I’ve been wearing handknit wool socks nearly every day. The photo above shows a swatch of my Russian Rainbow colorway for The Quilted Raven. For every colorway that I dye for that shop, I knit a little swatch so that the customers can see what the final product will look like.
I have just dyed twelve skeins of Russian Rainbow sock yarn for my etsy shop, that I will reskein and list in the afternoon or evening on Sunday, September 20. Here they are, cooling on the deck:
I finished a couple of quilting projects. The first was a guild challenge in the evening group, to make something from someone else’s fat quarter for them. We put the fat quarters that we brought in into brown bags (with our name in them), and the leader shuffled them around so that we each got someone else’s. I’ll be gone for the October reveal, so I mailed the book that I covered to the fat quarter owner. The fat quarter fabric can be seen by itself in the inner facings of the book cover.
This was my first time using the free-motion foot and it was fun. Of course I could have used the walking foot, but it was broken, which forced me to finally use that free-motion foot! 🙂
I also finished a quilt to accompany a stuffed animal–this soft puppy being one of many given to me by a yarn customer and now friend, Cynthia. This is for a charity project through the quilting guild, whereby stuffed animals and accompanying quilts are given to social service agencies, to be given to children in need.
I enjoyed using “minky” fabric for the first time, to make the quilt back as soft as the puppy. I hand-tied the quilt, so as not to disturb the minky dots. I sewed the satin binding on with my free-motion foot (because the walking foot was kaputt) and it worked fine! I then hand-stitched it, which I did NOT like. That’s the kind of stuff I needed to learn.
While I dyed yarn I listened to numerous episodes of the podcast from Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) called Magic Lessons. (Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is the title of her new book coming out September 22.) Some of us have an urge to create that, if denied, is a burden and a depressive force in our lives. She helps people respond to that creative urge and to do the creative work that they need to do. The latest podcast featured guest Brene Brown, whose work on vulnerability and shame you may know.
I saw an article earlier today that might interest you: “Why Making Art is the new Meditation”
A blog I really enjoy is Spirit Cloth. The Maker, Jude Hill, hand-stitches natural-dyed cloth and does so for herself, not to sell or show in an art gallery. She has a huge following and posts photos and thoughts daily.
A really good book, free online, Wishcraft, helps you recognize what it is that you really want and how to align what you do every day with that goal so that you achieve it.
I will be in Italy for the first three weeks of October and I do not know if I will blog from there or wait until I return. My husband is taking a photo course for a week in Venice and then we will visit a couple of other Italian cities. I will definitely take LOTS OF pictures!