Getting My Art Muse On

My art muse has been, well, lost.  It happens every time I clean up my studio (you would think I would learn the lesson in that, wouldn’t you?)  I’m happy that the muse seems to have returned, and although I’ve got a yucky virus (see picture of cute kids who gave me said virus below) I spent some time tonight in the studio, happily painting and layering my background for the piece I want to work on this weekend.

These are the sick babies who gave me the pesky virus.  They always look awfully sweet when they’re not feeling well.

Sick_babies

Since being sick makes me sort of random, I’ll progress on and tell you my happy skein-winder story.  Several months ago I purchased a Mama Bear skein-winder.  It was love at first sight and made winding so much more enjoyable.  But, over time, my winder got a little bit of a bounce to it and didn’t seem to work as easily.  I still loved it, but it just wasn’t the same way it was at first.

So here’s the amazing part.  I emailed Tom, the really nice guy who makes the Mama Bear.  He spent a whole lot of time emailing me to help me figure out what the problem was.  It turned out that a big part of the problem was trying to wind from my umbrella swift, which was at a much higher level, onto the Mama Bear.  Tom’s solution was to send me a second winder to  experiment with, to see if it would help.  You just don’t get that kind of customer service anywhere these days!

Here it is — winding side to side on two Mama Bear skein winders.

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I’m in love!  Thank you Tom.  And in case you’re wondering, this is how the skein (buttery soft bamboo) turned out.

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Next up?  A brand new yarn for me.  It’s a 50/50 blend of Suri Alpaca and Blue Faced Leicester.  It’s incredibly soft.

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I can’t wait to start dyeing it.  I think I’m going to use the same colors I want to use in the collage piece this weekend and see if I can’t get a jumpstart on the muse.

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