the photo above was taken yesterday afternoon - one of those brilliant autumn days with skies so blue and flaming colours all over! ok, not in that direction, because there are too few trees to chance colour much. but in our garden the leaves turn yellow or fiery red and some berries, late rosehips and even a late rose blossom peek out of the greenery... I love this time of the year!
and inside there's colour too - I've been messing with my acid dyes and sockwool skeins again:)) it's so much fun to do! no need to mix up large batches, no stirring like mad to avoid blotches and if the colour doesn't turn out quite as expected - what does it matter? the second skein from the left was supposed to be more blue than green, but the green beside it seems to have leaked some dye - which was picked up by the blue. this time the colours are truer to reality - only the one on the right is greener than the real one - which is blue to dark turquoise. right now there is another batch steaming away....
and I finished spinning/plying the batch of cotton/wool mix. I have 800 g now, which should be plenty for the project I want to start. first I have to dye it all though - green tones, but with procion instead of acid dyes, because cotton doesn't take the acids too well.
I am also still working on the school sweater for DS (boring....) and the table mat in linen/cotton, which is more fun because the colours change and it has the herringbone pattern in it.
the sad news is that on last friday our old dog Timmy (14, but pretty fit) was killed by the meter reader:(( he drove his wretched car over her - and didn't even stop to look!:(( I know that accidents happen, but nobody can tell me that you can drive over a medium sized dog that slowly - and not notice anything! it was obvious that she had injured her pelvis as she was barely able to stand on her hind legs. we called the vet and he told us that not only did she have a broken pelvis, but also broken ribs and a punctured lung. we could see that she was very weak already and decided that it's no good to torture her more, so the vet put her down:(( the worst bit (apart from seeing her so badly injured) was that I actually saw the whole thing and couldn't do a thing to prevent it. especially sad is that her sister was killed by a car (someone else, we didn't see it happen at the time) in october of last year - deja vu down to the injuries:(( and esp. this time we have a feeling (but no proof unfortunately) that it wasn't really accidental. why else would the car swerve directly into the dog's path instead of to the other side??? and there was nothing on the other side to warrant pulling over, I was there and saw nothing (it's not a road with traffic, we're talking about a narrow gravel road in front of our cottage...).