Year of Projects Update – My 2nd Year – Week 49/52
We are now just 3 weeks from the end of this YOP year!
Yep I’m still knitting Tailfeather. The front panels of the cardigan are both partially completed and on hold whilst I now knit the back panel and see how I’m doing for yarn use -v- length of garment. This is such a pretty bamboo/linen yarn by Third Vault Yarns. I regularly see yummy coloured yarns on her Instagram but have been resisting ordering more yet.I’d really like Tailfeather to be completed before the end of this YOP year!I haven’t folded it over for this photo…just a reminder, this will be a cardigan not a shawl!
I ordered a sewing pattern which is for kitchen accessories like an apron, wine bag, placemats etc etc. It seems a good way of doing lots of small projects to practice on. Once I’ve opened it all up, I’m going to see whether any of the items may be suitable to use some hand woven cotton, which could given me a bit more sense of purpose in my weaving! Also I’ve now taken ownership of my husband’s jeans with the hole…so could be interesting to use that for some edging! Watch this space…well once Tailfeather is finished lol!
I plied all the John Arbon Harvest Hues singles that were on my bobbins and that’s now on hold for the time being. I suspect when I finish spinning all this fibre the garment I make will be …interesting! This is a photo of all the skeins done so far.
To help clear my mind I spent some time spinning the baby camel and silk fibre that I’ve partially spun already. This yarn is going to be used on Reyna pattern that is in my queue, but I suspect that will end up being started in the next YOP year.
I have spent a lot of time this week reading and learning more about racism and how to be actively anti-racist. Last year I worked my way through ‘Me and White Supremacy’ by Layla F Saad‘, which is a work book designed to be read over a month, but I think it is worth regularly re-reading and reminding myself.
Regular readers will know I love Armchair Expert Podcast with Dax Shepard. On Thursday he had Heather McGhee on and I learned so much about the history of racism in America. I highly recommend it and she also has a Ted Talk called ‘Racism has a cost for everyone‘. Racism exists in the UK and everywhere, if you think it doesn’t affect your life then I really recommend listening to her…whichever country you live.
What I personally find so shocking is that when crowds of white men with huge guns were outside the Capitol buildings a few weeks ago protesting about the Covid shutdowns…they were classed as peaceful protesters, but when black (and white) people are unarmed and peacefully protesting racism and murders by the police they are gassed, fired at with rubber bullets and beaten. Then I saw this on Facebook and it summed it up perfectly. The hypocrisy makes my head explode.
I find it all so upsetting and have wept a lot the last two weeks. Last week I was too upset to even mention it, but not speaking up is wrong and I want to know better and do better.I’m encouraged that the various Book Charts are being topped by books on racism and what we can do to fix the problem. This is a snapshot of the Most wished for books on Amazon UK. This gives me hope.
It was my birthday this week, but with lockdown continuing nothing very exciting happened except eating some choux pastry bagel shaped things filled with flavoured mousse. Hmm they are hard to describe but were totally delicious!!!
I made donations to Chester Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park (HWP) this week. I had been due to visit Chester Zoo with my dad this Spring but of course that was cancelled so I thought I’d donate my entry fee anyway. HWP we used to go to a few times each year before we got our dog. It’s a magical place. Both of these animal parks do a huge amount for conservation. In fact HWP has Amur Leopards there for breeding that are in an enclosure that can NOT be seen or accessed by visitors. They are purely there to try to breed and then be released to captivity, because their numbers are so critically low. So although I don’t agree with many of the zoos I’ve been to overseas, these two are an exception for me and I feel good to try to help in a small way.
Stay safe x
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