Project Spectrum. It's so nice to get a jolt of inspiration during the blah winter months. This year is particularly inspiring, as it centers on the 4 Elements: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. I plan on dyeing a spinning a 'mini-series' for each of these elements, working with color, material and texture to integrate the feeling of the individual elements.
This week I worked on Fire (the theme from Feb-March), in the warmest of materials: wool.
Hobby Knob Farm. I haven't had a chance to visit the farm yet, as that would involve going "over the mountain", something I try to avoid when we have the possibility of snow. Last year, in December, I had to go to a conference in Asheville ('over the mountain') and it just started to snow as I left at 5pm. By 5:30pm, I was at the highest elevation and the road had narrowed to one lane (the other lane had over 5 inches of snow), with just the smallest little tracks for my wheels. I was alone, without a cell phone and only the occasional car around. It took me 3 hours to make the 1 hour drive and I learned later that they usually "close the road" when it gets that bad. I asked, "so the drivers have to get off at an exit and stay at a hotel?" No, they simply close all the exits so you are stuck on the road all night! So yes, I'll be waiting until the threat of snow is passed.