My calendar is by Sabra Field, a Vermont artist whose work graces the walls of other parts of our home, as well. She is a woodcut artist. I am particularly drawn to her Vermont barn and landscape pieces. This one is called Autumn Sunset, and the original print was done in 1988.
I love having this calendar in my home office, as I find her work peaceful and restful and I never tire of it.
Second, a rare occurrence: I had a quiet, restful and restorative -- and very fiberlicious -- weekend. Saturday was spent spinning almost the entire day, complemented with some dyeing and some knitting. I am almost finished the "small intestine" scarf -- so-called because someone in the room I was hanging out in on the Friday night at the hotel in Poughkeepsie/Rhinebeck asked, "Norma, what are you knitting?!" Someone else quipped, "A small intestine." Honestly, I'd had a bit of wine (I bet you're surprised), and I cannot remember exactly who said it, so I won't make any allegations that I cannot swear to. It was hilarious, regardless, and maybe not too far from the truth. I love the yarn (the silk/wool blend Brooks Farm limited edition stuff I bought in Maryland in May) and I think I like the scarf, but I'm not sure it's the best use of that yarn. I'll have to decide later, once it's finished and blocked. Now I know you'll be on the edge of your seat to see the Small Intestine Scarf. Soon.
I started the 2nd Green Mountain Mohair mitten, which, as you can clearly see, is going to be a fraternal, not identical, twin:
Meanwhile, I set up the spinning wheel in the family room and David and I watched a couple of movies -- "Thank You For Smoking" and "Prairie Home Companion" -- both of which I liked (the screenplay and the acting in "Companion" were phenomenal) and both of which were great for spinning and plying and knitting. I spun and plied at least 300 yards (plied yardage) of CVM and merino.
When I got sick of spinning and plying, I knitted a bit, and when I got sick of knitting, I washed and set the twist in the newly-spun yarns and dyed another skein.
I started and ripped out and restarted at least three times the next scarf for the RSP07 (someone in an email or in the comments referred to the Red Scarf Project '07 in that shorthand and I love it). I think I've settled on this. I alternate loving it and being not-so-sure about it (too Gryffindor? too yacht club? too loud for a college kid who might not like to draw attention to him/herself? or is it just right?) but I'm going to stay with it, I think. This is my first multi-directional scarf, and it is a wicked lot o' fun. I was not feeling the love for the gold Backyard Leaves scarf I had started in the gold Aurora Karabella 8 I'm using here. I love the way it looks with the maroonish-colored Lion Fishermen's Wool I dyed, so I ripped out the Backyard Leaves. I still want to make Backyard Leaves, but I feel it deserves to be knit in a better yarn.
The red looks quite like raspberry in this photo, but in reality it's a very nice maroon with a russet tinge to it. Let's hope this goes to a student at one of the several schools for which these are the right colors.