The lichens continue to ferment on the kitchen counter in their half-gallon canning jars. Each time I wander into the room or wait for the coffee to brew or the toast to brown, I lift off the lids for a little bit, close the jars again, and give them a good mariachi/martini shake. There are six jars: three Evernia prunastri, one Usnea hirta, and two Parmelia sulcata. The E. prunastri that I started on June 6th is already showing lots of red; the others, some started as recently as three days ago, are dark brown-to-reddish shades.
My windfall (literally) lichen haul has not been used up yet--I might have to go buy some more jars....
Fair Isle Design Workshop
There are two openings in the 3-day workshop I'm teaching next weekend, being held in Preston, Washington (near Seattle). Sheila posted a some picture of the venue (here). If you have found yourself free of obligations June 27th-29th, come join us.
It is a joy to check the mailbox every day as the squares arrive! They are beautiful. I didn't manage to include all of them in this shot--trust me, this will be lovely.
Black Sheep Gathering
I'm off to the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon! My sister Tori and Ryan are joining me for the weekend there--by carpooling and sharing a room and buying our food at the nearby grocery store, I figure that I will have saved enough money--at least $3000, right?--to buy some fleeces for the Fair Isle from Scratch project! I'm also hoping to find some Cormo and Finn and CVM and and and.....
Road knitting--handspun, hand-dyed lace yarn
I'm signed up for two classes: Popular Wheel Mechanics (I am so hoping that this time the discussions of ratios will stick to at least one of my brain cells) and To Spin a Fine Thread. Judith MacKenzie McCuin is teaching both of these, so I expect to learn a lot.