On Tuesday nights, I go to a lovely little knitting/crocheting circle with a few other gals. It’s a fun group and between us all there are lots of ideas, patterns, yarn and laughs to share. My friend Brooke, is an amazing fiber artist…seriously, it’s wicked crazy what this woman is capable of. She’s a one woman show…teacher, knitter, quilter, business owner (Sincere Sheep | Naturally Beautiful Yarns & Fibers) and maker of many beautiful things, especially her yarn. Her yarns are gorgeous…true works of art in themselves. She hand dyes all her fiber, most of which is locally sourced, in her backyard with all natural dyes. I have yet to experience the process first-hand, but I’ve always imagined Brooke standing over caldrons bubbling with soaking wool and a big stirring stick…something very pagan and awesome.
She does the whole “fair” circuit: Renegade Craft Fair, Bazaar Bizarre and CA Wool & Fiber Festival among many others here on the west coast. So when she asked me to make some crocheted Cuffs and “Ball of Yarn” Prints for two upcoming fairs this weekend; Maker Faire and CNCH, I agreed with gusto. She offered me her own yarn to use for the cuffs, which of course made me giddy. The colors are as vibrant and rich as jewels.
I had a couple weeks notice to get things rolling on this project and so being the creative optimist that I am, I figured that I could surely attain my lofty goal of 20 cuffs and 40 prints. It was definitely in the realm of the possible, had I not gotten severely attacked by my allergies, the kids had not gotten colds (again!) or my husband didn’t go out of town for work (of course this all happened at once) during this time. But alas, that is life. I got about half of my goal completed and I’d say that’s a pretty good start. Next time, maybe I’ll be more realistic and allow for some unforeseen curve balls. I should know better by now!