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!
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.