Saturday, February 2, 2008

It's all about color

Brown, brown, brown and maybe a little gray thrown in for relief. That's Kentucky at this time of year. In a month we'll start seeing shades of green in the grass and flower beds and the maple trees will have fat red buds on the branches. We live in the Bluegrass area of the state, so we have gently rolling hills and many, many trees. Green is the color of spring and autumn is all about golden yellows and reds. I've been spinning autumn this week. I had just a little bit of roving left from a dyeing binge I went on more than a year ago and it is easy to see in the resulting skein that the colors of autumn are my favorites. This skein has been my companion all week. I know I'm not alone in this, so I'll go on and confess. When I spin up something I especially love, I just have to keep looking at it. So, for a time, it goes nearly everywhere with me---even in the car! I'm having trouble figuring out what to do with this skein because there's only about 150 yards. That means most likely a hat, unless I combine it with something else and use it as an accent. Now, I wear a hat every day at this time of year, but I wear it to stay warm when I am feeding the sheep or doing barn work, which means the hat ends up being trashed with bits of hay and straw. I'm torn between having a hat I really love and can wear every day, or saving it to be knit into something I'll use sparingly, but that will stay nice longer. It has the potential to end up in the permanent stash if I can't make a decision.

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