I'm not sure when my love affair with lichen began. It was most definitely after leaving my 'career' in Biology behind, else I may have focused my studies in the direction of these fascinating life forms. In a way I'm glad I didn't. Formal study seemed to kill my enchantment in a way that lichens have rekindled, and I find the spark that drew me to my original studies ignited again. Getting to live it out through knitting and zine making is pure joy.
Image description: My left hand, holding the left needle of a knitted cardigan in progress. It's stranded colourwork, in natural brown-grey Jacob and a special colourway called Lichen Fancier, which is the most perfect blue-green, dyed for this very project by @riverknitsuk. The motifs resemble lichen thalli, growing in irregular round shapes. On the table are a few small branches with lichens gathered from today's walk, and a brown tweed project bag from @daughterofashepherd x @woollenflower, adorned with my #lichenfancier enamel pin.
I'm really looking forward to the @riverknitsuk open day on March 7th!
I'm lucky enough to be one of the guest vendors, of whom there are several and they are all lovely. Check out @riverknitsuk to see all the special guests, and book tickets via the website.
RiverKnits Open Day 2020. Saturday 7th March, 10am to 4pm at RiverKnits Studio, Royal Ordnance Depot, Building 14, Bridge Street, Weedon, NN7 4PS
Oh, you know, just painting some newts.
Image description: a watercolour block on my drawing table, featuring five great crested newts illustrated in coloured inks. Underneath is my dirty tea towel and a few paintbrushes. The second image show a close up of a newt, with a cheeky twinkly eye. I'm planning to turn these dears into a repeating pattern, and henceforth into fabric, and then into a swimsuit.
Before I can regroup and decide what to do about my Seer Cloak project, I needed a pot of tea and some comfort knitting. This has been provided by Pebbles and Pathways socks from @heybrownberry (top down because I know Marce won't mind), squishy sock yarn from @violaemily, green tea in my favourite pot from @rachelinthedalespottery and the first flowers on my Flaming Katy (I frequently receive these as gifts... no idea why 🤷🏻♀️).
Image description: my left hand holding up a freshly cast on sock in tonal brownish purples. In the background is the yarn cake, a houseplant that's miraculously made it past the six month mark under my care, and a sweet brown teapot for one.