Winter Solstice, a time of new beginnings...the days grow longer and the sun shines on us longer each day.
We have had a slow start to the winter weather here. We actually had some days in the 60's during December, so it is hard to be in the spirit of the season. I'm not complaining about the weather...I like the fall and spring, and dislike the winter and summer...so the mild December has been great. I do like the look of snow on the the trees, I enjoyed it for a few hours last week, and I'm sure that I will be sick of it before long, so I need to just enjoy the days as they come and be grateful for each day.
|Frosted Leaves from a previous December|
I tried some weaving sales this winter. I participated in the Holiday Craft Sale at Pioneer Craft house and the Holiday Art Crawl started by a friend. Both of these were rather small venues, just a backdrop area to display. I managed to do quite well on the sales and sold all my towels and many of the scarves. I have not been trying to sell much for several years and decided this year to get started. It took a while for me to get going but I was happy with the results this year. I need to consider other venues for sales next year.
I have been getting some work done. I have been enjoying some spinning. I joined a SAL/KAL (spin-along/knit-along) and I almost have a short sweater done. It was with the Greenwood Fiberworks group on Ravelry. I had bought the roving as a treat this summer and spun it up. It is almost knitted. It ended up very orange in color (one ply of the painted roving and one ply of a solid rust), but I think over a green or purple dress, it will look great. Maybe I need a long sleeved shirt in those colors to wear it with jeans...
|Just need to finish the sleeves|
I looked at a bobbin of spun yarn that I had done with another of the wonderful rovings from Greenwood Fiberworks. On this one, I only had four ounces, not enough for knitting much. And the yarn was too course. I had spun this a while ago and I don't know if I had any plans for it. At least, I didn't write anything down in the bag it was stored in. I decided a scarf/shawl in a chained 3 ply yarn, so I unspun and respun the yarn finer. (I just re-spun it the other direction, then chain plyed it. Now it is a slightly finer yarn and is 3 ply instead on singles. I think it will work up well in a knitted scarf/shawl. I know I do not need another one of these, but maybe I can put it in a give away box for a future gift.
|Errors corrected and ready to full|
My classes progressed well this year, only a couple of hick-ups. I hope to add more classes this year, and get some additional teachers at the craft house. We added felting and spinning this year. I had a great time with the felting class. We did a needle felted bear and when I was finished it was recognizable as a bear! My previous attempts were not as successful.
Beth also taught a felt class that we made a picture. I have always loved this technique, both Beth's work and some that I had seen years ago with another felter. I was excited with the picture I did. The wonderful sunset picture I based it on is my nephew's work. I hope to frame it somehow to show the piece off.
|My little Bear|
|Felted picture with original behind|