Friday, April 24, 2009

Always Learning

I have finished my first towel in tabby and have now started the second towel in rosepath. I threaded for rosepath and at first was really excited at the interlacements, but I have to say that in all honesty, I like the tabby better. That's a bad sign that I'm not going to be a good complex weaver. I have two more towels to go and that's too many purples to go. What was I thinking??

This is what Spring looks like in the high desert. Lots of wind, lots of clouds, not much green. We do have a lot of birds passing through right now and our bird seed bill is through the roof. We had goldfinch visiting today, yay - and blackbirds, boo hiss.
I took this picture from the very same place a while ago and what I want you to notice is the dark lump in the foreground. That's where our llamas go to poo. Llamas always poo in the same spot and it makes it easier to clean up. When I went to our County website to see our parcel from space, I was surprised to see a dark spot behind the house. I was only a couple clicks away from discovering that our llama poo is visible by satellite.

15 comments:

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

huh. Llama poo from space. hehehe
I love the purples, and both paterns too.

Life Looms Large said...

I like the purple towels!! I have some in my kitchen that have those two purples and rust and fuchsia in them - and it works well.....so if you're starting to tire of purple, you could add some other weft colors.....but, I like the purple!!

Perhaps you have purple-loving friends who'd like these as a gift? (I don't mean me.....even though that's what my whole comment sounds like.....a not-so-subtle purple plea!)

Sue

Carolyn said...

That was very eye-opening - the satellite picking up the poo pile. Makes me a little worried what else it might see...

Valerie said...

I like the purples too. But to make it more interesting for the weaver, have you thought of adding some navy blue to the next towel?

One can go very far in weaving without getting into complex weaves. Personally, I think very complex weaves are over rated.

At some point, that llama poo will make some very great soil enrichment!

Beryl Moody said...

You can never have too many purple towels (they are really lovely) And Purple Fuzzy Mittens will certainly want one ... or two!

Jodi said...

I laughed out loud about the llama business!

The towel is lovely, and the purples look great. Over the past couple years I've definitely realized that I'm not going to be a complex knitter!

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

I really like the rose path;) The purples are wonderful;)

bspinner said...

Did you try weaving one of your purple towels in white? You don't have to be a complex weaver to be a good weaver. Your towels look just as good as any I've seen woven by a complex weaver.

Not to many bloggers posting about their llama poo from space. Funny!

Mim said...

I love the space poo and the purple towels. The towels look like the same color as the flowers in my wall paper in the kitchen! Make more purple!

MiniKat said...

LOL Llama poo visible by satellite! That's awesome!

I think both patterns on the towels are lovely. :-)

Marie said...

Love the towel. I like color more than structure, so you're not alone in the plain weave camp. I like the occasional twill and a few other structures, but color rocks!

Kathy said...

I had to laugh at the "dark spot" from the satellite photos. What a hoot! We have a "white thing" in our pasture that turned out to be the footbridge over the stream.
And what beautiful towels! I used to think I wouldn't like the more complex weaves, but now I have turned into one who loves them. One key for me in overshot weaving was to always have my tabby set on each end of the warp and always tie up the treadles for the same shafts whatever I wove. That way, I always knew, whatever the weave, that my 1 & 3 harnesses were on my right, and the 2 & 4 on the left. When the shuttle was on the right side, I knew to use that side for the tabby...then when it was on the left it was that side's turn. that way I concentrated on the pattern without having to worry where my tabby was.
And the purple towels are neat! Very Sharon. :)

Hilary said...

thanks for your post on my blog......isn't it grand to be this age???
Love your towels, but I am with you....I am not a complex weaver....I love color and texture, and I guess I am pretty simple.
Love your blog, too......bookmarking it right now.
Not sure I could take a spring with no green, though.

vlb5757 said...

I like the purples. Are you sure you can't have too many purples. I can send my address...! Green is lovely too...hint, hint.

I knew that Llamas and Alpacas poo in the same place all the time. It's funny you can see if from different places! lol!

beadlizard said...

Why on earth would you want to be a complex weaver? While I have done complex weaving, I have always been more concerned with the quality, whether I have the right sett, how good my selvages are, how the colors interact. Looks as if you have that part nailed. Being a weaver who FINISHES things? That's what rates in my book.

I often find myself knitting something in a color I would never choose for myself, simply because it was interesting yarn or reminded me of a friend. It makes it easier to sell stuff if it isn't my favorite shade of muddy green, you know? --Syl