I've decided the best way to get over the misery of an unusually hot and completely dry PNW summer is to look forward to the fall.
I love autumn. Maybe it's because I'm an October baby. Maybe it's because I'm a teacher, and autumn has always been a "start fresh" period of time. I don't know, but does it really matter?
Autumn is my time of preparation.
- The closets get cleaned and reorganized. Sweaters get cleaned and mended.
- The garden gets harvested. We can and freeze loads of jams, sauces, veggies into all kinds of goodies that will remind us of summer in the middle of winter.
- The yarn shelves get washed down and the craft/ studio space gets cleaned out.
- I start creating a plethora of Pinterest inspiration boards for everything from autumn color to fall stew recipes. (I love Pinterest. It's one of my favorite time sucks.)
The funny thing is, that I end up using summer to prepare for Autumn Preparation. Yeah, I know. I've stopped trying to figure it out. Basically, I live for autumn and that's that. Naturally, this leads to a pile of "works in progress."
- Sewing: I'm quilting a table runner using fabrics I dyed with indigo, and bundle/ eco-printed
- Knitting: I have a Find Your Fade shawl in progress (why did I start that thing?? It's soooo huge!) using handspun and a couple of commercial yarns. I also have a Knusa shawl by Bristol Ivey, from a Taproot Magazine issue in progress (almost done)
- Weaving: I've got warp on the loom for dish towels. I'm telling you - handwoven dishtowels are the BEST! I have towels I wove in 1989 that are just now starting to look worn.Totally worth the time investment. Some will be a gift. The rest are likely to end up in the shop.
- Spinning: I started working on a lamb fleece I bought at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival two years ago. I really want to finish that. It's not going to give me as much yardage as I had hoped, but that's ok. However-- spinning for the shop has to happen first.
The studio "works in progress" include:
- Knitting: 1 cowl pattern in writing/ editing progress using the Kanin base (80/20 merino/ angora squishy softness) plus some sampling of new colorways and yarn bases
- Dyeing: silk prep for an eco printing class I'm scheduled to teach at the Kirkland Arts Center on August 19-20; autumn colorways on all yarn bases, spinning fibers, and two custom orders. It's like yarn central around the studio. Stuff is hanging everywhere!! (OK - it's really fun to be surrounded by color)
- Spinning: Samples for three new fibers I'll be carrying. I am so excited!! Charollais, Horned Dorset (both white) and naturally grey Finn (my favorite, I think). BEYOND delicious.
- Weaving: maybe towels (see above)
- Sewing: project bags! And bags just because I felt like making them.
- In the planning stages: self striping yarns, spinning batts from my own little flock, teas, and expanded studio space
What season is your favorite? How do you prepare for it?