Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things
Time goes on, the summer and garden fading rapidly with seasonable though still damp days and chilly nights. Sweater weather, just in time to wear the newly finished sweater of yarn spun by me and then knitted by me.
It now sports deer antler buttons made by one of my daughters in law and the sleeves were lengthened from the 3/4 length they were when this was taken to wrist length. A nice addition to the sweater wardrobe of hand knits.
The past weekend was one of my favorites, a group of folks, men and women, have a fiber retreat in Tennessee. The trip there was dicey as the remnants of Hurricane Michael made their way here the morning I was to leave and the first couple of hours of westward travel on the interstate were in heavy rain and the always present semi trucks spraying the water back up as fast as it fell. The retreat is at a state park with delightful cabins in the woods and a conference center that accommodates the 30 or so participants who come to knit, crochet, spin, and other crafts such as spoon carving, needle felting. I attend as a participant and a vendor, selling soaps, salves, yarn, buttons, and knitted items.
There are classes, Brioche knitting, and yoga for the hands then later for the neck and back. It felt so good after those classes I wanted to adopt the instructor and bring her home with me.
One optional activity was making a My Word token. Cards are used to ask questions to help you select your word. My choice was a reminder to myself, the word CALM. To look at when I am stressed, to remind me to take a deep breath, possibly practice some of the yoga.
Once home after the long weekend, relaxed and calmed, the car unloaded, the accounting done, some inventory taken, prices adjusted prior to the next event in a month, I reorganized my spinning wheels so they can be used, not just admired.
This is big sis and little sis, the two quill wheels. One a large walking wheel, the other a smaller sitting hand operated quill wheel. The little Spinolution Pollywog, Miss Polly, sits by my chair with the box loom nearby for my daily craft release.
As fingerless mitts and hats were sold, knitting of more for the fall markets is underway.
One of the items I have wanted for the house is a moveable kitchen island. There really isn’t room for a large one, but yesterday, the one below popped up on my Facebook marketplace and the price was too good to pass up. We drove an hour to see it and because the folks are downsizing and knew how far we drove, they knocked the price down even further. The cabinet came home, fits nicely behind the couch, will provide more cabinet storage for counter top appliances not used daily, and a serving area for holiday meals.
It is a little low to work on but counter space isn’t a problem if I move some of the counter top appliances, and it can be used for cooling bread or canned jars to keep them out of the way.
The chickens are in hard molt, eggs are scarce, but feathers are not. There is some new feather growth being seen. If they don’t all freeze this weekend, they should begin to fill out again soon and some egg production return. It is about time to get new chicks for the spring egg laying and retire these girls.
Peace and calm until next time.