Thursday, February 10, 2005

Let it Snow

Alright, I know on Sunday when it was so nice I was suggesting that I wish spring would hurry up and get here, but today it is snowing like crazy -- big heavy clumps of snow -- and now I am thinking that I can wait a bit because this will let me go snowshoeing again. And it is pretty. The trees are coated and weighed down with snow and swaying gently in the wind.

I'm also quite pleased because the fates conspired to keep me home from work today -- snow, cancellation of the school where I was supposed to do an outreach program, and my car, alas, is in the shop again. So after intending to stay awake and read (after getting up at 6:30) and deciding not to go to work, I fell sleep for another two hours and woke up again at 9:00 because Laura had made an appointment for the cats (all four of them) to go to the vet and the roads were OK to just cross town. Mena, Twilly and Abbey were loaded into their crates for the ride while Asterix (because he is a dignified person) got to ride in the car sans-crate which he didn't necessarily enjoy, but handled himself well. Abbey was quite displeased with the whole affair. Everyone is well, though when it was Twilly's turn to be examined she thought it would be a fine idea to leap, claws fully extended, and grab hold of my neck to escape the prodding doctor. Ow.

So I got out my Kimono shawl and am about halfway through. OK, finally a picture (and yes, that is Abbey expertly camouflaged against the navy blanket in the background):

And I should probably mention (because this is supposed to be a fiber blog and it was fun) that yesterday I did two fiber arts homeschool programs at work. I had 9 kids in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. We read Charlie Needs a Cloak (these kids are at a much higher reading level, but it's a fun book!) We looked at and felt different types of fiber -- wool, alpaca, silk, angora rabbit, mohair, flax, cotton, qiviut, and golden retriever -- they really liked that part. Then we learned how to card on some wool that was regretably full of vegetable matter and with truly horrible old cards, but they did well. Then we did some spinning on hooks and CD drop spindles and played around on little wooden block looms to make bookmarks/bracelets, 2 tapestry looms and my 4-harness table loom. Oh, and I almost forgot the Kool-Aid dyeing! All the kids got very into what they were doing -- I have one kiddo in the program who has a form of autism and she sat right down to the spinning wheel and figured it out with such record speed and stayed so focused that by the end of the program her mom wanted to buy a spinning wheel because she was so impressed with the apparent theraputic benefit of spinning! Several of the other kids said it was their favorite program so far. It was definitely my favorite, too -- I can't wait for camp in February!

Saturday I am going down to Ipswich River to get trained to be a volunteer guide for their Sugaring Off tours in March. It will be great to see and work with them all again! It will also be good to learn more about maple sugaring so I can possibly tap the big old maples here at the house. In the fall we discovered that they stand in a straight line through the much younger surrounding woods and also found the collapsed remains of the old sugar shack where the farmers boiled (complete with an old sap bucket). It would be nice to start it up again on a smaller scale!


Blogger Alix Warden said...

I love the blanket!

2:10 PM  

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