheep-angora-alpaca farmers, the knitters and crocheters, and the weavers. The dyers. So in between everything else, I’m working on a new website whose purpose is to help all these people find their customers. Well. Reverse that, to help their customers find them. I’m good at social media marketing, and I’ve decided to use my skills at something I love.

Back to the homework for me. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you online!





Today I made a bended thing

Ricky at forge


I got the forge, my forge, up and running today at Squash Blossom Farm’s Cow Puja event. Richard Burnett taught me how to start the fire, how to manage the heat, how to set up your tools so they were handy. In the picture above, he is working on a piece he heated in his own forge, behind him there, with a young helper manning the air. I worked at keeping a fire hot, learning how to manage my tools and how to drive from the shoulder; I’m not pounding a nail, after all.

I had a great time. I got a rod cut in half, more or less, and then learned to make the round into square, and then into flat, and then I bended it. About that time I had to run to the shop for my shift and then there was the blessing ceremony and then I was pretty much done with it; I restarted the fire for the experience but mostly I was done pounding for today. Too many people to talk to, you know?

Here is LaFonda, the gentle milking cow from the farm. There are two others on the farm but none quite as pretty as herself.


Time for a shower and another glass of wine! Van went to pick up chicken, too, so a good evening ahead.



Beautiful day to check out glaves..and other pointy things


Headache most of the day as the weather fronts have ground against each other. Or I have a bug. I took a five hour nap and could do it again although I guess that would be called ‘going to bed for the night.’


However, before the nap Van and I went over to the Castlerock Arms and Armor Museum in Alma, WI. Amazing collection of authentic edged weaponry for an artists’ town along the Mississippi River. I really enjoyed visiting with the docents as well. We also visited The Weaving Studio, Tansy’s on Main, and the Danzinger Vineyard….and no, the last is NOT why my head hurts. I had that heading over, lol…we did bring some home, though, to share with friends.


The people working at the Armor Museum suggested that if anyone wanted to geek over old weaponry with the curator, to get in touch the the museum’s director to arrange that. I guess the curator, like a lot of us, is always up for a good conversation about sharp pointy things. I don’t know him and have no idea if it would be a good time or not, but the potential is there.