It's been a decade since I began this blog ... lots of stuff under the bridge and I hope more to come. I'd say the blog is still an UFO, wouldn't you?
In Murray Gell-Mann's Quark and the Jaguar he wrote about the 4 stages of creating creative ideas. It's stuck in the recesses of my mind and I thought maybe you would like to think about it too: "Saturation, Incubation, Illumination and Verification". I can see how this works when I am contemplating a project (see SQUIRRELS below for sweaters and Mindless Crochet for curtains/arch) - from thinking and thinking about something (which flows right into incubation for me), then the aha! of how I can put it together - materials, location (curtains especially or garments) and finally verification when it's become a usable FO. I think the verification is something all designers struggle with - it's all very well and good to come up with a concept but unless you can put it together in a workable fashion, it's not verified. I suppose that's especially true for people who sell garment designs - they need experienced and straight talking testers to verify the instructions are useful for all the sizes and experience levels. I prefer my custom and commissioned work now but when I was in my 20s and 30s it was a different matter.
I've been solar dyeing - for socks and a couple little girl sweaters - the pink is for S and the lavender is for M - both in first grade! I also dyed a Shetland fleece shades of blue, green, lavender and mauve but it's downstairs in my "to-be-processed" box and I am keeping off the stairs unless I absolutely have to. Believe me, it came out beautifully.I may end up combing it to spin rather than processing it into roving. We'll see. I have been spinning Shetland fleeces (white on the saxony, emsket on the PW and brown roving on the e-spinner) with the intent to filling up some bobbins for plying over the winter. I limit myself to only a half hour 2xs daily on the treadles and as much as I can stand with the e-spinner. It's all very lovely and fun.
I've been knitting - solar dyed yarn socks - both plain SS with ribbed cuff and one a bit more interesting - it's a crossed lace on the leg. I haven't gotten far on the legs because SQUIRREL! on ravelry's home page and of course, went there. I'm knitting it on size 6 needles using a dyed blue/green Shetland lamb handspun with a Humble Hills merino handspun. I can't tell you how cushy soft this something-or-another is. I may end up figuring out a way to make it into a sweater. I have plenty of yarn and it's so cushy soft I want to wear it lots! I keep looking at Lemmis' afghan tho and the temptation is great to knit one with all the colors of Shetland I have in stash.
And another SQUIRREL! was a diagonal design that I found some place, wrote down the instructions (was it from Katharine Cobey's Diagonal Knitting?) and dug out another pair of size 6 circs and handspun - both Shetlands this time (the black has alpaca and silk) as well to fool around with it. Another sweater in process? I surely don't wear shawls or shawlettes and I have a favorite scarf so sweater or a vest is the way to go for me.
All of these are mindless knitting.
So of course, I required mindless crocheting to offset it.
I was going thru my hoard of Decorative Crochet and Magic Crochet magazines for some project months ago and bookmarked several. This is Stellar Attraction by Chantal Chevallier (one of my fav doily designers) in the January 1991 Decorative Crochet (issue #19). I crocheted a lot of snowflakes of metallic thread last year for the little girls and still had metallic thread left over. I'm thinking of putting these big doilies together for a curtain and using the little spirals to fill in. We'll see. It's fun to do.
And not shown is a crocheted motif sweater I made using this solar dyed Shetland handspun. It needs to be modelled for the best view and my photographer is off working.
It's cloudy and rainy here so I guess I'll pick a project and curl up with Book TV for entertainment.