That's you! I've read and re-read all your lovely, supportive comments with deep pleasure and gratitude. As the week went on I felt my energy and enthusiasm returning. I launched into a new stranded project AND got inspired to start swatching another design. To top it off I met a blog reader (hello, Jean!) at an event at A Verb for Keeping Warm.
I apologize for not responding to each of you individually, but my thanks are sincere. I'm ready to get working again! The Joy of Color will not be out in February, but I'm hoping that it will be available in spring of 2016.
My new project is a shawl, tentatively called Smtarbright (now why did autocorrect turn starbright into smtarbright???). This is a much bolder motif than usual, and the colors are used in bigger blocks than I'm used to--a challenge! As I knit on this odd little cornucopia I realized that it resembles the work of Märta Stina Abrahamsdottor, an impoverished Swedish knitter from the late 1800s. I've always loved her bold motifs and inventive use of materials at hand--go ahead and use Google to find out more.
Kristine Vejar's new book on natural dyeing, The Modern Natural Dyer, came out last week. It's a beauty! I've been dabbling in natural dyeing for decades, but I've already learned new refinements from leafing through this book. The book covers working with natural dye extracts, with foraged materials, and with indigo--and the photos are gorgeous. The projects themselves are lovely.
I'll post photos of Turkey and Greece soon! Here's a detail of a Turkish rug that caught my eye--perfect for a Fair Isle, wouldn't you say?