Perfectly formed and stunningly simple, despite the snow and high winds.
My batts, however, are neither of those things – nothing to show at the moment as I haven’t quite dug my way through to the drum carder.
But I have been dyeing – five different techniques over the weekend. Several batches currently drying – pictures to follow!
Some recent geometrically inspired pieces, mixed with angles from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna – mostly taken around the famous tea room.
The building is as splendid as the exhibits – late 19th century Viennese marble, stucco, gold leaf, over-the-top painted surfaces including the Klimpt decorations around the main staircase.
We spent a memorable week in Vienna just after Christmas. So much to see – three art galleries/ Hapsburg palaces meant we walked over 11 miles one day. Maybe the highlight was managing to get tickets for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in the Karlskirche. But just wandering around was fun too – and you have to keep scuttling out of the way of these!
It is possible that my first daughter might stumble across that last post. So – correction. I had better make it clear that SHE, not that fireplace, was my best present ever. She managed to get herself born on my birthday!
This might have been my best birthday present ever. A kitchen fire, contemporary with the house, to be lit whenever it snows. We light the drawing room fire every day in Winter, but this one is a special ritual – it is, in fact, too hot for comfort with the oven on… Note my little granddaughter’s ‘ducks’ currently centre stage! And overhead we have this splendid creation from daughter number 2:
Shame my photo isn’t quite so splendid – sorry, but I am improving!
Time to get sorted!
This is the view that greeted me on my way downstairs this morning. It’s a small part of my overall stash and I am currently switching out some of the heavier weight winter yarns (possibly prematurely – it is in fact snowing outside…)
If I manage to make enough of a dent in the tidying up so that I can access that drum carder by tomorrow, I should have time to make a couple of art yarn batts – always fun stuff!
And now I feel a bit of a cheat. It actually took me a week to get from there to here – but the post below kindly adjusted its date so I don’t look so feeble. Clearly, I’m no tech. wizard.
So why am I here? Yes, it started with all those ‘inspirational’, ‘seasonal’, ‘cosy’, ‘make your own sandwiches out of a slice of hand stitched shoe leather’ blogs that I genuinely love to read. I think I just wanted to join the fun. I have moved on from following simple craft blogs, though I’m still happy to share any of my patterns that I have actually got around to writing up. And I’m as keen as the next (won’t say ‘man’) on eating delicious dishes.
Yarn, though, is a constant. I card it, comb it, spin it, dye it, knit and crochet it. Sometimes I just buy it. All of it, any of it. Don’t get me started.
Brighton beach under snow, midday last week. Dark and moody. Not a bad place to start really. It’s where I live and work – and pretty much how I feel right now, fighting this blog setup!
I’ll be back soon. Hope/promise.