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February 1, 2020

 January departed, not with a bang but with an “atmospheric river”

overnight we were battered with strong winds and a deluge of rain

the back garden is flooded – thank goodness the house is dry!

lichen swells in the rain

each day on my walk around the neighborhood I collect a handful of windfalls

ready to dye

Bowker Creek was running high and swift and the ducks were hiding in calmer waters

the crows had gathered by the dozens, under a stormy sky

indigo blue

the creek runs behind Oak Bay senior secondary

and the running track backs onto the municipal work yard

the mural is very clever

do you see the box with legs, on the skateboard?

 just one of the images would make an interesting tapestry

spinning by the fire in the evenings

silk and wool ready to dye

such a delight to spin that I bought another 100gms. of the silk

and 200gms. of Bluefaced Leicester from Knotty by Nature –

it is a joy to spin, so clean and well prepared

it came from the Laxton wool mill in the U.K. –

I’ll be back for more

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2020 4:23 am

    Wet days are the perfect excuse to stay indoors by the fire and do something creative. I hope though that it stops before you get any wetter.


    • February 3, 2020 8:49 am

      Sue – we live in a temperate rain forest so rain is a given but this was exceptional, I still managed to get a walk in every day. Sitting by the fire spinning is a calming way to ignore the maelstrom outside while worrying about the sump pump stopping or the drains getting blocked.

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  2. February 2, 2020 7:52 am

    I’m glad you are dry inside! That mural would make a fun quilt project too! I keep lurking in the background here and trying to work up the courage to dip my toe in on weaving. I am amassing much information on technique and color mixology. However, I think I may take the easy way in by making (purchasing?) a small table loom and some yarn to start.

    Where are my wings; what did I do with my feather?


    • February 2, 2020 10:54 am

      Hi Lynda – Here’s what I tell my students “what do you have to lose, it’s not life threatening, time is rushing on, throw caution to the wind, jump off the cliff and fly.” Can you join a guild, find a class or someone to teach/help get you warped? Guilds sometimes have looms they loan or rent as do local activity centers and night classes. It is the type of learning that benefits from some expert help to get started. Good luck, make it a fun experience – life is too serious.

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  3. February 1, 2020 3:02 pm

    Such a pretty sheen on the spun silk, like mother of pearl…


  4. February 1, 2020 12:37 pm

    Windy down our way, or we’d all be out making mud pies…


    • February 1, 2020 12:46 pm

      Kjerstin – I didn’t sleep much last night, sounded like a train was going down the back lane. Can imagine that you get even more so near the water.


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