I’m still en route to Alaska. We’ve stopped in Wisconsin to visit family and we’re spending a week at our family’s cottage in northern Wisconsin. We’ve had a wonderful convergence of family members–my brother and his family, and his wife Sara’s parents, my parents, my Aunt Carole, Uncle Jack and cousin Johanna.

If you’ve read the blog for a long time, you’ll remember Johanna. She was my intern in 2006 when she was completing her degree in textile design. Since then, she has been working in costume design and haberdashery primarily for the Kansas City opera, but has also had stints with the Rockettes and she recently co-designed a line of swimwear that debuted in a Kansas City fashion show.

Aunt Carole is an artist and former elementary art teacher. She also contributed an essay on color theory to my book The Color Book of Felted Crochet.

Yesterday afternoon, while much of our crowd was having cocktails on the screened in porch, Carole and Johanna decided to take advantage of the great light and do some painting. They invited Selma and me to join them, and while Selma worked on some watercolors, I wasn’t feeling like painting so I gave my new Goldings spindle a spin and tried out the Buffalo Gold fiber I picked up at TNNA. The fiber has a very short staple, so it was a little tricky to spin, it’s so soft, it’s worth the trouble. The spindle is one I ordered after a phone conversation with Mr. Golding himself where he answered lots of newbie spindle questions for me. It worked like a dream.

After a bit of spinning, I did a little drawing which made me feel like I need a bit of a refresher art course. Maybe I’ll find one in Alaska!

Art in the afternoon

10 thoughts on “Art in the afternoon

  • July 18, 2008 at 11:19 am
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    Oh, what a wonderful time! I spent my first 15 years in Wisconsin. My parents had a cottage in the North Woods that we would spend time at throughout the year. Thank you so much for the beautiful memories. 🙂

  • July 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm
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    Hello fellow V! If you’re passing through the NW (PDX), feel free to stop for a rest (layover) and home cooked meal! PS: Apologies for the public invite, my computer crashed and alas some emails have not revived!!

  • July 19, 2008 at 11:39 pm
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    Whoa – that was quick. We’re back in Denver. Love, Uncle Jack

  • July 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm
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    Whoa – that was quick. We’re back in Denver. Love, Uncle Jack

  • July 20, 2008 at 12:52 am
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    Those who create together are knitted together. Aunt Carole

  • July 19, 2008 at 5:52 pm
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    Those who create together are knitted together. Aunt Carole

  • July 26, 2008 at 5:25 am
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    so the whole family is crafty. Cool 😀

  • July 25, 2008 at 10:25 pm
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    so the whole family is crafty. Cool 😀

  • August 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm
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    How cool!! My granparents have a cabin up there too, about 10 miles east of Spooner. I read your post about Cable, and isn’t it a great, extremely cool place?? We have friends that live up in Cable and own a rustic furniture place. Have fun!!

    Chelsea
    aka CrochetCollection on Ravelry

  • August 6, 2008 at 8:20 am
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    How cool!! My granparents have a cabin up there too, about 10 miles east of Spooner. I read your post about Cable, and isn’t it a great, extremely cool place?? We have friends that live up in Cable and own a rustic furniture place. Have fun!!

    Chelsea
    aka CrochetCollection on Ravelry

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