I adjust my too-heavy pack and consult the map one more time. Surely Ice Lake is just around the corner? And so it is. I slide the pack down my leg and dig some trail mix and my loom out of the top. Leaning up against a tree, I rest my tired feet and let my mind wander with the slip of the yarn through the warp.
It is the time of year we all start grousing about the too-early holiday music and I spend some moments mourning the loss of my favorite hiking weather. I love a good wander and in recent years have made sure to bring a Hokett loom with me on my expeditions.
I am also a great armchair adventurer. I read a book I just adored this week. In the Footsteps of Sheep
is a beautiful book about a woman's quest to gather fleece from all the sheep breeds in Scotland. She does so on foot with her spinning stick and her knitting needles, knitting a pair of socks as she goes.
What could be better than that? A little wander through Scotland, gathering fleece where the sheep have left it, meeting the people who live there, and making socks. This book grabbed my imagination in the way many craft-oriented books do not. The story, the maps, the wet tents and warm fires, all allow me daydream about my own creative adventures.
As you can tell from the blog
lately, I have been experimenting in the dye studio. I have not perhaps had my usual focus and had to redo one color twice before getting it right. But the other two colors were pretty and will be used eventually. I think I'm stocking up for the rest of the winter. NOT that there is any shortage of yarn around here, but you can never be too careful. There are rumors of big snows in Colorado this year and I want to have the yarn stashed away, ready to be woven. A little armchair adventure doesn't hurt either.
And in other news...
Winter is a great time to dive into some tapestry weaving fun. My Warp and Weft
course is for people who want a comprehensive overview of tapestry techniques. I also teach you how address the common problems that occur while weaving tapestry. The Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry
course is also going well. I have seen some beautiful things woven in the last few weeks. Join the fun!
I am expecting a shipment straight from
Jim Hokett's workshop today. There will be many more 8-dent looms among the treasures in those boxes. If you want a place to start playing with tapestry weaving but you're not ready to buy a loom with a tensioning and shedding device (such as a Mirrix, a countermarche floor loom, or an upright tapestry floor loom), a Hokett loom might be right for you. You can see what I have including the mythic 8-dent looms on my website HERE
On the bookshelf: In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks.
by Debbie Zawinski. I happened to see this book on the table at my local yarn shop (Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins
). Three seconds with it told me I had to bring it home. I talk more about it above.