|The backyard. Snow doesn't stick around long most years, so you gotta take pictures quickly. This was taken in the morning, and two hours later, the snow was gone.|
You know what I do to cope with this depression? I let myself cry and fret, instead of asking myself what's wrong with me. I eat chocolate... the strong, 85 percent kind. I try to go for daily walks, get fresh air and a lovely view of the grey sky. When the sun comes out, I frantically try to expose my skin to it.
And I dye wool. There's nothing like color to lift depression.
I have been experimenting for years with dyeing wool naturally. Lichen is a great and easy way to get color. It's such a magical process, this alchemy of collecting lichen in the forest, simmering it on the woodstove for a day, and then immersing wool into it and letting it do its magic for several hours. In the photo above, the brown-golden roving on the right has been dyed with lichen, and the yarn on the left was spun with it. The shiny part is mohair.
Another strategy for battling depression is knitting. I can't wait to show you the sweater I knit for Steve. It has taken a couple of months to complete, and it still needs to have a collar, but I can show you the parts I have blocked. By next week, he will wear it.
I am also knitting hats for felting to stock up my inventory. Christmas markets are good for me - people buy my hats, and I need to make more.
Another anti-depressant: find yourself a cute little girl who gives you flowers.
Aren't you glad I'm giving you so many tips to stay sane?
|The blocked sweater front and back, plus a felted hat, drying in front of the woodstove.|