Wet and Cold

this morning around 5:30am we were woken up by rain and hail on the tin roof and lightning illuminating the bush around the house. i didn't feel like going back to bed after we checked that everything was  okay outside, so i put a couple of woolly jumpers on and went to the studio to do some spinning…..

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this is a beautiful fine black merino fleece which was on the sheep for  2 years and the tips are bleached from the sun and extremely dirty – full of grass seeds and burrs…..

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i take a bit at a time, cut the dirty tips off and spin it straight from the fleece without carding…..i love my textured yarns, full of character….

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by the time it was light outside and time for breakfast the rain had stopped, leaving puddles and drops….

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i was reflecting on my urge to bring the knitting out as soon as the summer is over and the spinning wheel when it gets cold and wet……is this a sign of being in tune with nature?

but no matter how much i love to knit and spin my longing for warmer climates is even stronger. this is the time of year when i dream of going up north……we usually spend 2 weeks around easter camping on the beaches of the ningaloo reef. this year we stayed home to spend time with family……and last year we spend 5 weeks in the kimberly in july/august…..total bliss…..ideally i would love to spend the whole winter months up there….but for the time being it's back to dreaming……

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oh….and i am so glad that emily and banjo and i had our inspirational indulgence yesterday when the weather was still sunny………

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