I love colour, that’s no secret, I love being immersed in the bright and vibrant energies that colours create, the way each colour has a different vibration that stimulates a different response from me. My home is normally a colourfest, but as I’ve been on a packing frenzy today the walls are very bare and very white. KB, believe it or not, just wandered into the room as I was typing that and stated that she liked that fact that the walls are so plain, that she is finding our home very zen at the moment. Hmmmmm. So because colour is severely lacking in my surroundings right now, I thought I would create a sanctuary of colour here in my virtual space and share some of the brightness I’m creating and creating with!
First is the rose of course… can you believe that rose? Looking at that moment caught in time is like a mediatation, everything just stops for a second. Eckhart Tolle said in “A New Earth” that flowers are the enlightenment of plants and seeing a bloom reaching it’s blooming potential just blows me away! Plus the colour… my favourite, totally favourite shade of pink perfection.
The next colourful goodness is my cabled sock. Yes, still just a sock but I’ve had to put it aside for some very important Christmas making. The second ball is sitting with the pattern and needles waiting for the looooooooooong drive to Whangarei. I wonder if I can manage a whole sock in one trip? Not if I’m driving half, but it’s something to aim for!
I am most excited by my sock, I’ve named them the Croc Socks because, well, they resemble cabled crocodiles. The yarn I’m using for these is one of Knitsch’s semi-solids, the 1/4 acre dream colourway which is suiting this project just perfectly! The pattern is from “The Gentle Art of Knitting,” the Red Wine and Port socks which is a very easy pattern to follow and so much fun to make.
Also giving me a colour hit at the moment is Ashford hot water dyes… It has been ages since I’ve done any dying as I’ve been so busy, but I had 500gms of white merino I needed to dye before I leave so went out to my Mum’s and spent the afternoon borrowing her gas stove, her big pots and her dyes… a small payoff for my enchanting company really….
I am on a hunt for a long rectangle dye pot, as even thought the big round ones work well I would like to try making regular stripes with my colours which I can’t achieve in a round pot. Maybe some people can, but I am still at the “throw it all in and hope it works” stage of my dyeing career.
Despite being very out of practice with dyeing, I managed to dye four of the most vibrant braids I’ve ever made and I am ridiculously pleased with them!
Raymond of course was available to assist me with photographing the fibre… and give you a glimpse at my makeshift photo studio! (an old white pillowcase… chic!)
As Peggy is coming in the car with us, I may have to bring a couple of these to spin while I wait for my stash to arrive. We are arriving in Whangarei on the 30th and our stuff is due to arrive on the 6th… I’m already having stash separation anxiety and I haven’t packed it yet… it’s going to be one long week waiting for the truck! (Peggy is coming in the car because there are too many little things to break off her, not because I am an obsessive compulsive spinner, I promise!)
On a final note for today, when I was at my Mum’s I went into the paddock to help her feed her chickens. Her sheep have just been shorn as the weather is getting very warm here so they all look funny and a bit nude. I happened upon the Ram from behind… his enormous balls gave him away and I couldn’t help but laugh at him with no wool
He doesn’t look quite so scary in the nude as he did a few months ago when he was bullying my Dad!
Little Richie had his first shearing but as he is currently being weaned off my Dad he is in the top paddock but I’ll definitely get a picture before I go because he will be such a big boy now!
Hope you’re happy and well in your life right now, I’m going to sleep in front of the computer so I’m off,
Lots and lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx