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Steve sent a nice note asking about what I am up to, so I thought I would share an update with all of you, too.

The reason there haven’t been any posts lately is that I’ve been too chicken to go out because of the covid thing. I’m at a little higher risk than the average person, and I worry about the travel and stops for gas. I guess maybe this is one time it doesn’t pay to be special (insert smilely face). 

Also, I’ve been in the process of moving to Milwaukee in anticipation of my retirement on July 1. I was planning on lots of overnight fishing trips from there, both in Wisconsin and in Michigan (I’ll live about two miles from the ferry). The logistics of overnights are more complicated in the time of corona, too. We’ll see how things settle out, I should be back out there by the end of summer.  

Meanwhile, we’re enjoying our new place in Milwaukee, the photo above is from some bluffs over Lake Michigan just a few miles away.

Good wishes and tight lines! - Dan

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Y'all, I am freaking ecstatic, this is ONE of TWO feed bags full of freshly shorn sheep’s wool my buddy brought by after I offhandedly mention I want to learn to spin my own wool and he mentioned sometimes farmers who only have one or two sheep won’t bother processing the wool because it’s too much labour for so little profit on a commercial scale and I told him to never let anyone throw away a bag of wool and now I have 2 bags full ^-^ don’t think I’m not over here singing baa baa black sheep praying someone has black wool they don’t want… muahahaha

I totally spent a couple hours pulling out the larger vegetation, burrs and straw, as well as larger bits of feces from the first bag and cannot wait to pour out the next bag and get the processing started!!

Now I gotta go buy dog brushes so I can card the wool after we wash it. We are also going to attempt to harvest some lanolin.

Watched a ton of videos on this whole process and can’t wait to try it out.

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So I’ve been practicing spinning lately, working on sewing a patchwork crafts bag out of pretty scrap fabrics, made yards of lucet, made myself a wrist distaff, ordered crochet hooks (never done crochet before), and its taking all of my strength not to look into weaving because gods dammit I have enough I’m working on right now xD I’ve still got 2 nalbinding projects in the pipeline already as well.

Also been cleaning like mad to make space to pick work back up on some of my larger sewing project ideas. 

I have a niddy noddy, big distaff, nostpinne, yarn and fiber on the way to my house (most of this was gifts) along with the crochet hooks. A big part of my cleaning is reorganizing my workspace to make it more usable while still being toddler-safe.

On top of my SCA projects and a couple personal projects (I’m dying to make a skirt using this adorable butterfly fabric I scored at a thrift shop), I want to also move more towards making my own clothing in general. If I don’t count maternity wear or bras, its been at least 3 years since I’ve bought never-worn clothing and I kind of want to go further down the sustainable clothing rabbit hole. Also its much harder to pull off the specific swampy/foresty witch vibe I love with thrifting xD But throw a couple crochet shawls/shrugs in there over some linen skirts? Bam. Mission accomplished.

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I was thinking of learning how to hand spin, but there are so many types of spindles, I just don’t know what to do.

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I’ve been spinning from this one chonk of wool for fucking ever at various lengths, weights, etc because I intend to do a weaving with it, but like … I am so sick of the color blue.

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