I ordered rug warp from Leesburg Looms a number of weeks ago. She told me they were out of the stock, but we were just leaving for Oregon and I knew it would be weeks before I would have time to use it. Plus I had Robin Spady's workshop in there too, but I now really need to weave more placemats for the next crafts fair. I decided to wind what I had and hope it would be enough - it wasn't. I called Leesburg Looms and she said it had shipped last week.
I heard Ian come home, so I went down-
stairs. He brought me a package from the gate. It was already there when I made my panicked phone call. Just in time, saved by the bell, a stitch in time, yada, yada, yada. I'm back in business!
I wound the warp in three bouts this time. I just think it's easier to work with that way. I'll make a cross from the existing warp I'm tying onto and I think I'll probably just hold the new warp cross in my hand to knot. I know - it's Greek. It used to be Greek to me too!
The shipping is so expensive, so I ordered enough to last for a while. The cones were $3.55, which is about a dollar cheaper than I've paid anywhere else. I ordered from them on Hilary's recommendation. I envy anyone who lives close enough to a supplier to just walk in and shop.
I warped Maudie Mae for the second sampler from Robyn's class, this time in twill tie-up. I was able to squeeze in an hour of weaving this morning before leaving for town. The first two samples look like nothing because that's exactly what they are. I was following the wrong instructions. The next one and the one I've started look like something because I followed the right instructions. I'm working on the overshot pattern right now and can see how that would make a nice border on a hand towel.
I was trying to get ready for the next two craft fairs and have decided that I'm not going to get my panties in a twist over what I don't have made yet. I'm only going to do holiday craft fairs next year and when they roll around, I'll be ready to roll with them.
As always, I had a day full of errands in town, but the best news was my bone density test. Normal! Totally normal with me from a high risk history. I rewarded myself with the gym - 25 minutes on the eliptical trainer and 35 minutes in the pool, which is how long it takes me to swim a half mile. I crawled to my car and to think I used to swim a mile before work, work all day, and then cook dinner.
Wait. I did cook dinner. We're getting a stash of CSA veggies and I'm struggling to find creative ways to use them. Tonight I boiled a large turnip with two large potatoes and then mashed them up with some roasted garlic I had roasted this morning. Then I made a mushroom gravy. We had shallots in our basket today, so it was just them, the mushrooms, and then a rue with chicken broth. Oh my gosh, was it fabulous. I had picked up a rotisserie chicken. Next I tackle the butternut squash - hmmmmm.
Starting holiday projects
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