Please join me in welcoming today’s guest blogger Lindy Weber. This is Lindy’s second post as she embarks on her adventure of a lifetime. She’s giving away an assortment of deliciously dyed wool too.
Well, check another step off the ‘how to achieve your dream year abroad’ list! We have gone to our appointment with the Homeland Security office and had our biometrics recorded. It is a matter of electronically obtaining your fingerprints and a reading of the iris of your eye. Now we wait for about ten days for the official results to come to us and add it to our UK visa application packet.
Once we have quadruple checked to make sure we have ALL the necessary papers required we bundle them all up, including our passports, and mail it off to New York. You mess up one thing and they will say, “Sorry, you are denied”. How scary is that? Then we wait…
While in waiting mode I have made great plans to learn about all things wooly in Scotland. I want to know how to card, and drop spindle spin, and spinning wheel spin and and finally overcome my inexplicable terror of knitting socks and sweaters. Researching online I am finding out how instrumental the UK has been, and still is, in keeping the heritage breeds of sheep viable. The resilient wool of the Swaledale,
the crisp, white, lustrous wool produced by the Cheviot Sheep-with their cute faces,
and the long, lustrous and curly fleece of the ‘mops on legs’ Wensleydales,
make this budding felted wool artist long to play with wool. Time to dye!
Not that I ever need an excuse to dye! I go through long stretches of life with rainbow colored hands, stained fingernails and tie-dyed feet and toes. Yes, I do know I ought to wear gloves – but it just isn’t the same! I usually dye in the warm summer months, which explains the feet. But this winter, I just had to try the immensely popular snow dyeing.
I am nearly hyperventilating over the prospect of my Gilda Baron felted wool backgrounds workshop. This has empowered me to dye wool, and LOTS of it!
So, while we await the powers that be to decide the fate of our UK year, I research, I dye, I continue to dream.
Question for April – I have found the placing of my beloved pets into new homes the most emotionally wrenching part of the dream-achieving path. What would be the hardest person/place/thing for you to part with?
Share your response in the comments below. I’ll be giving away an eclectic little assortment of deliciously dyed wool. Winner will be randomly selected next Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
Congratulations to the winner: #18 Judy Cox. I’ve sent you an email.