Dream on… Three Things Thursday

I’m sure that, based on the books I read as a child, autumn is supposed to be full of blustery days suitable for kicking up leaves on a beautiful sunny walk. I’m pretty certain that it’s not supposed to involve dragging a reluctant dog out in the drizzle and them having to sluice him down afterwards because he’s filthy even though we only walked on tarmac. I’m also certain that it’s not supposed to involve needing to put the light on at 3pm because it’s too gloomy to see the computer keyboard (ok the books of my childhood did not involve computers, but you know what I mean!). The season of mellow fruitfulness is, once again, turning out to be the season of things decaying slowly and then blowing away.

So, I’m trying to think of some lovely positive things to focus on and, thus, I thought I’d follow the lead of Emily over at Nerd in the Brain and share with you my ‘Three things Thursday’, in her words:

three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy

So, without further ado…

I don’t muck about when I’m inspired by a new project, so the dreamcatcher top that I made a start on the other day has progressed well.

Round and round - weaving a dream

Round and round – weaving a dream

I’m loving how easy it is to work on, and I’m amazed how well the random colour combination is working, considering that its choice involved grabbing 10 lots of wool from a few drawers. Of course, each round takes progressively longer, but I’m sure it will be finished pretty soon and my stash will be that much smaller.

The second thing I’m grateful for this week is the skill of Hannah at Spinning a Yarn. On Saturday I asked her if she could spin some more of the Portland wool for me so I could make a hat to match my neck warmer. By Sunday morning she’d already made one hank and by Wednesday I had two hanks in my hand. How about that for service?

These were still fleece less than a week ago!

These were still fleece less than a week ago!

And finally, I’m celebrating being inspired by other bloggers (especially those of you who are sharing pictures of a world without drizzle). Today I have been at a party hosted by “A Momma’s View”… I’ve met all sorts of interesting people and some of them have already been here to visit. It was lovely to see some different blogs and learn some new things… do pop over if you get chance, I’m sure you’ll be more than welcome at the party and you’ll meet some lovely new people.

So, thank you Emily for the inspiration to look on the bright side… sometimes we all need a reminder!

It’s Wovember

Yes, that’s right, it’s not a typo.

This month is being dedicated to celebrating wool… real wool, that comes from sheep. Not from goats or rabbits or lamas or petro-chemicals, but good old sheep. According to the Wovember website

Twovemberhe idea is to show our collective appreciation of WOOL by wearing as much of this fabulous fibre as possible, and celebrating WOOL and its unique qualities in stories and pictures throughout the month of November. We hope that through our enthusiasm and creativity we can raise awareness of WHAT MAKES WOOL DIFFERENT, and jointly create a force for WOOL APPRECIATION strong enough to effect changes in how garments and textiles are described and marketed.

So, this month I’m planning two projects using two 100% British wools, both from small producers.

First, I’m finally going to get round to working up the hand-spun Portland wool from Hannah at Spinning a Yarn. I have settled on crocheting a neckwarmer and hat using a pattern from AG Handmades. In fact, I might need a bit more yarn, but I know Hannah has more of the fleece and so she can spin me some more if necessary (how cool is that?).

This month's projects

This month’s projects

And second, I received my latest yarn from Burrow and Soar this morning. It’s not ideal for socks because it is 100% wool (which is not tough enough alone for heels and toes), so I’ve found a wonderful pattern from Knitty for fingerless mittens that I’m going to use. If I have enough left over, I’ll also make a beret from this pattern… in fact I can make this by including a contrasting yarn if I don’t have enough. For the first time, the Burrow and Soar wool has arrived in the form of a ‘blank’ – a piece of knitting that has been hand-dyed and needs to be frogged and balled up before use. I will wash it gently to get the kinks out before re-knitting it into the mittens I have chosen. This is what the blank currently looks like:

Colourway: Colourless Green Dreams Sleep Furiously

Colourway: Colourless Green Dreams Sleep Furiously

It will be really interesting to see what it looks like when converted to a completely different shape.

However, before I can get on with these exciting creations, I want to finish a pair of socks using some of the yarn that I received from The UK Hand Knitting Association for my winning picture. (but sshh… it’s 75% wool and 25% polydamide to make the socks hard-wearing).

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