Wednesday, 29 June 2016


The last two stops on my US trip are in Indiana and Alaska, but on the way to Indiana we stopped off to see some friends in Iowa - who just happened to have some Shetland sheep - just a peerie reminder of home. 

Bonnie ewes

Nice colours

We took a tour through their garden on our way to see the sheep.

On to Susan's in Indiana and a big class for dyeing, spinning and knitting, sadly I seemed to forget to take photos of the class, only got one of a load of wheels at lunch time - you can see it was a busy class...

I did remember to take photos of some of the fun times in the evening.

A few photos of the pool party.

One of the dogs who kept us company.

Then a browse round Susan's shop and a little more knitting before bedtime. It was such a great spot all of us to sit and knit or spin after supper. 

Then on to Cordova Alaska.........

The view from our cabin over Lake Eyak is stunning, even in the rain with cloud covering the mountains and the snow.

Just settling in and getting ready for the first class.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Knitting class at Vesterheim Museum

The second class at Vesterheim Museum is done, and we have had a day off, which we spent in the museum viewing not only the exhibits, but also some of the Akle in the store with Laurann. It was wonderful to see those. We did also stay in Java Johns coffee shop much longer than we planned, it was good coffee and we kept finding more friends to talk to.

So here are a few photos of the designs which our students created in the class. The yarn was Jamieson & Smith and the colors were dyed during our dye class at Vesterheim.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

US Tour

Almost half way through my US trip - it must be time to do a blog. The problem is that I have to find the time to do that, so I am up a little early this morning to get this done and posted. 

Most of this trip is working with my friend, Martha Owen, spinner, knitter, dyer, storyteller, banjo player and Resident Artist at the John C Campbell folk school where we started with 2 classes, dyeing, spinning and knitting.

Class results at John C Campbell Folk School. Yarn spun and knitted from fleece dyes in the class.

A garden.

Colours taken from a thunder storm.

Martha found a few dogs to play with on our day off between classes.

 Then on to the North House Folkschool for more dyeing, spinning and weaving.
Results of the dyeing class at Noth House Folk School.

Martha's spinning class at North House.

Heddles being knitted on the loom.

Heidi's weaving on the loom.

 ... and we are now at the Vesterheim Museum, just finished a dye class, and today we start a knitting class.
Some of the colour we dyed at the Vesterheim Museum.

 Hoping for a little cooler temperatures today and no thunder storms like last nights.