I woke up yesterday morning with the beginnings of a cold – not too surprising considering the amount of stress in my life recently – and decided to cancel my dye-fest day, and take it easy instead. Â So I slept in, took naps throughout the day, and sipped chicken soup, which I had (coincidentally?) made earlier in the week. Â In between I cut up citrus peels for candying. Â (Being sick isn’t an issue for making candied citrus peels – it takes seven days to make, during which it is sterilized (boiled) daily, and then it’s put through a canner at the end.)
So now I’ve got the bergamot and Seville orange peels candying, along with a batch of Meyer lemon peel. Â (I made lemonade, too.) Â Maybe later in this long weekend I’ll make mandarin orange marmalade.
Autumn Splendor-wise, I have now finished knitting all the blanks and will dye them today. Â Tomorrow I’ll dye the panels for the muslin, since I expect that to be an all-day affair. Â In between I’ll work on weaving another dark panel.
Book-wise, I’ve finally put my finger on the thing that was bothering me: three of the topics are how-tos, and two are philosophy. Â They don’t go together into a coherent unit, so I’ve decided to focus on the how-tos rather than the philosophy: how to approach learning, how to think about your work, and how to do and/or design a large project. Â Philosophy can be tucked in as it fits. Â This gives me a “spine” to the project (as Twyla Tharp suggests in her book The Creative Habit), and also gives me a better idea of my audience. Â So, conceptual progress. Â I hope to write more later this week, but it’s hard to feel inspired when fuzzy-headed and congested. Â Hope this cold goes away soon!