I was taking pictures of various things I've been working on, and looking at pictures of some of the non-fiber pursuits I've been engaged in recently, and I think that there's a theme arising. Let's see if you see it, too.
It's all purple and green around here, apparently. I've been gazing out of my office window longingly these last few weeks, noting that the ceonothus are in bloom, but unable to get out there to enjoy them. Last weekend, I took a nice long hike in the hills behind my house, and, as you can see from that top photo, they are blooming away.
There's also green and purple in the latest knitting I've been doing.
Northmavine Hoody, a Kate Davies pattern from her new book, Colours of Shetland, which I absolutely adore. Totally aside from the patterns (there are quite a few in there that I'd knit), her writing is lovely, and she has essays about each of the places that inspired the patterns in the book. It's truly a pleasure to read and look at. The patterns are also well-thought-out, with the kinds of little details that I enjoy seeing in my knitwear - you can see the turned hem in the picture up top, and this pattern has several other details like that, the sort of thing that make it look professional when it's done - handmade, rather than homemade. As you can see, I have finished the body, and tonight I will cast on for the first sleeve. I'd love to finish this before the May Grey sets in around here - I think it could get some use. It's knitted out of Jamieson and Smith 2-ply jumper weight, on size two needles, so it's a lovely weight, and a nice crunchy wool, in colors that I wear all the time (I admit to a total lack of originality on this one - I ordered the yarn used in the pattern, in the colours used in the pattern - but they are so me!).
And then some of you may have noticed that other picture I slipped in there. What's that, you may ask? That is the Cricket loom that my mom bought for me and the girls about a year and a half ago. We wove the yarn included in the package, and then it rather languished. When my LYS advertised a weaving class, using exactly this rigid heddle loom, I jumped at it. So yesterday morning I went in and spent a lovely four hours at the store, re-learning how to dress the loom, and getting some good tips for using it. When I got home, I spent a busy hour reclaiming my front and back patios from the chickens (have I mentioned that five chickens not only produce a good plenty of eggs, they also produce a good plenty of poop?), and trying to devise some way of arranging various patio furniture and cushions so that the chickens will not think that roosting on my patio furniture is a good thing. (I'm also working on convincing them to return to their coop at night to roost. They used to, until they discovered the couch on the front patio, so now they need retraining. Any suggestions?) Once that was done, I settled down on the back patio under the blooming wisteria (more purple and green, but no photos), listening to the bumblebees bumble about in the flowers, and weaving. This morning, I wrapped the whole thing up, and got this.
As I said, this will be half the width of the first one, but I'm plugging along, and it's interesting to see how different the two yarns look when woven the other way around.
I know I'd said I wasn't going to get into weaving - too many fiber sports already. But I figure a little bit couldn't hurt, right? And it seems like a great way to start using more of my handspun, not to mention the rest of my stash. In fact, to that end, I appear to have ordered another heddle, a ten-dent one this time (I don't think I'm quite using my vocabulary correctly; I'll get there), which is more appropriate to weaving the fingering weight yarn that makes up so much of my knitting and spinning stash. I may also have ordered a stand for the loom and a book with some ideas for rigid heddle loom projects.