Tuesday, October 5, 2010

W.I.P. Wednesday

This weekend, I went to a class titled Wild & Woolly at the Arboretum.
It was a really special day that I had been looking forward to for a couple weeks.
A dear friend of mine offered to take the kids for the morning & I was scheduled off work!
I spent three blissful hours learning to dye raw wool with different leaves, berries & nuts.
We did a little carding, spinning & weaving.
We built a simple drop spindle & I asked many, many questions.
(it's not that often this Mama gets to spend time with
other women who love wool as much as she does.)
It was really a perfect morning.

Afterwards, I took advantage of having a sitter & went to the yarn shop.
I had ordered Last Minute Knitted Gifts after hearing so many fellow bloggers say it was a must have book & I have to say, I was not disappointed.
(I know..I know... I'm that nerdy lady who gets a sitter to go yarn shopping. ha!)

Also in the photo above is the scarf I started making Maya last week
& some sweet pink Cascade yarn for a hat to match for my super sweet girl.

Rivers hat in progress.
Hand spun Alpaca from our Farmers Market.
The Alpacas name is Haas...this is his natural, beautiful color.

And...Rivers Autumn hat finished!
He was so excited, he decided to wear it to bed.
The first of many hats to made this fall.
I was recently asked by a local natural parenting store to knit up some baby hats, wool diaper covers & wool toys. I'm really excited for this.
I also have a couple other orders lined up.
This makes me want to quit my job & play with wool all day.
Do you think this single Mama could raise two kids on that alone?
I've been dreaming more & more of that farm I hope to have one day.
And bringing my eggs, organic produce, honey,
herbal products & woolen goods to the Farmers Market.
I finished two ear flaps tonight for the birthday boys surprise snowboarder hat.
If all goes well, I will be able to finish it tomorrow & move on to a few other handmade Mama presents. He told me the other day, those are the ones he most looks forward to.
That makes me smile..he knows, in each stitch, I say a blessing.
"For people allergic to wool, one's heart can only bleed." ~Elizabeth Zimmerman

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