What does a fiber artist do when she can’t sleep, you ask? Why she starts dyeing as soon as it’s light out, of course! I moved the studio out to the back deck last weekend so we can (finally) get the car back in the garage, so 6:00 a.m. saw me in the backyard filling the crock pots and getting an early start! After dyeing up the special orders, and perfecting my September Self Striping sock club submission, I got to play! And play I did. It’s been a while since we have had any spinning fiber in the shop, so I go to it. I have been practicing with the new drum carder (LOVE IT!) and wanted to dye some fiber to play with color so that’s where I started. I had forgotten how much I love to dye the roving! Then I moved on to some 4 oz bumps that had been begging to be dyed for a while. I got 4 of them done before the heat drove me inside. 102, YUK! I am not a fan of summer or heat! I will work on some more Sunday morning and they should be in the shop soon!
On the spinning front, I finished the singles from the color class and plied them with a lovely grey merino that I had hanging around. They turned out gorgeous and I can’t wait to knit with it. 410 yards of around a heavy fingering weight. My first thought was sock (of course! but I think I will go for a little shoulder shawl that will show off the striping!
Next week we take the boy back to school for his Senior year in college. I can’t believe my little man is so big, but a look at the scraggly beard confirms it. This is MY kid. I love both my boys equally, of course, but this is the kid that shares my love of Sci-Fi and all things sarcastic. When he goes back to school, I’ll be watching Dr Who and Wharehouse 13 all by myself. I am torn between being sad to see him go and glad to see the backside of him. At 22, a summer is enough for us. My other boy (a Senior in high school) is into sports and is at an age where he doesn’t admit to having a mother, much less being seen with her. 🙂
The garden isn’t doing so well. A week of hot has things looking a little worse for wear and i am thinking it’s time to tear some things out and start the fall garden. Beets, spinach, kale and garlic are a few things in the running so if I can get out there early enough tomorrow after loading the crock pots with wool, I will make a start on that.
Happy spinning and Knitting,