Posted by: Mare F | January 3, 2014

Settling in for winter

As the weather becomes chillier and the sun sets earlier, I find myself settling right in for a long winter of spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and planning. Now that the holidays are safely behind me and the snow is falling I’m very glad that I have the hobbies and provisions to see me through the winter. The stock for my studio needs replenishing, but I find it hard to concentrate on keyhole scarves and balaclavas when there are so many new patterns to create and so much roving waiting to become amazing new yarns. It must be time to pull out my New England upbringing and do my chores before I go out to play.

future projects 001I have been working on my stock, really, I haven’t been avoiding it completely, but my mind is brimming over with ideas so I keep jotting down plans and hope that I remember how I want them to look. I should probably start sketching my ideas…my memory is not what it once was, but then it could be that the projects end up being what they are because my vision of them changes in the time between thought and action. This could make my head hurt if I let it so we’ll just move on.

rouge keyhole 001

Also the urge to go on a fiber hunt is very strong. I have an amazing stash and yet the yarn is calling me. I wonder if it’s temperature related? I do seem to make it through summer without buying as much yarn, but perhaps I’m just working with all of the yarns I’ve gotten through the cold months. Could this be the fiber equivalent of the chicken and the egg? Do you find yourself acquiring more yarn at a certain times of year or are you a year round buyer?



  1. Definitely year round 🙂

    • I think if I was to really think about it, I am too, but I’m starting my year off with a slight delusion. 😉

  2. Reblogged this on SpinningJulie and commented:
    I’m still working with my two alpaca fleeces with smidges of Wensleydale and Leicester Longwool. It is so comforting to spin nice and warm inside when the wind shakes the house and the drifts keep piling up outside.

    • I have some Shetland fleece to process yet, and last fall I went to the NY Wool festival with intention of picking up different rovings and boy, did fulfill my task. You’re so right, there is something very calming about working with wool while the wind howls out side and the temps are frigid. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve the perfect excuse to stay at home and play with my fibers either. 😉

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