Yes, Pets, it's been a while. Life has been go go go since I returned from Knitting Camp, and, well, there it is. On Friday, for example, I was on the phone when I heard the clicks alerting me that another call was coming in. Just then, my cell phone rang. We'll just leave it that I'm a little scattered right now--I vaguely remember that I've begun emails to people who've written, but never finished them: Mea culpa if you haven't heard back from me.
I'll touch on the things going on:
1. Gingko started a new job this week at Samurai Noodle (I seem to be unable to keep from forming karate hands every time I say this--moms can be SO irritating), a tiny fresh ramen restaurant in Seattle's International District.
2. Ryan's squares are gathering but not yet seamed together. She admitted that she enjoys the anticipation, so--lucky girl--we are going to extend that period of anticipation! (photo courtesy of LindaK)
3. I'm working on a new sweater design: Lingonberry. I've finished the charting and I think I've finished the color decisions. Oops, no photos yet.
4. I've started a shawl--the Kerry Blue Shawl from Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls by Martha Waterman (and if you are tempted to knit this one, be sure to get the extensive errata from the Interweave Press site). I'm using this wonderful 100% alpaca laceweight yarn from Cheryl Oberle, handdyed lovely shades of cool red. Oh, I forgot to photgraph this as well.
5. I've been washing the Shetland fleece from Black Sheep Gathering--my Fair Isle from Scratch project is proceding slowly.
6. The lichen jars are proving a disappointment. This is not color-by-numbers dyeing, that's for sure!
7. Rebecca and Peggy gave me these books on natural dyeing:
Wonderful! (Note fleece drying in the corners.) I'm getting pulled more and more deeply into the amazing and complex world of natural dyes--this is obviously one of those "lifetime learning" subjects.
8. I visited my sister Tori, who lives in central Washington. Here is the morning view of sage and apple orchards from her back porch:
9. I've been enjoying a book I found recently: Eye for Colour by Bernat Klein (1965), a fabric designer who was known for his groundbreaking use of color and texture. I love . Klein talks about working from inspiration rather than from color wheels and theories and percentages. He examines the use of color by other artists, and pairs his paintings with the fabrics that developed from them. He was very focussed on textile colors as they affect the wearer, and speaks a great deal about freeing oneself from symbolic color use and fashion colors to find what works for the individual. Definitely work seeking out at your local library.
10. I'm driving down to California today for a lovely, long visit. Shadow is quite anxious--he has spied the suitcase and does not want to be left behind. Maybe, just maybe, I'll find more lichens along the way.... Oops, it's 8:30 and I've got to get going!
11. And yesterday I celebrated my birthday! It would appear that Saturn has left my sign, which in theory portends a much less stressful year ahead. I'm ready!