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Remember, Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support your local businesses. Shop locally-owned small businesses and a much higher percentage of your dollars stay in your local community. Shop at a national or international chain, far less money stays in your local community.

Support your local community – and your local yarn shop – Shop Local!

“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices…” – JK Rowling

Time once again for the local holiday gift fairs. Some were actually last weekend, so I’ve already missed out on some shopping opportunities. Of course, I have shopping done for everyone but mom. Not a clue what to get her. Not clue one.

This shopping ahead isn’t always a good thing. I found a great white elephant gift for the holiday party at work. Now we aren’t having a party. Bought the gift two months ago so now cannot return it. Ah well, live and learn and lose $6.

Boulder Area craft fairs

Jefferson Unitarian Church
Holiday Craft Faire
December 2 and 3rd, 2011

Shining Mountain Waldorf King Winter Faire
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Denver Public Library Holiday Used Book Sale
Doesn’t everyone need at least one book as a holiday gift?
December 8, 9, 10 2011
Central Branch

Denver Christkindl Market
Through December 23, downtown Denver

Currently listening to: On Yoolis Night, Medieval Carols and Motets
Found for $1 at a different library book sale two weeks ago.

“I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.” – Thomas Jefferson

Well, this would be why they call it “Beginning Spinning”

Beginning Spinning

roving or yarn?

I’ve taken the plunge with a 6 week Beginning Spinning class. We received big chunks of unwashed fleece to take home and prepare, as well as the loan of carders, a drop spindle, and a spinning wheel for the duration of the class. Not friendly to my nearly all-black wardrobe, but I’m getting used to having bits of cream-colored fluff everywhere.

No matter how slowly I treadle, things are moving too quickly on the lovely Canadian spinning wheel. What I’m making barely qualifies as roving, much less yarn. If we had to rely on me to spin the yarn for the EcoVillage, we’d all be in serious trouble.

I think I’m going to try doing more drop spindle and see if I can get any better at things if I have even more control over the speed. I did find this helpful video on using a drop spindle, which I’ll combine with what I’ve learned in person in class.

Anybody have any suggestions or helpful tips on any part of this process? Washing, teasing the wool, carding, or spinning itself? Please send those along, because clearly I need the help!

Currently Reading: Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones

Recently Viewed: Just watched Nim’s Island based on the book by Wendy Orr and recommend it. Overcoming fears, being courageous in everyday life, and teaching your kid to value nature. Good themes there.

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine

Alpaca Breeders Alliance of Northern Colorado is having their Alpaca Extravaganza this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado. Saturday February 26 9-5, Sunday the 27th 10-4.

Shopping and hands on opportunities abound, as well as free lectures on alpaca breeding, contract language, marketing, and including alpacas in your sustainable living adventures. Free to the general public.

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – William Shakespeare

Support your local independent businesses by shopping with them on Small Business Saturday rather than at a chain store on Black Friday.

If you spend $100 at a locally-owned business, $68 of that $100 stays in your community. Spent at a chain store, only $43 stays in your community. Shop online – nothing for your local economy.

One great way to shop local is with your local craft fairs. If you’re in the Denver Metro Area, there are some good ones coming up.

Nov 27 – Boulder
Joyful Furniture Artist Sale

Dec 3 & 4 – Denver
Holiday Handmade Alternative Craft Fair at Fancy Tiger

Dec 3 & 4 – Applewood/Golden
Jefferson Unitarian Church Holiday Arts and Craft Faire

December 4 – Boulder
Shining Mountain Waldorf School King Winter Faire

Nov 13 – Dec 30 – Golden
Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market

“A machine has value only as it produces more than it consumes – so check your value to the community.” Martin H. Fischer