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Getting Back to It

It’s my day off from work today, and I’ve been doing some eco printing at home and listening to some Johnny Cash. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve pulled my dye pots out from the cabinet. Our apartment smells like eucalyptus, and I am basking in it. I’m pretty sure eucalyptus is my happy smell. Here are some eco print bundles freshly pulled out of their onion skin bath.

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Once I unwrap the bundles I promise to put up some result pictures in my next post.

Danny and I went through some big changes this year, and, unfortunately, that meant that many of our art projects (including knitting and this here blog of mine) were set aside for months. So we are making our creativity a priority starting this month. Our apartment has had an overhaul and facelift. We’re trying to make it a more creative work space. Our own personal art studio.

We’ve been reorganizing everything, including our arts and crafts supplies, updating our furniture, cleaning, putting our favorite books on display, adding more shelves. We still have a bit more to do, but, so far, the apartment feels…more friendly and welcoming, which is establishing in me an increased internal feeling of openness and excitement about creating. And that is a feeling I haven’t really had in a long time. If ever, really.

So, how about I update you a little bit on what I’ve been up to since I last posted?

Let’s see. Knitting-wise, I’ve been working on projects off and on. Over the summer, I made two drapey tops (thin yarn, big needles).

I recently finished a short-sleeved version of Ranunculus top designed by Midori Hirose with Sincere Sheep’s Vernal linen/silk laceweight yarn.

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And Leonie top (with omitted sleeves and some rows of Indian cross stitches thrown in) by Julie Weisenberger. The yarn is two strands of ITO Kinu silk noil yarn and two strands of Lana Gatto laceweight yarn held together.

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I’ll try to get some photos of me wearing them as soon as I can.

Oh, and after months of on and off knitting, I’ve also FINALLY finished my STASH BUSTING DRESS!

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Really, really happy with how it came out. My yarn stash is much roomier now.

Currently, I’m finishing up a Shetland constructed shawl, Simmer Dim, designed by Gudrun Johnston. I’m knitting it in Uist Wool, which I picked up at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. No photo quite yet. Only things left to do are the picot bind off and blocking.

I’m pretty darn excited to be in between projects, soon. That means I get to go through some of my favorite patterns and yarns while I choose what I want to knit next. Very exciting.

Ah, here’s something I haven’t updated you on in a while. Do you remember the six sheep fleeces I sent off to Yolo Wool Mill last year? Well, after I didn’t hear anything from the mill for months, I visited their website and was shocked to see an announcement that they were closing their doors due to the owner retiring. As soon as I found out I contacted them to inquire about my order. Turns out, they were able to process the wool, but, unfortunately, only half of the order was spun into yarn. The rest was carded either into loose fluff or roving. Their machinery was apparently having trouble spinning it.

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I won’t lie, I’m disappointed, but still very relieved to have the wool back, clean, processed, and safe. I figure, though, I have plenty of plump bulky yarn to dye and more than enough processed wool that I can still spin myself or felt with. So, it’s not quite what I was expecting, but it’s not a complete disaster either. My mini yarn line may still be a possibility, but I’m currently considering some other ideas.

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And speaking of spinning, I will end this post…with an introduction. Meet my new spinning wheel!

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She’s a Louet S75 double treadle that I was able to buy second-hand, and she is awesome. She only needed a replacement drive band and I was good to go. I spun on her every day all throughout Tour de Fleece back in July, which is a 21-day challenge for hand spinners coinciding with the Tour de France. She is the highlight of our living room. I look forward to spinning on her for many years to come.

Thank you so much for reading today. Have a great week.

 

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