I had to go out this morning. I had million other and quite important things to take care of inside today but the sun came out, colored the sky beautiful blue and the remaining leaves on trees rich yellow. I looked out of the window, took my boots and camera and went out. There have been so many grey and rainy days in a row that seeing sun was a treat. Soft sun rays were like loving touches.I must admit that the red/orange twined sweater can be a bore at times. Yes. We are having a crisis. But so far I have not abandoned her. Yesterday I had to go and buy a new circular needle because I felt that the stitches were like glued to the old circular. So do you think it helped? Not really, and I see this as a very bad sign. Beth gave me a little bit of advice having socks on the needles just in case when I took this twined journey but I thought I would not need socks, I thought that the sweater would be fine, just fine. I should have listened to Beth. I have reached the waist line and I must confess that I just about have had it with this for time being. But if I drop this now, will this ever be done? Maybe I just should keep on twining.
There is this little voice in the back of my mind telling me that I'm wasting all my good knitting time when waiting since this sweater is very difficult to drag around and I don't have anything (nice and easy) to knit on the road at the moment.
Luckily there has been some distraction... these little skeins of yarn that have been dyed by Niina with natural dyes. Look at the little yellow skein - the color is like from the pictures of the leaves from above. When quilting I dyed some cotton and linen with fiber reactive dyes and I have once attended a weekend course with natural dyes, but it was a very long time ago. It was a fall after extremely rainy summer and all the yarns came out different hues of green. Lovely green even when the color should have been sort of yellow. Every now and then I have thought about trying dyes again...
The red/orange sweater - being the only (so far allowed) creative outlet - forced me to consider other alternatives outside knitting. I have been spinning a bit of Corriedale.This color did not speak to me. It is beautiful blue for spring and summer but at this time of year it felt out of place. So I dumped it into a kettle.Poured some reactive dye over it and let it boil for a while. And it turned into this blue. Very dark and difficult to capture the right color. I tried in shadowand in sunshine.After doing this skein the dye bath was still very strong. So I threw in some white Shetland. It should be done soon.
What if I spin some grey singles and ply with white and then dye... I'm not sure I can turn back any more. Something tells me that a new journey has just begun.
PS. About the wild birds... I have them served from best china with good wine. I just eat, don't shoot or clean or cook. Just eat.