Friday, December 23, 2011

Peace and Joy

Well, Christmas is almost here.  Shiny coloured things all around!

This is the last bit of yarn painting that I did...probably the last of the year.  Interesting that these two skeins were painted using the same three colours: burgundy, olive and golden ochre.  The one you see on the left had the dyed applied with distinct colour repeats and little overlap.  On the skein shown on the right, I applied the dyes randomly throughout the skein and the colours mixed quite freely.

On a cool crisp day, the hayloft is one of my favourite places.  I'm not sure what it is about the hayloft that is so comforting.  Perhaps it is the peace in knowing that my alpacas will have enough to eat until spring pasture time.  It could be the quiet stillness and isolation of the hayloft is a good place for reflection.  It might be that the hayloft is a drawback in history, that the skeleton of this post and beam barn reflects decades of honest, hard work by farm families.  Our full hay loft is the result of the labour of two farm families - one who produced the hay and ours that put it up.


It doesn't matter to the herd that they eat the same hay from fall to spring...every new bale that gets brought out gets the same reaction.  It's like throwing candies into the middle of a kindergarten class.


I Wish You Peace and Joy at Christmas and always.


farmer said...

wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!!

Prudence Puddleduck said...

The photo of lovelies has a Divinity feel to it...comforting♥

Here's to a Very Creative New Year!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Love the picture of the light coming into the hay loft...has a warm glow to it.
...candies in the middle of a K class...that one brought back memories!
Interesting how a technique can produce such a difference in the hand dyed yarn. That's what I love about dyeing.
I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

Sam said...

candies in a kindergarten class... great way to put it!! hahahahah!! Have a very merry christmas, wishing you and your flock warmth and good eats!

Azure Islands Designs said...

You do have a way with words Norma!

Merry Christmas to you and yours, all the best in the coming year!


luckybunny said...

Merry Christmas Norma! Lovely post :)

Mountaindreamers said...

your alpacas are wonderful! what sweeties.