Search for perfect wool can be endless - as my needs change from project to project, as do my expectations of wool. Right now I need naturally colored, un-dyed pure wool that felts nicely, that is soft and wearable against the skin, and affordable in price. That is. And I had to order a try out skein of Lion Brand Collection Pure Wool, which comes only in one color that nature created - "natural".
So excited to start making my project with it!
The color of natural fiber as mother nature intended it to be. Even with all my love for bright colors, I confess, that at any given time, anything natural (color in this case) would be my last choice... ;)
I started decorating my newly gifted didgeridoo. First, I used up-cycled leather for two stripes - at the bottom of the instrument and at the top. I'm adding a crocheted strap, that is going to be attached to either leather piece, - for carrying my didge around. At the top part I also tied a silk string with Aurora Borealis beads and wooden beads - for some sparkly dangle while in action! Hopefully, next week I'll get some beeswax to make the mouthpiece, which is now missing, - I can't really play without it - the opening is way too large, and the sound is not right.
Seriously considering getting a wood burning tool - to burn out dotty designs all over... What joy it is to spend some time with this toy! ;) Life!
Adding an amazing video of healing magical sounds of Didgeridoo played by Jeremy Donovan, who is aboriginal artist. See the video to awe and enjoy!
And these guys are unreal!!! Their energy is soooo thick!!! watch them play! One more here ;)
Another amazing artist Adele, from Paris - she plays on the streets - video, she's incredible!!!
Yesterday I gave thanks, and I received a gift from my dear friends Yasha and Yulya in a form of the most wanted by me musical instrument - didgeridoo!!! How happy I am!!! Now I need to make a mouthpiece out of wax, and add some decoration on it.
Yasha & Yulya. Yasha plays various instruments easily, but the didge was sitting untouched, as he said he never heard anyone getting a sound out of it before me. Thank you, dear people, I love you! It sure is a cherished gift for me.
These are some beautifully decorated didgeridoos, wouldn't you say? :)
Enough t-shirts accumulated, finally, to let me start crocheting new rug. I'll try to think through the colors this time, as I have a pile of stuff I can cut into yarn, from which I can create color patterns. So far, it has been black/brown/green earthy shades... Will see if there's going to be enough of only those colors to keep the rug in the colors of a cartoonish forest ;)
Yay for colors!!!
(on this Thanksgiving day, I also am grateful to enjoy color!)
I'm thankful for yet another opportunity to give thanks, especially on a day, when so many people are aware of their gratitude to whatever they're grateful for... anything and everything, - it's a great feeling, truly! I'm wishing you a happy holiday! :)
I found this plate of dinner made by Sarah through google, isn't it yummy ;))))
I will be enjoying everything else, but turkey itself, being a vegetarian. I will knit a little scarf for an imaginary turkey, a symbolic proclamation of compassion to a living creature. I'm thankful to have come to realize that the illusion of superiority of homo sapience ends when the evidential existence of another life is a fact.
I have been experimenting with yarns as long as I can remember myself knitting. The touch, the thickness, the care - it all plays important role in making and wearing a garment. Over the years I came to conclusion, that 100 % wool yarns are not necessarily the best option, when hand knitting a piece of clothing or accessory, especially, when an item is going to be worn against the skin. I have found, that yarn blends are so much more convenient and easier to use and care for, especially for such things as hats. I have a custom request from my beautiful friend Katya - she wants me to knit a really chunky hat with pom-poms here and there, and I can't imagine making one out of pure thickest bulkiest wool, - it simply will be too hot to wear, and, quite possibly, too heavy and even itchy. Will she be able to lift her head, if I use 200 grams of, say, thick alpaca? I don't think so! ;) Plus, you can only hand-wash wool, or else it will felt and shrink! Still in search for perfect super bulky yarn for her. Here are some yarns, mostly pure wool, great color choices, but not exactly what I'm looking for. Just an eye candy :)
Today was one of those days, that I call Half-and-Half - morning was oh so sunny - filled with sunny people, reflecting in all directions as the Sun itself was high and bright in the sky; and the afternoon said "i feel gloomy" and even shed some tiny drops of tears. Color! It saves the half-and-half day sometimes! ;) And connecting with a sunny person..
I was meeting with Dina today - she kindly ordered custom-made cat-hat and the mitts. What a happy person she is! To add to her lovely natural cheerful beauty, she's also a burner and a great photographer.
Do check out her pictures, they're pleasing to all the senses that can be pleased through our eyes ;)
Doesn't it feel nice to be outside at anytime, even when the weather is having mood swings, bringing cold air, wind and, before we know it, snow? Nothing is better than some fresh air, even if its cold. Cozy up with layers, wrap yourself in chunky goodness of knits, i say!
I make friends with winter, I'm happy to, bring on the snowflakes, I'll catch them with my tongue! ;)
I think I found perfect chunky yarn by Lion Brand - great selection of color, lightweight, machine - washable and dry-able, cozy and warm - what more can a knitter, or a wearer, for that matter, ask for? Off to my projects, stay tuned for the pictures of new hats in the making! Good day and lots of sunshine in your soul!
I must mention a tumblr page of a person, whose vision of life is expressed on that website with pictures, and this is where I take so many of the images I post here and save in my "Inspiration" folder on my hard drive. I feel lucky to have discovered Cosmic Dust and grateful to her for sharing anything and everything that she does. And the fact that she lives in an Earth Ship just puts my impression and awe with her over the top! ;) Love and light to you, Cosmic Dust creature ;) I hope you will enjoy her page as much as I do. Happy browsing!
...sparkles! It's blues, it's jazz, it's lullaby, it's here to announce another season. But who wants to let go of Summer? I say I weave little sparkle, little glow, little rainbow and off I go!
This cuff bracelet is just what's needed to not feel gloomy, but sunny ;) Crocheted and then felted of pure softest buttery to the touch alpaca yarn, embroidered with Aurora Borealis vintage beads. Enchanting! Wearing it today to the Tribal Market party - the whole night of yoga, dance, and energy swaps between beautiful creatures! Will see if this fellah raises any questions about me being overly happy expressing myself ever so brightly ;) Till next time!
How are November blues with you? Well, here's what they're doing to me :))) - I'm at the point of feeling mute in color - think sepia, beige, off-white, grayish brown AND, at the same time, wanting to add specks of brightness to everything, just a tad.. for sparkle in the cold air, for butterfly effect, if I may say so ;)