I cannot believe that November is here already, two more full weeks and it will be Thanksgiving week! This year has both dragged and flown by. This past week I received my November Paradise Fibers Box, the fibers look neat but the patterns for knitted ornaments are what has really caught my eye.
I received the more subdued colors of fiber, the white was what everyone received, my second color was a light pink rather than bright pinks and purples. I enjoy the colors, especially since I have enough brighter fibers to use as pops of color for the ornaments. I almost repurposed the spinning I was doing to be used as embroidery thread, however I decided to stick to my original plan. I do still believe that I will use any left-over yarns as crewel embroidery rather than scrap projects (if they are not big enough to knit into hexipuffs).
Speaking of things that I learned from EGLFC I have decided to use the highly textured yarns that I created that weekend as a sort of commemorative scarf. I managed to get my Ashford Sample It Loom threaded and tensioned using a 7.5dent heddle.
I love how it is turning out, however this is going to be the very definition of ‘Slow Cloth’ Weaving. Each time I open a new shed the yarns stick, since the textured yarns are in the slots they do not like to move up and down or separate from their neighbors. Keeping the actual locks to the top, without interfering with the addition of new horizontal picks, and so many more problems. The fascinating part of this is, I do not mind the problems at all. Yes, I am not really happy that one of my warp threads had to be tied back together when it snapped, I’m a bit worried about advancing the warp and how much trouble beating is going to be (I think I’m going to use a fork or tapestry beater at times), however I believe that I am going to enjoy taking my time and letting this scarf become what it wants to be.
There are several other projects going on in my life right now. I am working on upping my bullet journaling game, not only because of the class at the end of the month, but because I am trying to be more organized. As I hinted earlier I finished a small braid that I am going to use for embroidery thread, it was a sample from my Holi Spinning box earlier this year. At present I am pulling off lengths, allowing them to ply back on themselves and tying them into bundles to be steamed when I have time.
For other projects, my handyman has finally gotten around to putting up the paneling in my ‘studio’, of course since it has snowed already I had to purchase a small heater that claims it will heat up a room twice as big as the one I am using. Finger’s crossed, I hope so because I had to lay out a few home truths to him about the nature of working on a part time basis for a community college and private university, specifically that from my last paycheck in the middle of December I will not get another from those two until February. Fortunately I have enough crafting supplies stocked up, and just enough pay coming to me in the next six weeks, that I should be able to handle all of the major bills for January relying on my public library pay for food and gas.
I am not certain about the holidays at present, there are some good sales on Turkeys and Hams, so I believe I will stock up a bit on major protein sources. Life goes on and I am luckier than most.
For crafting, I also picked up the Charollais I received as a part of Holi, I was fascinated by the lock structure and hoped to use it as some texture in a new yarn. When I picked it up, it felt a touch tacky. Thinking that a bit of lanolin was left in the locks, I immersed it in some very hot tap water, that immediately turned brown. I had been harboring unwashed wool! There is nothing inherently wrong with unwashed wool, if you know it is there so you can keep an eye on it or make sure it is away from the rest of your stash. Unwashed wool is what attracts Wool Moths and Mice, neither of which I want in my stash. I gave this wool three really good rinses and hopefully this will be enough, it is almost half way dry as of this morning.
Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!