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a little bit of everything

September 5, 2021

winter is coming – time to fatten up

the rose hips are abundant

the dark purple hollyhocks are almost finished

I’ve been collecting them all summer – 500 gms. of frozen blossoms

dyed 100gms. of 2 ply handspun mulberry silk a soft greyish purple

to be used as a warp with the cochineal/lac dyed silk on the right

this is the last of the flowers and it is lighter in colour than earlier in the yearthe weaving pattern is twill and lace blocks

I’m trying to decide which of the two gold silks to use as the accent colour

the Victoria guild is doing an on-line “sheep to shawl” contest and I was honored to be one of three judges

we judged individually with the coordinator in her garden following all covid protocols

thank you Brenda for all your time and organizing efforts

it reminded me of my first sheep to shawlnewspaper clipping is dated 1982 – that’s why I look so young! (back left)

five of us traveled to Abbotsford on the mainland in an old VW van

with a pre-warped 4 harness floor loom, 5 spinning wheels and overnight gear – we came in 2nd

the photo shows us going again the second year – after that we arranged our own competition on Salt Spring Island

fond memories – how many years have I been doing this?

perfect camouflage

can you see the tiny, white spider (upper right) with the little round body that looks like the flower center?

with the exception of his black eyes he is almost translucent

(click on picture to enlarge)

the hardy cyclamen are popping up everywhere

tomorrow is Labour Day – I’m going to wind the warp


10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2021 7:15 am

    Beautiful yarn – I love the grey and pink together.

    I love looking at old photos, too, although somehow 1982 doesn’t seem so long ago.


  2. September 6, 2021 9:16 pm

    Wonderful harvest basket of your fine wares – may Fall, be full of delightful foliage colours, the last of the summer blooms and so forth. It’s Spring in New Zealand, but today it’s gone back to dreariness – with rain. However, over the back fence and further into that persons’ yard a magnificent “Magnolia” has rushed to give us a wonderful show….


    • September 6, 2021 10:46 pm

      Catherine – it remains to be seen if we get fall colours this year with the excessive heat in the summer the leaves are already starting to fall before they change colour. a very strange year all around. Just hoping we don’t get some crazy weather in the winter.

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    September 6, 2021 2:58 am

    Lovely photos as usual Jean. Those purple shades are stunning and will go beautifully together. That sheep to shawl competition sounds interesting and fun – probably more fun in hindsight since I imagine it is quite frenetic and nerve-wracking!


  4. September 5, 2021 7:35 pm

    Doesn’t it suddenly feel like fall!? I liked your first Sheep to shawl photo and article, you Salt Spring Lamb, you!!


    • September 5, 2021 8:53 pm

      Kjerstin – don’t think any of us were very lamb like. That crazy ride in the van was definitely a highlight – the shawls were raffled off and the shearer bought our shawl for his wife. There have been a lot of fleeces spun since then.

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