(Clun Forest sheep)
I’ve been alternating between being totally fine and peaceful and being a stressed out mess since this whole unemployed thing happened. I tend to get a little hung up on the details sometimes and I think that’s part of my problem. I’ve been dealing with things by working maybe too much myself. But I have a shop re stocked with play silks to show for it (some great fall colors!) and I’m sending a bunch to Australia to be sold in a shop there called Invitation to Play! So, if you are an Australian reader you will be able to purchase my naturally dyed play silks without paying so much for shipping! (You might want to follow the owner, Suze, on Instagram if you want a heads up when the silks are available.) This is my first time collaborating like this, and I’m excited to see how it goes.
I’m trying hard to relax though, and last weekend I did a really good job of it, I think. Key for me is leaving the house. I have to escape! I took Larkspur and Beatrix and some friends to the fiber festival we usually attend every year, Montpelier Fall Fiber Festival. I think I had the best time ever, mainly because I wasn’t chasing small children. It was also really nice to have friends of my own along. I spent awhile talking with a lovely woman who raises Clun Forest sheep and I bought a handful of skeins from her to try dyeing. It’s really springy wool and I’m very excited to work with it! I may bring some to my shop next year if I can make that happen! (I’m also daydreaming about my own flock, though that would be many years down the road.) I’m excited to work with more Virginia yarn, especially breed specific ones. I also purchased some alpaca silk blend yarn to knit a cardigan for myself (hahahaha–someday), and also some Icelandic merino blend for I’m not sure what-mittens?
Beatrix spent a long time at the festival learning how to spin with a drop spindle. When we got home she turned on an audiobook of Anne of Avonlea and started spinning. Then she knit a little pouch for one of her tiny baby dolls out of the yarn she spun. (I neglected to get a photo.) I love sharing a love for wool and knitting with my girls!
I’m almost finished knitting Beatrix’s birthday bonnet, and while I really should then focus on one of the other projects I have started, I am anxious to start working with some of my fiber festival yarn, and I’m really in the mood to knit something yellow!
p.s. I forgot to mention the photo of the dad above. I snuck that picture because he was the ultimate fiber dad! He was baby wearing, had two additional children with him, and was carrying several fleeces for his wife! For the record, Jonny would do the same. 🙂
p.p.s. Highs here for the next ten days are in the 60s!!! I’m so excited! Sweater weather is almost here!