L.A.R.S.

Today was wonderful. One of those days filled with happy synchronicities. I went to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Large Animal Research Station. My goal: to see qiviut on the hoof and interview Sandy Garbowski, musk ox wrangler, qiviut expert, and heck of a cool lady.

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Musk ox are amazingly tiny, see how I’m looking down in the pictures of these cuties? The were only about three feet high at the shoulders, not the six-to-seven feet tall I’d imagined.

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One of the highlights of the interview? See that? That’s a garbage-sack worth of qiviut spread out before me. And then Sandy went looking for the highly-advanced tool that they use to comb out the qiviut, and turned her back…
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The high-tech tool used to harvest qiviut?
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Afterwards I walked five-ish miles in 90-degree heat to reach A Weaver’s Yarn, a delightful LYS run out of the bottom of the owners’ house. Well worth the trek. All those stories you hear about Alaskan hospitality: all true.

More about that visit later, it’s past midnight and I need to pack.

Where in the World is WeaveCast?

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Alaska! (Extra credit if you recognized Denali State Park.)

It’s a mini-family reunion in honor of Eric’s parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.

Eric, got the answer to his question, “Is there anywhere you won’t knit/weave/spin?”

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Yes, I am knitting, not weaving. A sock is my current carry project, fits in my purse, less bulky than an inkle loom, and well…woven socks, just not pretty. For the curious, it’s Tofusies, basic 2×2 rib patterned cuff which will carry on into the top of the foot.

Tomorrow’s adventure? I got permission to interview here.

Big kudos to the publicity staff member who got my last-minute recoding request green-lighted. She is my hero-of-the-day!