November ushers in the season of subtle color and quiet. Nature finds a way forward though. Persistence and trying another way, nature shows the way without words.
Seeing a mature bittersweet vine which scarred and help fell a young tree with its twining, climbing heavy vine – well, that concept can be knit into a cabled pattern for a center panel of a sweater.
“The more one sows, the greater the harvest” was seen appliquéd onto an award-winning showstopper of a quilt not too long ago. A salute to the dedication and creativity intertwined as stitched by Raenette Kramer of Athol, Mass. – surely inspired by nature and all she observes, then patiently makes visible with a combination of hand and machine stitching. Just amazing.
At this year’s Fiber Festival of New England, finding a fleece, then using a drop spindle for the spinning is the goal. To harvest tips about what is involved to produce quality fiber and how to select a fleece. Then to spend time to listening to what kind of yarn it wants to become – and spin that for knitting in the season of cold ahead.