new life

I am officially a free artist now, at least I have been for a week (at the genebank where I worked they have 8-year contract system and I’ve managed to get stuck  there for almost 9). We’ll see where I go from here, but right now it feels quite wonderful :)

Here are the farewell presents I got from my nice and fluffy colleagues  – beautiful flowers, a book by Laila Duran and a gift card for Hemslöjden shop in Landskrona (which I partly used to buy some yarn):

Colored Rauma tapestry yarn for my future rölakan project and really nice dark grey alpaca for a sweater for myself. Couldn’t resist and started knitting right away this sweater.

As for the book, it is the third volume on Scandinavian folk costumes, and it is pure eye candy.

one day I will weave some yardage for a dress and enroll for the course on folk costume sewing with people on this picture – Gillis and Monika Jimheden 

Oh, and I will just continue to show off – here is my new drum carder (!) , it’s been on my wish list for two years, and it is my “late christmas/embarking on a new life”-present from my man and myself

After reading all the discussions on the net about different carders I decided on Strauch finest (bought it via this shop in Denmark) and so far quite happy with my choice.

random  decoration item, from handspun wool and indigo-dyed nettle yarn (used this pattern), don’t know, just had an impulse to knit it.

finished the blue warp with some more daldräll

and preparing to weave a 8-shaft twill for the next school task.

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12 responses to “new life

  1. Lena A February 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Ooooh, I’m a little, no very, jealous of your machine there… I have found out that I really love small machines, I like to collect them for future use but they tend to pile up without being future used ;) Maybe in a year or two when it is my turn to become free…

    • Alfia February 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

      You never know when you need a little machine for this or that! :)
      this one is quite straightforward, and it is specially made for fine wool, like funull or merino, type, but they of course have models for coarser wool, too…. that is when you consider getting one :)

  2. shadowlilies February 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I have come across Laila Duran’s books when I have been researching genealogy, as my mother is Swedish, and came to America when she was 28 in 1947, and I know a little about my heritage, but I love to research it. Laila’s books are just gorgeous, like you said eye candy. Looks like you’ve been really blessed and your knitting and weaving are wonderful!

    • Alfia February 11, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Thank you!
      How interesting with your genealogy! I guess being American makes it even more exciting detective task, I mean people came to America from all over the world and all the time, whereas my genealogy (I am a minority nationality from the middle of Russia) probably would look quite predictable and plain…but you never know, of course.

  3. sonja February 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Congratulations on being a free artist! I love and enjoy your zen like photos of your life and your work is eye candy for me in Los Angeles. Sending you warmth and positive energy from the other side of the world.

  4. saulene February 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Аля, поздравляю тебя со статусом “свободного художника”! )) Оно временами бывает страшновато, но я уверена, что у тебя все будет получаться как надо и баланс между творчеством и тем, как свою лепту в семейный бюджет вносить, тоже получится найти. :)

    И очень здорово, что пока можно расслабиться и просто наслаждаться творчеством, да и отдохнуть – ты кажется писала, что долго без отпуска работала, да?

    Коллеги твои такие умницы! Я сначала на фликре увидела твои роскошные букеты из тюльпанов, удивилась, что так много – вроде не сезон еще, а теперь ясно! Вообще подарки все красивые и книга, и шерсть :)

    И птичка очень здоровская получилась! :) Я в последнее время не вязала игрушек, а на твою птичку посмотрела и подумала: ого! надо бы про игрушки вспомнить может быть :)

    Поздравляю тебя еще раз и желаю, чтобы всё сложилось! :)

    • Alfia February 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Лен, спасибо опять! Большое-пребольшое! :)
      посмотрим как долго у меня получится быть этим самым свободным художником, хотелось бы, конечно, уже раз и навсегда :)
      про отпуск – это ты меня с кем-то перепутала, тут отпуск – это святое, это Швеция всё-таки, тут не захочешь в отпуск выгонят, у меня последний год вообще 7 недель было, да и длинные рождественские каникулы.
      коллеги у меня были хорошие, поди, тоже радуются наконец-то :)
      Мимо птицы не смогла пройти мимо, руки зачесались связать, здорово, что она тебя вдохновила :)

  5. magdalenasvardh February 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Lycka till med ditt nya liv! Vi hoppas att få se många av dina alster nu när du är ‘free artist’.

  6. Quimper Hitty February 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    A Free Artist could be a wonderful thing – I hope the warps and wefts (and yarns) of your life continue to intersect beautifully!

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