Tuesday, August 18, 2009
On Feeling Melancholy
The last week has left me feeling very melancholy and reflective. I have logged over 1,000 miles in driving to NY & MI and it was plenty of time to think about "stuff". Being home this summer has given me the time and opportunity to explore new things in the garden, I made lots of blackberry jelly, I took a needle felting class, and most of all I spent lots of time with the animals.
Sometimes I get frustrated because I have so many ideas and even with the summer off there still is not enough time. And then I get anxiety when I think of how I am going to get it all done once I go back to school, which is this Thursday.
I enjoyed my time at MFF this past weekend, though it was was overwhelming when one sees all the things that can be done with fiber. I fell in love with the 2 balls of roving in the picture above. The blue foam is a form to make needle felted hats. I had purchased the one in the picture at another fiber show and when I saw this booth with the form to make hats and various styles of felted hats, well I am going to give it a try.
I took some of my Black Cotswold and Shetland wool to MFF and located a processor to have it made into roving and batting. I had 10 pounds of Shetland wool done into roving and 22 pounds of Cotswold done into roving and batting. Gee, that was a $200 investment and that was with a $35 discount. It is my first endeavor with my wool but I will never know until I try. I will be taking a wet felted needle class at the end of September to learn how to create felt out of batting. I also signed up for a class on creating a felted wool scarf out of roving in early Sept.
I am looking forward to learning and working with the wool. Perhaps my melancholiness is coming from wanting to connect with my sheep in a manner in which I have not yet. I want and need that connection. My sheep give me so much joy and companionship and I feel so lucky to be able to have them, even if its a few too many.