Archive for February, 2010

Hail to the Silk Worm

February 27, 2010

I spent some of my day today spinning silk at the farm.

I belong to a spinning and dyeing group which meets every Saturday at a local city farm – it’s kinda cool sitting spinning the fleece of the alpaca that your watching through the window.

Today I was presented with silk caps – the finest fibre I’ve ever played with – it was so pure and white and strong and I was able to spin the finest threads.  I then made a navaho ply of the thread and it is still thinner than any wool I have spun.  The next phase will be to dye the skeins with something from the dye garden – I love the organicness of the process.

There will be more about the farm as this continues – it’s so nice to break up the week by entering this lovely feminine world – I find London very masculine most of the time – it reminds me of my other life living in hippy rural Australia.  A group of women – all ages sharing knowledge and skills and stories.  It reaffirms how wonderful we woman are.

Morning!

February 24, 2010

Welcome to Pete’s blog – plan to share my musings on life, London, adventures, misadventures and crafty bits.

It may take me a while to get going, but one has to start somewhere.

I’ll start by sharing a photo of what this little land locked Piscean misses the most about home, Oz – as this winter seems to be endless I lament sunshine and have almost forgotten what if feels like to have sun upon your flesh.

This is what I miss the most.  That and the sound of Kookaburra’s at dusk.