My eco-dyed silk chiffon scarf got finished in time:
I think it turned out pretty nice! I used cranesbill geranium, purple plum, sweet gum, and smoke bush leaves wrapped around a stick and with logwood and a hint of iron in the simmering pot. I love the patterning the string makes. The scarf went to a good home and in exchange I got.... a commercially made little box shaped like a Japanese zori (flip-flop).
Whoop-de-do. I'm trying very hard not to feel a little cheated. My last year's gift was an odd one, but I ended up liking it a lot. Buddy, the mini garden gnome likes it too:
He and the purple lizard have hit it off and the plants have done well in their tiny garden. But then it's the thought that counts, right? The zori box came from a new guild member who apologized for not being able to make something at the last moment. No problem. It can go into my studio where I already have a larger version that someone gave me years ago. It holds paper clips. Maybe this little one can hold something else useful too.
Well the partying has begun in earnest now! This evening is our annual Solstice supper with the immediate family. This year it's at our daughter's because they will be visiting her husband's family for Christmas Day. Gotta spread the cheer around though we'll miss them at our house. Tomorrow we host my sister and family visiting from Haida Gwaii for dinner. And then we brace for the onslaught of the Thundering Hordes here on Christmas Day. It'll be fun! And I'll be very glad when things settle down again in January. I always get the most accomplished in the studio in the dead of winter. Except I got cheated last year with The Hand Incident. Since it's all better now I have no excuses, right?Wishing everyone a very Happy Solstice and return of the sun! For those of us in the darkest north at least. May there always be light in your hearts and warmth in your life!