My son finished his A level exams today, so went out to celebrate with his cohort this evening. It's the first time I've seen him a little worse for drink!
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
I was bowled over by the lovely comments and support of my fellow fibre fans. I was encouraged to cut the work off the loom and knot a fringe - do you want to see how it looked? If not - too late!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I did a tiny, decent thing the other week. The smallest act of kindness, but something that anyone could have, would have, should have done. The only reason I'm talking about it is because of the huge reward it precipitated - the most divinely dyed sock yarn from Verity of TrulyHooked.
She offered me the choice of any yarn in her Etsy, but I had to leave the choice to her as every yarn I looked at I thought 'yes, this is the one', only to look at the next and think 'wait, no, this one'. The only one I rejected was a chartreuse - so not my colour. I was thrilled to receive the above in her Antique colourway. I think it is the shades of fading rose petals - so lovely!
I blame Sally. And my husband.
|My first weave since making a tiny purse at school 40 years ago!|
I did try very hard to leave the loom alone for someone else to have a go, but when I noticed that no one else had done so, I went back. I wove all day. Then Sally did something incredibly kind - she lent me her knitters loom for a month! (It's not her only one I hasten to add).
I took it home, I sat in the kitchen and wove all evening. When I was madly into papercrafts, I did lots of swaps of yarn and thread samples - I ended up with boxes of small amounts of novelty yarns all wound onto embroidery floss bobbins. They were ideal for this. So the weaving went on.
The next day a friend came to visit. I showed her the loom and she had a go. For two hours. Not the only one hooked then. When she went, I must confess I took her work out so I could say that the whole thing was woven by me. And I started again. And did a bit more in the evening. And the following two evenings because while I was at work all I could think about was the weaving waiting for me at home. Oh, and how my shoulders and upper arms were a bit achey.
|A riot of colour and textures|
|I am looking forward to seeing the whole thing unfurled|
So, if you've been paying attention, you might be wondering why I'm blaming my husband for this sudden interest. It's not that I'm looking for interests to take me out of the house and away from housework (never had that problem). The short answer is that he knows me too well. When I started knitting he predicted I'd end up spinning, despite my protestations. When I took up spinning, he told me I'd want a loom next. Maybe I'm a good wife who doesn't want to confound his expectations?!
Monday, June 08, 2015
I was really pleased that Facebook reminded me of the shawl I knitted for my friend today as I've never got a picture of it being worn before. I had a beauty shot of it here, but here's Sarah modelling it - doesn't the blue look great against her hair? If you didn't know, Sarah is the creative talent behind Babylonglegs, where you can find lovely yarns and fibres that she dyes in her studio. Sadly for everyone else, she no longer stocks this yarn base, so I'm very privileged to have had the joy of knitting with it