Wednesday, October 26, 2011

and here be October.

I thought I would switch up the post title from having the word 'new' in it.  Y'know, for a little change of pace.

But I do have quite a few 'new' things to show off!  I hope you don't mind.

The last 6 weeks have flown.  As in I feel like I was transported via sonic blip to this particular moment.  I know everything which happened over the last six weeks (at least, I think I remember most of it, at least what happened while I was awake) but it feels somehow like I've just sort of arrived here and have a few moments to ponder things before taking off again.

In no particular order -

I was fortunate enough to take a lovely trip southward near the end of September into October.  It was fabulous!  I haven't really gone on an extended vacation for many many years.  Since Anne and I have been working together for several years, we decided it would be good to get together at some point so I flew to New Mexico.  We had a wonderful time.  The scenery was beyond my wildest expectations and changed depending on the light, the direction, location... really remarkable.

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We divided our time between Anne's home, Santa Fe, Taos and Los Alamos.  Attending the Sheep & Wool Festival in Taos was very nice, as was the local shopping in Taos which offered a huge variety and a lot of local talent is showcased.

It was really an amazing trip.  I even enjoyed the flying - the last time I flew was with a one-year-old scratching at his mother because the turbulence was really getting to him.  This time was very enjoyable and relaxing.  I switched planes in Dallas-Fort Worth which is a very nice airport, very people-oriented with lots to see and do and a large assortment of chairs if you needed to rest.  (Quite a switch from YYZ, frankly).

Let's see - what else.  New Ennea Collective published.  This time we focused on colour.  All of our projects used different methods to spin and utilize coloured rovings for different effects.  It was a lot of fun.  We will be doing more with colour in the future, Im sure.  I'm still working on one pattern/project which I hope will be available over the next week or so.  Our next issue will publish in December.

Once I returned from New Mexico my focus was on Oceanwind Knits - lots of new items!  Save 10% until the end of October.

And then, it was onto renovations.  With some help from the boys and a few neighbour gals, we have gotten a new look going in our upstairs bathroom.  It had many great features (if you like old houses) but they were not played out to their advantage (most definitely not...  eek).

Here are a few shots:







So you can see which side is the good side.  ;)  Not the greatest of photos taken by a very tired photographer with a cell phone, but you get the picture.  If you can believe it, the walls were originally a bland beige and the window frames and trim were a very dull dark navy blue.  Next on the bathroom agenda will be tiling the tub and finishing the other half as well as new sheers for the windows.  I have been waiting five years to have a crack at this room so I'm thrilled to be finally getting to it.

And now we're into fall activities, which in our house include more renovations, much knitting and spinning and designing, hopefully some weaving thrown in for balance.  My kind of fall.  :)

I hope to be back soon with some up-to-date project info as well as new hand-spun goodies.