"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."I've read her blog, going back a year or so, and she sure seems to live her life according to these words. Perhaps it's necessary to do that when you live where she does. In any case, they're good words to live by. Her "awesome" life sure appeals to me.
My name is Rachel Rodnunsky. My blog is Tintina Fibres and is at TintinaFibres.com. I named it that because, where I live, Faro, Yukon Territory is in the Tintina Trench, a land formation up here.
Faro is a small town of 400 people just below the arctic circle. To do any shopping, I have to drive to Whitehorse which is 350 km so I often stay overnight when I go shopping especially in the winter. That is also where the nearest hospital, drug store, dentist, mechanic, and any other amenity really is. We just have a nursing station here and a small general store.
|Yukon-raised Icelandic fleece dyed with natural dyes.|
|Locally harvested goldenrod being used to make a dye bath.|
In 2010, I took the level one master spinner course at Olds College in Olds, Alberta. One of the assignments was doing 10 different natural dyes. I decided to not continue with the program but did complete the 10 different natural dyes and was hooked on natural dyeing after that.
|Handspun, crocheted hat designed by me.|
As far as items I sell, my biggest sellers are my hats. I have decided to focus on hats for the future as far as items I make and am starting to collect hat blocks in different sizes.
My biggest dream for the future is to continue doing this as my job. I collect wild plants for medicinal use and for dyeing. (for example, I make my own lip balm and hand balm) I work primarily with animal fibres and try to buy from people in the Yukon.
Come visit my blog anytime and see what I'm up to.