And I still don't feel I've really started. I think it is because the course is largely self-directed, and I'm not used to it! (Plus there have more of the appointments we had to put off over the summer - I now have new glasses and a new bank account. And there has been cycling on the TV. 🚵)
I have worked on some samples - at least one of these you've seen before. I gave up in the hand-knitted 4ply sample:
1. I didn't think it was realistic to knit several 3metre tubes in 4ply by hand, even in 2 years.
2. If I decide to go with fine yarns, the knitting machine makes more sense - if I can remember how to assemble and use it.
3. The samples I made with some scrappy ends of chunky yarns I found at uni are much more interesting anyway. I hope they will be even better when I've put them through the washing machine.
Does anyone know a good - and preferably cheap - source of chunky, neutral coloured coned yarns? The coarser and fuller of vegetable matter the better!
I also made a book. I've been Brushoing papers a lá Frances Pickering, and the results included some tree like forms, which I decided needed a book of their own. Which of course meant I had to paint some paper for the pages.
Not many in there yet, but there has been some 🚴 going on.
And I have been working on my essay - making notes, producing an essay plan, and planning on going to a relevant (?) exhibition. 🎨
Of the outstanding tasks from BU (before uni) the shawl is finished, blocked and drying. (It's going to be a present, so just a snippet of the very simple border I decided was within my current capabilities. I have trees to knit!
I haven't blocked a shawl in ages: the last time I had a bigger spare bed to do it on, and I didn't have arthritis, but despite that I managed. I debated blocking it on the spare room floor, but that would have necessitated getting down on the floor, getting up again - and vaccing the floor first. 😱
It is a long way, but the huge mill building at Texere yarns in Bradford would be a great place for the sort of yarn you are describing.
You might also suss out vendors and ask questions by going to the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally - 8-12 Oct. But you probably have that in mind. They are starting on Wed this year and the Thursday is open late into the evening.
All the best for all your plans!
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