Personally, I always think that the New Year should be in the autumn. I love the newness of the season even though it really is a time of slumber for nature.
School and programs are starting up again, the trees are donning their new coats, we restart furnaces and fireplaces, wash or buy new fall and winter clothing, and…….you get the idea! (Of course, the same could be send for Spring too, but, my blog, my choice of season – LOL).
For me, I am very grateful that I live in a climate that experiences four seasons. I love the transition into each season, and after this long, hot dry, summer, I am extremely appreciative of the crisp fall days that we are starting to experience.
With that in mind, I would have to say that one of the things I love about fall is starting new projects that involve fibre. I spin, and even knit, throughout the summer months, but there is something so comforting and peaceful about cozying up on the couch or a soft chair with a cuppa and some wool. Sitting in warmth as winds send leaves scurrying or a cold drizzle hits the windows, is my idea of peacefulness and zen. I have many fond memories of Thanksgivings spent at our cottage with a wood fire crackling and the scent of turkey wafting throughout. There is something I can’t describe that resonates in my soul with crisp air and crunchy leaves!
Of course, autumn, brings many fall fairs, including those of the sheepy kind! I’ve been busy getting ready for Woodstock, my final sale of the year. As well, you’ll see lots of new goodies in my online store.
Once I get through Thanksgiving, I am embarrassed (only slightly) to admit that I start playing Christmas carols. My kids have long since stopped questioning why, and just accepting that it is part of tradition. But here’s why I got into the habit of doing it. Not so much now, because I have pared down my gift giving list, but every year I made a great deal of my Christmas gifts. Starting the carols in October helped to inspire and motivate me to get ‘em done in time for Christmas.
I think maybe that’s why fall feels like New Year’s to me – I start many new things and create resolutions involving my hobbies, too!
With that in mind, I am happy to launch my new online store. You’ll find squishy fibres for spinning and felting, some cool new tools, Greener Shades dyes for creating your own autumn colourways and other goodies will be arriving once I see my way to Woodstock and home again!
I suspect that many of you are like me, and fall means new woolly projects, many destined for Christmas gifts. Enjoy browsing through the shop, and check out my Workshop page. I’ve got a great spinning/knitting cowl workshop scheduled for November. This is a great project that spins and knits up quickly – everyone will be getting cowls for Christmas with this one!
I’d love to hear from you if there are products you’d like to see in the shop or workshops you are interested in. The summer has seen a lot of transition on many levels, and I am looking forward to hunkering down and spending a great deal of time in my studio producing. I’ve got a number of workshops that right now are only ideas, but they’ll find their way into being soon too – so stay tuned for those.
In the meantime, wishing everyone a lovely Thanksgiving and fall. See you soon!