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The Planning of a Great Day

I have started to figure out what I plan to do today…other than the mandatory work stuff of course…

I received a gently used copy of Charlotte MacLeod’s (writing as Alisa Craig), The Grub-And-Stalkers Spin a Yarn and I really like the quote they chose for the beginning of the book.

Good-Fortune is a giddy maid,
Fickle and restless as a fawn;
She smooths your hair, and then the jade
Kisses you quickly and is gone.

But Madam Sorrow scorns all this;
She shws no eagerness for flitting;
But with a long and fervent kiss
Sits by your bed – and brings her knitting.

– Heinrich Heine, “Das Glück ist eine leichte Dirne”

I am excited to get in some reading time as I have new issues of Where Women Create and Stuffed magazine to check out.

I have been trying to get a lot of photos organized on Flickr today and found a really nice group called Gorgeous Crafting Details – check it out! The internet is such a great place for inspiration and pulling any day out of a mud puddle. I am constantly inspired by and having a great one-sided love affair with Helle Jorgensen – check out the process on her Linnaeus Coral Garden. It’s making me want to whip out the yarn and continue working on my own neverending coral garden.

I have decided to put down my Super Mario socks and work a bit on a wrap/capelet that I have been freeforming and planning for a while now, and as I mentioned in the last post earlier today. As these things usually go, my ideas change on what I want to do so I did a bit of sketching and now decided that I don’t want to trim the capelet. It might look too vintage. Instead I am going to do something with layers. I ball-wound the two skeins of Louet Kidlin for the poppy flowers that will adorn the capelet but won’t start those until I knit up the second panel in the variegated green Malabrigo then I will work on shaping and how I want to seam everything together. Here are some progress shots:

I have also set aside my palette of fibers to spin my Prince inspired yarn and I have decided to go with Purple Rain. In this basket I have set aside some kid mohair yearling locks I dyed last week and some purple bamboo mill ends with lurex thread in a slightly different shade of blue/purple. Blues and purples can be so funny sometimes. I think that I will always have a bit of a messed up way of looking at them. This comes from my experience in Kindergarten. My teacher always identified blue as purple and purple as blue. I have no idea why but in such a stage of discovery in my life…it has left me sometimes reeling back to that same place. For the record:

This is purple: 

This is blue:     

Anyhow, on with the fiber palette:

I also managed to finish up a couple Transcends yarns that will hit the shop with the next update. They are characterized by what would be long colour repeats except that each colour appears only once, but they do follow a theme:

Earlier this week I was talking about how my friend Michelle had asked me to work on a group project to turn an old chemisty textbook into an art journal. I luckily have had some time to work on it ..here are some shots.

The cover – unaltered:

My contribution so far: