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celebrating six years

September 28, 2016

this is post number 890

I didn’t know anything about blogging 6 years ago

the most rewarding part is meeting new people with new or different ideas

some of them become friends – thank you

 taken hundreds of photos

woven yards and yards

spun even more yards of silk, flax, hemp, wool and paper

learned a little more about computers

and yes, even wasted quite a few hours

here is what is on the loom now

p1100592the hanten collar/band

handspun 2 ply silk warp and the same mohair weft

threaded in my old favorite, Dornik twill

p1100590slowly spinning muga silk on my tiny – 11 grams –  Kuchulu Turkish spindle

from Jenkins Woodworking

p1100595a fine singles

but mostly still working in the garden

take a stroll through a beautiful garden in Japan

p1080683the top of the fence post – braided rope

p1080698bridges across ponds and streams

p1080714the restaurant where we had a fantastic, multi-course lunch

p1080705served in antique ceramics and glassware



p1080694and of course, koi

they are so big – guess they don’t have to fight the raccoons

p1080726lanterns to light your way

p1080722and a colourful banner

p1080689a large, well maintained garden

serene and peaceful

18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2016 9:29 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Jean! I love seeing what you’re creating and reading about your processes and adventures. Here’s to many more!


    • October 1, 2016 10:43 pm

      Louisa – thank you, I’m enjoying following you on your travels, you’ve certainly covered some miles. Soon be home and back to your old creatings, time to settle down with the knitting by the fire.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    September 29, 2016 12:19 pm

    i am so glad you are in the blogosphere, jean, and can’t wait to meet you next summer! you are an inspiration!


    • September 29, 2016 12:48 pm

      Velma – thank you, conference preparations are getting more intense, one of the few things that is keeping me going is the thought of meeting you in person. I get excited just thinking about it – and you will meet Bryan too! Check the conference website – the interviews with both of you are there together – right side of home page.


  3. September 29, 2016 4:23 am

    Six years! That’s staying power–and, yes, the friends are the best part. I like how you are continuing to incorporate your photos from Japan.


    • September 29, 2016 7:43 am

      Kerry – it’s the people that reach out and leave comments, I develop a connection with that keep me blogging. I love your wise and funny words and your home beside the lake is so different than my location. We never would have met if not for blogs.


  4. September 28, 2016 11:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful work and experiences. I’m going to be going back to Japan again (probably around Kyoto) and I was wondering if you had anything craft-related to particularly recommend? Open to trying anything!


  5. September 28, 2016 9:53 pm

    Muga silk, amazing spinnin , totally new for me, and such an other world, where you stay now! Take care.


    • September 28, 2016 11:05 pm

      Birgit – thank you.The silk is wonderful to spin, I will use it as weft to weave – maybe a scarf. Silk can be very warm although in Victoria, where I live, we usually have mild winters.


  6. emilysuzanna permalink
    September 28, 2016 3:41 pm

    Congratulations on 6 years of blogging! I just love seeing the photos from your trip.


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