I am done with the second chart on my Pheasant Pullover. I did a bit of unknitting – missed a few increases so the next chart did not line up. I am very happy with these colors and the way they are playing together. Hope to finish the next section of color work quickly because I am ready for yet another color work sweater!
I knew I wanted to knit the Porty Pullover by Gudrun Johnston when I saw the test knits show up on Instagram. I actually placed an order for yarn but it won’t be delivered until the Shetland Woolweek journal is ready to ship later this month. I had the yarns I wanted to use for the color work. Just needed a main color. I found this lovely grey at Tolt Yarn and Wool and they have curbside pick up so . . . I swatched last night and I am ready for a cast on. So, here I go, deep into the land of color work – a very sweet place to play.
Recently, Carole posted about an online class she had taken with Liz Lamoreux. I clicked over to her site (because I am very easily distracted by links and rabbit holes) and found a collage class that seemed to be a good fit. I had a stack of magazines that I had been saving for collage but I needed the nudge to actually cut them up and get going. The class (a series of videos, prompts, and inspirations) goes step by step in making an art journal. I have written about not loving messy art. But collage – I love collage! And I had this lovely notebook that was gifted to me about two years ago. It is hand bound in such a way that it lays flat. And the paper is perfect – a little heavier than regular journal paper. So I spent a few hours cutting and tearing out images, looking for words, and gluing things in place. It has been a wonderful place to dwell, to linger, and to disconnect.
I had not made the connection between my word – DWELL – and the act of disconnecting. But as I trimmed and glued and slowly paged through those magazine, I realized that they go hand in had. I cannot dwell when I am too busy or distracted. I cannot dwell when my brain is overflowing with lists and ideas and worries. I need this kind of space, the kind where you are not watching the clock or finishing a project on a deadline, in order to fall into dwelling.
I am only four lessons into this class. There are sixteen to go. I am not in a hurry. I imagine this will take me another 6-8 weeks and that is perfect. I will dwell in the simplicity of tearing paper and glueing it down. I will dwell in the words that come up when I look at the colors and images and quotes I have added to this notebook.
Looking forward to catching up with Honoré and friends today.
I read this book last month and over the last few weeks, I keep thinking of this man and the way he held on to hope. I want that hope. So, as I head into the weekend, I will share some bits of fiber and color that are helping color my world right now. I also want to say that I know that it is a privilege to be able to distract my head and heart with fabric and yarn. I also believe that nobody wins if I give up chasing hope.
Thanks to a good dose of rain, our air has begun to clear up. I was able to get outside for two short walks this weekend and have begun to dream of digging in the garden. I have been inspired by blog posts and a new to me gardening show. Many years ago, we dug and dug and claimed a garden space. Then there were a few years when gardening didn’t happen and so the space needs to be reclaimed. My goal is to get things cleaned up so I can return to gardening next spring.
After some contemplation, I ordered this planner/notebook. I saw a post somewhere that said buying a 2021 planner is a sign of hope. This one has monthly calendars and then undated pages. I don’t really need the page per day that most planners provide. I think I have a plan for this notebook but won’t write about it just yet. I am enjoying Katie’s Monday posts and the fun peek into the journaling/planner life of the commenters.
Now that the skies have cleared up, I need to get back to meal planning and blogging and routines. Happy Monday. Hope this week brings outside time for you – perhaps with the need for a sweater and wool socks!