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Re-entering

Re-entering my life after a period of absence.  Trying myself out again. Do I still engage with knitting, spinning, art, creativity?  How have these elements changed in my life during my period of vacation?

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Let me re-introduce myself.  I am re-grounding.  I set up perimeters to establish routine, ritual, habits.  Boundaries and disciplines enabling devices to think straight and channel direction.

First on the list is walking.  Daily.  Not just walking, which has to be done everyday with the dogs, but walking with awareness and attention.  I notice the ordinary becoming extraordinary.  Smells, sounds, sights.  I am gaining a sense of place which reflects in my work.

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Second, I love what is around me and take time to enjoy the everyday stuff of life.  Feeding the birds, growing plants, trying to engage with details.  I have slowed my pace.

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I am working again.  Drawing and making art.  I established a routine of between 10 and 30 minutes a day.  This has become a ritual.  Already I have worked everyday for over 22 weeks.  To my astonishment I find that I am establishing a body of work.  Out of the discipline of everyday work new ideas emerge and forge forward.  I am excited and feeling positive.  I am becoming the artist I am but it is happening from within, quietly, surely.

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Spinning and knitting have slipped into new roles of calm and purpose without any rush, comparison.  Like the art, they are acts more of meditation and reflective process than about the need to complete and critique.

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I am reading…………….. consuming words and concepts as if I was back at uni again!  Discovering like minds and companions who speak the same or similar language to me.  Also those who dont.  Other minds, disciplines, ways of seeing.  Lifelines.

Not so much hands to hold but lights in the darkness.

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Marvellous Things

Since Woolfest, an eclectic collection of marvellous things to share.

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A romp on the beach with the dogs and my son after Woolfest.

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A wonderful day spent mooching around with everyone.

Foxgloves.

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Orchids.

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New arrivals while we were away!  Hatched by chickens as mother duck got fed up with waiting!!

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Bert.

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Geese.

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Progress with fleece.

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A new tam design.

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Poppy heads.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Sorry folks!!  Not been able to compose a blog for a couple of weeks now!  Just finished listing stuff on ebay who have charged me a HUGE amount for the privilege of making them money and clearing me some space!  But what can you do???

I have been up to lots!  Besides the usual walks with the creatures great and small, I have been organizing fleeces, cleaning them and of course dying etc.  It has been unseasonally hard to dry anything recently.  I think we are back in the cold wet season as the fields once again are just full of water!  The yarn wont dry and today I have given in to shivering and the fire is now lit waiting for me to arrive back from another wet dog walk and steam dry in front of it!

I have not been very creative because I have been exceedingly disciplined!  I have been making myself try to finish things which have lost their glow for me.  You know when the doubts creep in because you are not sure that this particular thing was a good idea?  I have several GREAT ideas started but am not allowing myself to work them until I have done some of the less inspiring ‘things’.  As a result my house is clean!!  (Well it was until the dogs came in all muddy!!).

BUT I have been successful in charity shops and the like!  i will show you some of my recent bits:

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Fabric………..more trousers?

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Woven recycled saris which is a bag – just the right size for knitting projects!?

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NEW SOCKS!!!!!

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A GORGEOUS coat with matching bloomers(??) from old curtains……..LUSH!

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Two LOVELY candlesticks!  Really pleased with these…..

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I did ‘allow’ myself to finish spinning this BFL/mohair (after all it is finishing??)

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Finally this HUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEE Sample for the stall is finished!!

PHEW!

Smelly, Colour and Knitting

What strange unpredictable weather May has brought us.  A little of every season all jumbled up and selected at random.  Regardless, the shearing has started and the sheep are free of their heavy load.  The fleece are being picked over and sorted.  I have a bubbly feeling!  I adore this sorting and selecting and skirting.  Probably i should get out more, but hey ho!  At least I am happy!

I have started THE solution today with 2 of the most gorgeous soft Shetland fleeces ever!  I need the solution is deal with these in a gentle manner, so I start with the finest fleeces.  The solution gets fierce as the summer goes on and often i will have to dilute it if the fleece is fine.  It needs diluting or the fierceness of the mixture can literally eat the fleece.  So here is the start of this years cleaning.  It felt good!

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The large blue barrels are employed again! 

Does it say something very large about me that I find this exciting?  Just a thought!!!……..

Moving on……. to the weather?  Like the weather I am trying little bits of lots of things in no apparent order.  Inspiration is coming thick and fast and I have started lots of ideas and patterns.

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The barn is full of colour, just like the hedgerows

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And the Clematis is stunning and covering the back of the cottage completely!

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Spot the difference

WOW!!  What a sky

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Glorious palette

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Maybe a change in the muted colours of rain –

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The sun has been out and spring has crept in between the showers and everything feels more bouyant!

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Well almost, after a bit of thought maybe??

Never mind Crufts these are the BEST OUT OF SHOW!!!!

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In a class of their own!

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Emerging….

Post Unravel bug post.

O my!  What a bug!  Full frontal attack.  Still hopelessly weak and disorientated.  I thought it was just a really nasty cold and tried to work through it as you do!  BUT I was beaten and laid flat.  Central nervous system attacked and I am only just out of crawling position.  Hence the lack of puppy up dates!

First things first though!  LOOK at this:

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Ascalon by Christelle Nihoul (Ravelry) in a semi solid and handpainted from my new spins.  LOVE it!!

Also had MORE new spin back which is ANOTHER stunning yarn!

PLUS this is also finished:

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Marion by Andi Satterlund.  In one of the new aran weight spins, and it only took 3 skeins!!  And I have some left over! Size 36″.  Great to knit, really quick and easy without being boring, even in this semi-solid ink colour! (Also on Ravelry).

Now off to take pics of puppies to finish this post and let you see what you all want to see!!

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This boy has stolen my heart TOTALLY UTTERLY and shamelessly.  HOW did I not see him coming???

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These girls have been selected and reserved.  Lurcher people always come back for more when they loose their friends,  Once you have had a lurcher, you always have a lurcher shaped space in your life which only a lurcher can fill!  There is something about the breed which is totally addictive.  Lurchers tend to be one of 2 things flat out or flat out!!

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This lot are lively and opinionated now and becoming full time work!  Good job they make me laugh so much!!

Progress….

Yesterday there were blue skies!!

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And spring is on it’s way….

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 I was infatuated with the combination of colours, so had the urge to fit in the last day to dye before UNRAVEL next weekend.

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I finished the yarn I spun

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Blocked a sample

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And watched the dogs enjoy the sun!

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And I just made you read to this point before showing you the most important progress of all!!

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