We are 6 months down!   Aaaaaahhhhh, only 6 months to go to make my one Year one Outfit project  and I. Am. Starting.to.Panic.   Just a little. 

This might, might, have something to do with the fact that I am a novice at everything. No wait.  I am a stone cold begineer in all the things.  I’m learning to dye, weave, knit and felt – all in one breath. And well, things seem to be moving at a glacial pace when you are learning.

To catch you up since my last post, I need to show you the results of my wool dye tests……druuuuuuumm roll please…

And just because I tested a few other bits and pieces..

So after all those tests, what did I decide to do?  Well.  I took all 900g of handspun and dyed it with bottlebrush leaves.  Now for those of you paying attention you may recall that my first tangled dyeing disaster was with bottlebrush leaves.  I wasn’t happy with the colour, so I went off for a couple of months, tried everything I could get my hands on, and then, you guessed it, decided I liked the colour after all.  We all change our mind every now and then right!?

The dyeing took a whole week by the time I had scoured, dried, dyed and soaked all 900g.

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My knitting is going slowly as I chose a garment with cables, and yep, you guessed it, I’ve never done cables before!  I am at the point where things are starting to make sense so I hope the pace quickens a little.

In order to wear more than a cardigan (or boob tube as it currently stands)) I also want to get my head around weaving and felting.

I have been following along with @theweavingkind’s challenges on Instagram as incentive to read some tutorials on basic hand weaving.   My first hand weaving efforts were made using a small picture frame.  I have much to learn, much to learn..
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Then this week, I played with the big kids on a real loom at the local weaving, spinning and dyeing group and that was pretty exciting!  I have some basic information to get my head around before the next session and some designing to do, but looming my sample was very exciting!

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I also had a crack at felting at the Toodjay Fiber Festival.  I am excited to be catching up with Sue in the near future who is very close to finish the challenge and has become a ninja felter along the way!

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Finally, I have also been collecting design ideas from nature by taking photos of this beautiful place I live in on instagram. The black swans and floral shapes and colours are just exquisite, my favourite photo so far has to be this one.

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My head is spinning with everything I have learnt, and I feel like more and more of a fiber novice the further I dig!

This challenge would be overwhelming if it weren’t for the support of others joining in.  

–  Did you see Charlottes‘ post on natural dyeing?

–  I hear that Elle has had a bit of a break through in tracking down UK fiber so watch her new blog for more information there.  

– I am loving watching Raquel’s progress on instagram as she has sourced some wool very close to my heart and I cannot wait to see what she does with it, particularly when she keeps producing beautiful images of Peruvian textiles that inspire her and the dye plants she farms. 

–  And I want to welcome Zoe who has just decided to throw her hat in the ring and give this thing a go sourcing UK fibers. 

I would love to know how you are feeling about the challenge?  are you feeling overwhelmed like I am?  Anyone else got more than a boob tube so far?