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.
This evening when I was sitting with the sheep and goats I took this picture of Essex and this saying came to mind,
"Listen to your heart and dance."

Perhaps this time I will.


Nancy K. said...

I hear you.

I LOVE Essex!!

Doreen said...

Essex is just lovely!

You are so right..you never know what might happen unless you take the chance and try it!

Best of luck with your new endeavors. Love your blog!


Kara said...

Oh you have the back to school blues! I hear you. I often think about the possiblities for our sheep and fiber and think all in good time... Good luck for the beginning of the school year.

kristi said...

Thank you for always stopping by!!

thank you for coming by and leaving a comment!!! I think a new endeavor will do me good:)

yes, it is the blues:( I keep thinking about your alpaca blend...

Caroline said...

Good luck with your school year. I teach high school kids so I hear a lot of B. S. too.

Your sheep are beautiful.