Against all my best intentins I could not keep up blogging before my vacation at the end of June. A little more relaxed now, I'll attempt to join Karin again in 52 weeks of creativity. This weeks theme:
Life happens, when you make other plans but there is always another chance. So here are my missing photos for the last few weeks:
Black and White:
My most favourit photo from a winter walk on Zentralfriedhof!
Between painting, knitting and spinning it really is a hard choice!
If life is not purple enough: dye it yourself!
A dream coming true!
Have I managed to crawl out of the black hole my blogging mojo has crawled into? Let's hope so. After a week of vacation at least I have sooooooo many good intentions. Only time will tell, if I can hold on to them.
I think it has been quite noticable that I have added a new passion to painting, cooking and quilting: spinning.
To get myself motivated to blog more, I have decided to join in another link up: Fiber Friday.
So to start, here is my most recent project. I joined a SAL/KAL from Regenbogenwolle on Ravelry. The Challenge was to spin a gradient, either a special dye job Charlene offered for this SAL or other fibers one chose in the time of February 20th to March 20th:
I decided on a different colourscheme - Dragonseye and had to work with two different kind of fibers. One is pure Wensleydale and the other, shown above, is a mix of Cheviot, Lycocel and milk fiber. I spun those separately and then plyed them together. For the second colour I decided on 100 % grey merino.
I managed to finish spinning in time and even won a € 10,-- voucher for Charlene's shop! Happy dance!
I started knitting but had to slow down, due to troubles with my hands and I had also used up all the Dragonseye without the shawl being as long as I wanted it. My hands are getting better soI decided to spin more than the 200 gr. which were the original challenge, to get my "Dragonriders of Pern" as big as I want it. I have one more strand of pure Wensleydale left and I hope that the change in fibercontent will not be too noticable.
As I am still being careful not to overuse my poor hands, this will take some time, but as I already won for the spinning part, I do not intend to enter the knitting challenge anyway.
Let's see, how many weeks I will show you the same spinning job!
Another weakness of mine: buying stamps, but I hardly ever use them to leave marks on paper or fabric. When I do take them out, I enjoy playing with them, like with my newest aquisitions - stamps I bought at aweavers market.
For about two years now I try to eat primarily plantstrong.
Stumbling over the video "Forks over knives" litteraly changed the way I see food and the way I eat.
A very positive side effekt of no longer eating any kind of milk product and very little meat is that my allergy symptoms are nearly gone - a small price to pay for no longer having to take medication every day.
That does not necessarily mean that I do not eat meat now and then, when
I am a guest somewhere or I feel like it. You will hardly catch me
saying "no" to a good burger or breaded fried liver! And when I am travelling, I am eating everything that sounds interesting!
Sun in winter is a very difficult theme for me. While we had a rather sunny winter till now, quite unusually for Vienna, as I am working I hardly notice it. The few sunny weekends we had I spent catching up with housework or hiding at home, as I have enough of people after a week in the office.
So you have to be satisfied with old photos:
A sunset I will never forget: Key West
And a newer photo of some wool I am spinning right now. While the name of this dye job is Dragonseye it also reminds me of a sunset over the sea.
Yesterday was the first day of this winter, when I left the office at my regular "early" time and it was still daylight! So maybe there will be some real sun for me soon.
Sleep - who has time to sleep? Or let's say, it's not that I would not love to sleep, but as one hardly ever get's what one wants, I end up being rather productive right now.
I joined in with a worldwide crowd with the Splendid Sampler Quilt - 100 6,5 inch blocks in a year.
46 parts? And that is block 2? What is ahead????
That made the Fire Shawl MKAL seem simple in comparison.
Beads - fiddly stuff makes me so happy right now!
The blocks for a baby quilt are finished,
now the connecting strips have to be sewn next,
I have to be finished in May!
And a big spinning project is finished too - I spun coloured wool from an Advent Kalender exchange with grey and am looking for a pattern (a hoody, I really would love to knit a really comfortable hoody!).
Sleep - would love too, but too much to do.....