Friday, December 31, 2010
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments yesterday. It does seem that I frequently have a day like that somewhere around my birthday. But today is a new day and a better one! Well, how can you not like a day that brings you dark chocolate with ancho chiles wrapped in a purple ribbon?
It's a bit strange to have a New Years Eve birthday and I always wonder if I would be a completely different person if born one day later. You know....
I do have the Navajo Churro fleece spun up and photo's of the process to post. But the past two days have been way too dark to get a decent picture of the finished yarns which are a medium to dark brown. So I'll get those up in a day or two. I think the next breed after that will be Karakul.
There will be some changes in the coming year. One having to do with the new loom that was ordered for me as a Christmas gift from dh (yep, the guy I maligned yesterday about the CO detector...we'll blame that on my inner old man.). Am so excited to be getting a new 32" 12 shaft Macomber loom. with a double warp beam! They are made to order, so mine won't be arriving until late January early February. I'm sure the new loom will bring about changes in my weaving.
There's one more finished item to add to the 2010 list:
Over the years I've known several people who choose a word to embody the coming year. My friend, Judy, reported that a word would usually come to her sometime toward the end of December and she carried that word with her throughout the year. Bonnie has chosen the word Simplicity for 2011. She has a link to this site that helps you select a word.
Ever since Judy told us about her word thing, I always think about it, but nothing meaningful ever came to me. This year, I've been thinking about how much fiber and fiber related stuff I have. Much of it I've purchased. But after awhile, fiber stuff starts finding you and the accumulation begins. So I was thinking about making 2011 the year of the stash. But I don't want to set hard and fast rules that will just tempt me to break them. Instead I want to set goals. I would like to spend this year using the limits of what I already own to inspire my creativity. The socks above are the beginning of that. There's also a new hat for ds on the needles. He picked the yarn from my stash.....yarn that has been there for maybe 10-12 years.
So as I have started on this "work from the stash" adventure the word Sufficient comes to mind. I know that the stuff I currently own (unspun fiber, knitting yarns, weaving yarns, and fiber books) is sufficient for me to create anything I care to design and make by spinning, weaving, and/or knitting in the coming year. And it is often said that boundaries inspire creativity. So wish me luck, join me if you like, and let's see what sort of fabric a life of sufficiency creates!
Well dear readers, wishing you all the best in the New Year. Let's close out 2010 with a little bit of soul, thanks to the late Sam Cooke. I hope 2011 brings the changes of your hopes and dreams.