Some difficult months – not helped by the random popup ‘memory’ feature on the iphone – thanks, Apple….
But after some debate SpinningStreak has decided to resurface, and maybe I’ll hide behind her for a while!
I spent the last few weeks keeping an indigo bath on the go – temperatures in the 30s definitely helped to prolong it. These pictures are a mixture of indigo and logwood on merino, alpaca, silk and one skein of linen.
The hedges looked pretty strange at times.
Made a good start on the cosy stuff as well – though it is always a bit weird to be working on winter items in 34 degrees.
Crescent scarves next on the list – need a stock of those because they seem to go down well as gifts.
Apparently I have entirely forgotten how to edit these posts – can’t even shift the images around any more. So, apologies – but if I mess around wasting any more time I know I will just delete the lot!
I’ve discovered six hand knitted socks squirrelled away, and only two match… It’s just so much more fun to see how a different colour knits up….! So now I must be disciplined and do two at the same time – slow, but apparently more practical.
This is a quick and slightly scruffy post – definitely not Instagram standard. The daylight for photos is all but gone by the time I get home (yes, I am still at work…) and the single socks are clearly not yet blocked (that does make a surprising difference, by the way.) But I am afraid there’s no faffing at the moment. Even the missing socks will have to wait till I have shrunk my Etsy list a little. I sold six pairs of leg warmers today – all but one pair to the same person. Are we about to face a cataclysmic Winter, on top of everything else? Have I missed something?
From quarantine (technically ‘quatorzaine’) after our time in France. Where, in fact, we had voluntarily isolated ourselves, turning down all invitations and never setting foot in a town. We even froze outside on the ferry, keeping rather more than social distance, so we were not worried we were importing anything nasty.
The two weeks confined to the house were spent in an orgy of Etsy work. Lots more spinning (always my favourite) and somehow managing to turn myself into a baby blanket machine – hours and hours of it, got a bit carried away…”just one more…”
It was a good move, though – I’m now back at work (in a drastically altered classroom) and won’t have that sort of time for a while!
No-one would have wished to gain time in this way – but enforced isolation has its compensations…
Lots of yarn work. Custom orders for Etsy (some quite unusual!),
Spinning (bliss, still my very favourite).
Dyeing (acid dyes this time – less subtle than the eco stuff, but gloriously bright – definitely lifts the mood)
Maybe even the looms will make an appearance – long time since I was weaving….
We are fortunate to be hiding away healthily. This is not the case for everyone – and who knows what is to come. But for the moment I feel we should help out where we can – but also grab the opportunities so unexpectedly presented. Maybe a calm interval will stand us in good stead if we are seriously to be tested….
After a marathon spate of blanket making recently I now need to turn to some smaller items for my SpinningStreak ETSY shop. The blankets are mostly for friends and family. They are great fun to make but not exactly cost effective to sell. I worked out that one of the larger ones took over 100 hours, so over £800 at minimum wage, not counting rather expensive materials…..! That is never going to work.
So cowls it is. And I do love the constant variety – knitted, crocheted, thick yarn, thin yarn, narrow, long, infinity twisted, ribbed, textured, lacy, modular, hand dyed…..I have hardly looked up from my needles and hooks this month!
Winter is coming – it might be leg warmers next week!