Celebrating the season…..mud

needlefelting yellowI’m all for celebrating the seasons through craft. I love to embrace the colour, themes and light throughout the changing year, but….you could hear that coming, right?……mud season really challenges me.

jacobs brown on wheel

There is less light, there’s bare earth, bare sticks… and mud. Brown seems to grab more of its share at this time of year. Give it it’s due, it’s not just one shade. There are many shades, but it is still brown.

red berries in JanuaryBefore you shout, yes I know there are other colours out there. I spend my time outside photographing them at every opportunity I have. It’s just that brown is influencing my crafting choices at the moment.

jacobs sheep homespun chunky yarnI’m spinning up a Jacobs sheep fleece. Separating out the brown and the cream. Trying to make it chunky, when I’d rather be spinning it fine, because this project needs thick wool. The unevenness will not show by the time I have finished.

knitting up jacobs sheep chunky yarnFortunately, Eldest has decided that she is the queen of carding, so she prepares the wool, while I spin and knit it. She can roll a mean rolag, ready for spinning. The finished homemade item will be hers. I’m getting through the project faster with her help and enthusiasm.

But it’s the brown. Concentrating on it for so long, can become a little too much, at this time of the year.

Oh, how I’m yearning bright colours.

(bury head in colourful wool)

wool for felting colourfulSo sneaking in a truly colourful needlefelting project ready for Candlemas/Imbolc next week. A riot of colour always lifts the spirits.

Now, that does feel better!

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