Study for Meditation Mat

Study for Meditation Mat
Handspun Tapestry Weaving

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Oh, The Places I Go, The Sights I See!

I managed to complete one knitting project for SOAR while we were away, but I'm still plugging away at the cast off border of my cotton shawl.  I visited knitting and fibre shops, but didn't buy a skein of yarn or puff of fibre.  I'm making a valiant attempt to work only with my hand spun yarns and I have enough fibre stash to stock a shop all on my own. Besides, SOAR is coming up in a few weeks.  That conference will likely be a once in a lifetime event for me and I'm not expecting to attend without spending a dollar or two in the merchant mall!  

When I wasn't knitting on our travels, I spent my days outside, hand ginning the brown cotton bolls which spins4fun brought me at Olds Fibre Week.  I love working with this cotton; it's a bit inconsistent in length and colour, so the yarn I spin with it on my tahkli follows the same path.  It's rustic, fitting for outdoor, travelling spinning:

I also love playing with coloured ink pencils and blocks, working in a tiny 3 inch x 5 inch sketchbook, capturing my impressions of the places we stay and the sights we see.  I take a lot of my inspiration from Mother Earth.  My sketches aren't anything special, but they capture memories and colours which catch my eye and are references for the times when I'm sitting at home, working on projects:

They also remind me of how fortunate I am to walk in this world and to be able to take the journeys I am given.



  1. I like your little paintings. They would be great studies should you ever feel inspired to do bigger works. But even as a document of your journey's they are wonderful!

    1. Thank you. It's funny, every time I try to use these for larger works, the planned painting is never as good. I guess I need the immediacy of time and place. They do work very well as inspiration for fibre pieces.