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August 31, 2020

I’m back – better late than never

 it is hard to believe that tomorrow is September – and Summer is slipping away

it has been a rather frustrating couple of weeks

the car battery died, it was old! – but son James came to the rescue and brought a new one

then an outdoor tap started leaking alarmingly – it was old too – and James was back to replace it

it is wonderful to have handy sons who don’t mind rescuing Mom occasionally

my almost new and expensive camera is doing weird things – James can’t fix that

the printer ran out of ink – had to order it online- it only took a week to get here by Canada Post

so — I’ve been spinning to stay calm

I finished all the natural dyed silk hankies – a fine, soft 2 ply – a nice blend of colours

then a singles Pima cotton spun a few years ago plied with an extremely fine reeled Japanese silk

and cotton and wool dyed with Hopi sunflower seeds (Helianthis annuus) my gardening neighbour brought to me

she had to order the seeds, plant and grow them just for me to dye

with only one flower (there are a couple more to come) to collect the seeds from I’m not sure the dye bath was very strong

in her book “A Weaver’s Garden” Rita Buchanan writes “the dye seems better suited to cellulose than protein fibers”

 but the wool took the colour better, it is a light purple-y grey

and I finished spinning and plying 100 gms. of a  very fine 2 ply Muga silk

 now I have nothing to spin – so off to find some fibre

N.B. – true to this week – half of this blog disappeared – and I know it was posted because it had 2 comments

beginning to wonder if it is safe to get out of bed!

try posting again


12 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    September 2, 2020 3:06 am

    Very Autumnal here too. Why is it that when one thing breaks down several others promptly follow suit? I have many skills but there are some repairs which I don’t feel able to tackle and having family or neighbours who can help is very reassuring.


    • September 2, 2020 8:34 am

      Sue – I am mechanically challenge, son James can fix most things and is happy to help. I try not to wear out my requests for help.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        September 3, 2020 2:53 am

        It is tricky isn’t it to know when it is a gift to allow someone to help and when it is a nuisance.


      • September 3, 2020 10:31 am

        Sue – there may come a time when I need help and don’t have a choice – don’t want to “wear out my welcome”.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        September 6, 2020 2:42 am

        Oh I do understand that!


      • September 6, 2020 8:19 am

        Sue – 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. September 2, 2020 12:43 am

    Oh, I have weeks like that. Hope it improves quickly. Hugs


    • September 2, 2020 8:36 am

      Dawn – thanks for the hug, don’t get enough of them at this time.Fingers crossed, all seems to be under control.


  3. August 31, 2020 2:40 pm

    I can’t believe it is September tomorrow either! It has not been a delightful couple of weeks downhill from you either…maybe fall will be better.


    • August 31, 2020 2:52 pm

      Kjerstin – I hope you all are well and things are getting better. Must be the phase of the moon.


  4. August 31, 2020 2:01 pm

    Love the colour blend on that top one, so soft and delicate. Today is the first day of spring for us, now we have the heat and the Wet to look forward to. Never mind, summer brings more flowers, and my hippeastrums are full of big fat red buds, the callistemon is full of rosellas squawking and eating the white flowers and the Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow is flowering beside the back porch, smelling delicious.


    • August 31, 2020 2:55 pm

      Kate – it is definitely feeling Fall-ish but September can be a beautiful month so fingers crossed. Your flowers sound wonderful.


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