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September 17, 2020

it has been a very strange week – like living on another planet

this is the sun at 3pm – smoke from the fires south of us

the smell is always there

and, like fog, sound is muted

Canada Post suspended delivery for 2 days due to poor air quality

 just thankful we don’t have the fires to worry about

I’ve been staying inside but today I needed some fresh/smoky air and did a quick trip around the block

definite signs of Autumn are everywhere

the river birch is peeling – look at the layers, wonderful texture

the neighbour’s garden is bright and beautiful

Autumn crocus are abundant

and the squirrels are frantically gathering – blending in with the lichen

we’ve had rain for the past two nights

mushrooms are scattered along the boulavard – Birch Bolete – edible – but I’ll pass

these are a different bolete

I read somewhere that some of them give a dye but there aren’t enough to try

 then a trip to Knotty by Nature

one of Ryan’s customers brought him an entire bucket of Lobster mushrooms

they give a good dye- shades of pink

I bought 1 1/2 lbs. of Romney wool

it is very clean so I hand carded some and tried spinning but it is quite greasy

tomorrow I’ll soak it in a bucket of hot water to make it easier to spin on the Turkish spindle

I do get excited about some nice fleece

I spun the medium grey Corriedale last week (in the middle)

and then put a skein in the exhaust bath of the dark purple hollyhocks

the camera has trouble capturing the colour but it is khaki –  oh, la la!

the tapestry is progressing, slowly – as tapestries do

and I’m stitching and gathering tightly a meter of the linen fabric to dye a checkerboard pattern

each little bobble has to be wrapped and tied in plastic wrap so this will take some time

I’ll let you know how it goes

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2020 10:26 am

    Wow so many lovely things gong on with you. The bark is amazing.

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    • September 18, 2020 10:58 am

      Cathy – on both sides of the street, old (dying) trees are being replaced with these river birch. They are fast growing and have wonderful bark. With first the heat and now the smoke I’m not walking much – have to do something!

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  2. September 18, 2020 4:16 am

    Love the crimp in the – roving, is it? I hope your orange skies and smoky air clear soon…

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    • September 18, 2020 9:31 am

      Kate – yes, the crimp is beautiful. This is natural locks of wool fleece, other than shearing nothing has been done to it – roving has been cleaned, carded and often dyed (the crimp is no longer visible) – ready to spin. Air quality was off the charts but has gone down somewhat so hopefully with some rain and a wind change things will get better.

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  3. September 18, 2020 3:30 am

    So much smoke! That must be horrible! The bark on that tree looks amazing and it is autuimn here too – lots of hips, haws and berries.

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    • September 18, 2020 9:34 am

      Sue – the smoke is not good, very unhealthy and combined with covid seems to be really affecting peoples mental health. I love this change of season, just not the winter that follows.

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