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Words from the Wool Witch

  • Beginning of Spring - Back of the Pantry

    These past few weeks our meals and my dyepots have had a similar theme - welcome spring! And welcome to the back of the pantry!
  • On the road with a new travel wheel!

    I headed back out to the coast with a new wheel in tow.  I recorded a video of putting it together for the first time.
  • Yarn Scholarship & KAL Countdown!

    A generous donor has offered a yarn scholarship for the upcoming KAL!  Want to join but need Montana yarns to knit with? Read on for the details.
  • Montana Fibershed Knit-A-Long!

    You are here-by cordially invited to join me for a Knit-A-Long!  I’m hosting a zoom “Winter Mitt Knit” KAL with the Montana Fibershed.
  • New Year, New Plans, & the last finish of 2021

    These past few have definitely not been what anyone expected.  I’m looking forward to 2022 with the same things I plan out for myself every year - more knits, the learning of new things, and lots more time spent wandering the woods for dye plants and with my hands in the wool.  A wrap up of my visit to the coast, My Mama, and my final finish of 2021!
  • Remember Iceland - A Yuletide Toddy Recipe

    A hot-toddy recipe to help warm you through the winter nights.  This is a staple in our household, complete with sentimental backstory.
  • Gratitude & Process, a seasonal reflection

    The long and short of it is that I've found myself more supported than I expected to be. Self confidence in putting my work out into the world as purchasable items isn't something I have a lot of. I come up against this strange conundrum where I both do and don't want money for my work. As if getting paid somehow spoils my ideals or something ridiculous like that.
  • Mini-Mittens - A Yule Gift Pattern

    Hello to all of you, blog readers, email list subscribers, fellow natural wool and natural dyeing enthusiasts! What a very strange year this has been. No need for details there, suffice to say its been rough. And yet when my spouse creature and I found ourselves jumping into working as artists as regular work fell out from under us at the beginning of lock down you all were there to help. I can’t begin to express my gratitude, every comment on social media, every skein of yarn or knit good sent out to one of you, has kept our little woodland household going.
  • Spooky Socktober Pattern Recommendation

    We're definitely in the waning time of year again. Here up in Northwestern Montana there's been a cold snap that's left us with a good layer of snow and temperatures down in the single digits. Brr! With the early onset of winter I've been appreciating my woolen wardrobe all the more, the socks in particular are key to my coziness when the weather turns.
  • I bet you could spin...

    Spinning in public will always draw a bit of a crowd, while I feel like our numbers are pretty strong it's still not a common art. There are two common comments I get that are both cute, and annoying at once. "Look! She's weaving!" - opps! Wrong craft and tool folks! - and mostly from men - "Look at that! I bet you could make yarn from your dog!
  • From Back Yard to Dye Pots

    Our little cottage is right in the woods outside of Eureka Montana. When it comes to abundant and available dyestuff, Fir cones are at the top of the list. While our forest is a mixed mostly conifer forest, at our altitude sub-alpine fir reign supreme ( there are also the occasional lodgepole, tamarack, ponderosa, and cedar - my Dad was a dendrophile - what can I say? It rubbed off on me.) Each of these different species attract and interact with different lichens and fungi in beautiful symbiotic relationships - but that's a story for another blog.
  • Spinning through Covid & an introduction to Alfred

    Well. What is there really to say about it? The world has changed so much with the onset of the global pandemic, and not. I watch the news and grieve for the number of lives lost when I can. I play with the dogs and wander the woods when I cannot. This work that I do has been a calming and reliable anchor in these difficult times. To that end, I have been up to quite a bit of it, and I thought I'd try sharing one of my current projects.