My Donkey Skin Sweaters

I have been quite busy weaving sweaters for myself these past few weeks. I finished a last minute sweater. It took no more than 14 hours (weaving and sewing), I am very surprised. It feels like a warm cloud, it’s very soft, so soft I could wear it on my naked skin. I’m very pleased. It’s mostly mohair, alpaca and silk. Now, I’m going to calm down. The loom is folded, there’ll be room for the Christmas tree when I’ll come back from France (where I arrived to yesterday).

This one was a disappointment… It was supposed to be my silver fox sweater but I cut it wrong and I don’t know… it feels more like a grey mouse than a silver fox.

This one’s called… purple cosmos! Hand-spun, hand-woven and hand sewn (the last part with a lot of swearing, and foul language… in French for good measure!)

There is also an assorted scarf.

I dreamed that I was going to visit my family in France (I'm actually leaving on Wednesday) but to my horror, I realised it was June and that the temperature was going to be 39 c. On top of that, when I arrived in the building where my parents live, there were people waiting for one of the three lifts, but one of them was not to be opened because there was a zombie trapped in it and banging repeatedly on the door . The second lift was stuck between two floors. I considered taking the stairs but I didn't even have anything sharp with me. This is what people had to deal in France on a daily basis and I was totally unprepared! Dreams have a way of putting things back in perspective, I'm relieved it was just a dream... (especially the June part)

Japanese art is my favourite, this is some of my favourite prints by Hiroshige. I love the way he renders snow.

I’ve just received this HUGE book about China, 650 pages. Since it’s very unlikely I’ll go there one day (although it is at the very top of the list of countries I would like to visit ) and since I dislike documentaries of any kind (I know… it’s weird- perhaps it’s the voice over which annoys me), I will travel through books. Looking forward to exploring this very heavy volume with a Dragon Well tea.

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First Snow

Damn! My diorama is not finished yet but I realise it is too big! Unfortunately, I can’t add the Liminal Orchestra to the right as it was planned,because there is the lamp there. And I did take the measurements several times! The diorama as it is, is still way too big!
The orchestra and I spoke about it, they agreed to set their little island at the beginning of the strip on the condition I add more details around them. They also said there was no hurry, I can take my time. It was nice of them.
 
I had to re-warp. The first colored warp for my silver grey sweater didn’t work out. My Inner Arctic Fox shuddered and said “I’m not wearing that”. So, I had to go for grey and I realise: I crave grey. Now, it is a delight to weave. The colours aren’t totally right on the picture but there’s a Shabby Chic vibe. I had to go through two tedious warping sessions in the space of two days (+ the job), it’s a good thing I’m stubborn.
Inner Silver Fox: "Now, that's more like it..." "Could you add a bit more of this shiny gold thread?" Me: "Don't push it, Silver Fox"
It looks good with my linen skirt...

First snow this winter. Waking up in the morning and feeling the light is somehow different, you open the curtains and … surprise, surprise!!!

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ABOUT MY CURRENT READINGS !

My favourite illustrated book is The Last Resort by Roberto Innocenti. I don’t find the story extraordinary but its atmosphere makes me feel so Hygge. This illustrator is brilliant, he really captured the essence of Hygge, I love his palette and his gentle warm light. I never tire of looking at these pages again and again, taking in all the little details.

I found a little gem and I am devouring it, Women and other monsters by Jess Zimmerman. It’s about, mostly, feminine monsters, including Medusa.
“Ugliness is the negative space of beauty, everything that beauty doesn’t allow. It’s only in turning away from the tiny target that you see the infinite space surrounding it. You’re not supposed to do this, of course. You’re supposed to be ashamed of your ugliness. Why? Because it’s objectively shameful? Or because it reduces your value as a decoration, a prize, an advertisement – because it benefits nobody but yourself? ” -Jess Zimmerman
“Beauty is in some way boring. even if its concept changes through the ages, nevertheless, a beautiful object must always follow certain rules. So to speak: a beautiful nose shouldn’t be longer than that or shorter than that. On the contrary, an ugly nose can be as long as the one of Pinocchio, as big as the one of an elephant, or like the beak of an eagle. Ugliness is unpredictable and offers an infinite range of possibilities. Beauty is finite; ugliness is infinite, like God” – Umberto Eco

 

I’m reading a beautiful book about Japan and this morning, I came across some incredible paintings in a castle from the Edo period (1600-1860),Kumamoto castle. Japanese art is my favourite.

Homemade Chocolate

I dreamed that my employers had a farm area and they had captured a fox which they were going to kill. He was locked in one of the stables. I just couldn't stand the idea and I didn't care if they fired me, no fox would be killed under my watch. So I opened the latch and I asked the fox to follow me silently, which he did. We walked to a gate in the fence surrounding the property and I opened it for him. I knelled down and the fox on the other side put his front paw against my hand, he looked at me in the eye, it was beautiful. After that, I prepared myself to suffer the consequences. There were none. Sometimes, you also get away with ... good actions.

I made homemade chocolates. Difficult to restrict myself to one a day! Made with love and Callebaut Belgian chocolate (dark, milk and white), whole roasted nuts, dried raspberries, cocoa nibs and… glitter! Delicious with a Gyokuro tea.

Spinning is so Hygge. I enjoy it especially when I’m tired, it is so relaxing and peaceful. There is something hypnotic about it.

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The Best Pillow in the Whole World

I encountered a lonely troll in the forest. She was glad I spotted her.
This is one of the most charming houses around:
Tiptoeing into the Trolls’ Kingdom. Autumn is bewitching…
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Of all the cushions and the pillows on my bed, the one which I use to rest my head at night of course is always the girls’ favourite.

My new little acquisition:

A Roscoelite, or Green Muscovite Mica crystal.

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It’s been raining quite a lot lately, the perfect weather to start a weaving project.I ‘m in a mood for a silvery snowy christmassy sweater with tons of glitter.

Meanwhile… the Sun is Shining

My new sugar-free addiction!
A cosy spot 
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A few books from my favourite publisher, DK, about Earth, the ocean and the Universe, and quantum physics + a book about science (many different fields) in infographics, a book about crafts and another one about textiles from all over the world

Weaving with purple and brown hand-spun yarns

I don’t think tourists should take it personnally BUT since they deserted Lofoten, the sun has been shining on a very regular basis. It’s quite extraordinary, really. In 23 years, I’ve never seen the like.

Still having the time of my life, reading, painting, weaving and going on long walks with my girls.

I’ve also been indulging with a few movies and shows. I adored Wolfwalkers by Tomm Moore (he also made Song of the Sea, which is a big influence on my art) and Raised by Wolves, by Ridley Scott, the series is so rich in fairy tales symbols, although the genre is totally science fiction. I’ve always had a soft spot for science fiction. My favourite scifi show is The Expanse.

A Blanket Like a Hug

Autumn is here and is advancing pretty fast. I take in all the details, savouring this all too short season.

I made a blanket for Lucy, since she is sensitive to the cold. Teal is her favourite colour. It rather suits her coat, doesn’t it? It was instant success. But I found out Pixie likes it too, she lies on it when Lucy’s not around. Maybe I’ll make one for her too (purple, her favourite colour).