As The Calendar Turns

There’s only a month left for me to finish a nalbinding hat for Bill’s birthday in March. It’s hard to keep this kind of gift a secret when I keep asking him to try it on.  But he bought into my family’s tradition of “gift amnesia” years ago and applies selective memory as needed.

Two-color nalbinding hat is a gift work-in-progress.

He might be a little surprised, though, after all the upheaval of recent weeks, if I actually get it done in time. But it’ll be tough for him to pretend he didn’t know: I have to use his head to block it on when I full the finished hat.

February kind of snuck up on me and I just got the calendar flipped today. But there’s a lot of great stuff on this page. For one thing, February is when registration opens for Sievers classes.

Inkodye and SolarFast samples.

I teach Local Color To Wear at Sievers July 16-20, 2016.

Students in Sievers 2015 Natural Dye Retreat with willow harvest.

Then I go back to Sievers October 11-15 for the Natural Dye Retreat.

Donna Kallner -- cross-knit looping with cross-knit edging

In the meantime, it looks like I’ll be doing a couple of looping programs at Vesterheim in Decorah, Iowa April 2-3 at a gathering of nalbinders. Registration for that should open soon.

Silk fabric strips twisted into cordage for looping by Donna Kallner.

And August 1-6 I’ll be teaching at the Handweavers Guild of America biennial Convergence in Milwaukee. Registration for that is open now.

One gift finished at last.

But the main thing to celebrate in February is that life is settling into a new normal. I even managed to finish a small gift for a February birthday. OK, I finished something that was supposed to be a Christmas present until November when it became clear there would be no finishing anything by Christmas.

It isn’t wrapped yet, so there’s still time for this gift to be late. But the actual knitting came at a great time. Any version of “normal” needs a project or three sitting by my chair.

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Donna Kallner

fiber artist, teacher and explorer, inspired by ancient fiber techniques and all the ways contemporary fiber artists give old ideas a new spin