Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Seeing Green

My big guy sheep Carnie produces and enormous fleece. His colors are beautiful ranging from a light silvery gray to dark gray to black with a big chunk of browns and tans just to keep it interesting. 
I do love natural colored wool, but after the dye workshop I went to, I was inspired to play around with some of the leftover 2017 fleece I still had sitting around. 


What I wanted to create was a dark green mossy colored yarn with lots of tonal variation. I wanted some of the natural colors to shine through.
So I choose a lighter brighter green acid dye ("avocado") and went to work. For fun I threw in a little bit of Mac's tan fleece and a couple of locks of white fleece from Leo for comparison. This was just an experiment after all.


What's more amazing than the colors I ended up with is that I managed not to felt any of this wool after cooking it for almost an hour!


I was thrilled with how it came out. But the real test was to spin up a bit and knit a swatch.


I get so tickled when a plan comes together just like I have in my mind. 
{wouldn't it be wonderful if I could make EVERYTHING in life work out that way?!}

I love the colors.

So much so,
This Happened:


It will be a while before I get all this spun.
I am seeing a lot of green outside now (finally) and the gardens need some love too. 

Hope your world is full of the colors you love,

~Joan






Saturday, April 28, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

To Plant a Garden...

                                                        ...Is to believe in the future.




That future requires a few replacement layers,


which where a delight to the visiting grands.
{and to the ones who Chick Check in on facetime several times a day!}



With these lovely girls in our right here and now,


we look forward to all the tomorrows to come. 






Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Living by Dying....Wool

What a wonderful day I had in Sperryville Virginia, just a hop over the mountain from our place, to play with yarn. The dye workshop was hosted by Jen, owner of Spirit Trail Fiberworks. Her studio is bright and spacious. The ladies in attendance delightful and Jen herself is a great artist and knowledgeable instructor. 

We experimented with dying three ways.
Hand painted, tonal and speckled.


Speckling was not only a fun process, but I love the looks of it.


I am quite please with my first attempts.



So much so that I did what any yarn crazed person would do.

Bought some dye color charts.


Because despite all that spinning I have done over the winter (LOTS!) I still have all this from last year and in need of some inspiration: 

{Yes Sir, yes Sir, three bags full}

After all,
 Big Guy Carnie and his barn mates are ready for the shearer next month.

{He's not fat, that's all a very thick and beautiful fleece}


Jen and all her lovely custom yarns will be at the  Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival May 5-6. 
You won't be disappointed if you stop by. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March...

...Has never been my favorite month. 
It's stillness, the brown and grey of the earth, the dark and cold of the air.

That Wind.



Growing weary of all the favorite winter time activities....knitting, spinning, reading, baking...

This March the stillness is even more profound
as we continue to fight for my husband's health.
So on I bake and spin,
and knit...
{It seems I overdid my need for color to combat the bleakness on what I now laughingly call the' circus' pullover! 
The middle frame is my first serious attempt at intarsia knitting.} 

...and read.

My current is Snow Child  which seems to be a favorite among many of the blogs I frequent. 
I have read or listened to more books in the past year (14+) than I have all my other years put together.
A few I have enjoyed the most are My Antonia Willa Cather, We Are Not Ourselves Matthew Thomas, All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Fritz is doing well, but treatments take a toll.
We are, as always, grateful for the visits to and from those we love to much.


Bring on Spring!

{but I hope these plum buds do no open all the way just yet! Way too soon.}








Sunday, January 21, 2018

Revisited


2017 Wasn't the year of fast needles, but I did get a few projects done that I (finally) got around to updating on Ravelry.



And because we are revisiting that periwinkle state of being here in this home,
it only seemed right to pull out the properish color yarn and get going on something warm and wintery for these extreme cold days we have been experiencing.


Some bright colors to ward off the stark muddled landscape is just the thing.

Happy Sunday!






Sunday, January 7, 2018

Multipurpose


It's a Carport...
It's a Wedding Pavilion....

It's a Hockey Rink!




Family time is the best time.
No matter what the activities are.