colored warp and a solid weft from stash yarns. I decided that since Log Cabin is a patterned plain weave, I'd warp for that and weave a sample to demonstrate future options. Oops. I didn't have any idea how clueless I was in using two different threads in a continuous warp. I wish I knew someone who had a book because our library doesn't have anything on rigid heddles and I don't want to buy one. As you can see, I had serious warp tension problems.
I know it can be done because I've seen the fruits. I'm not teaching this technique but will at least take the scarf to show the potential. I unfortunately used a really stretchy superwash merino knitting yarn that was ill-suited. When the tension was removed, it shrank by 30% - yikes - but I can turn my mistakes into teaching opportunities. The class in scheduled for next month. I plan to get out to Jimmy Beans this week to select yarns for class materials, if the snow storm coming in tonight isn't too bad. I know what *not* to use. It's like - I'm so glad we had this conversation!
story walk-up. He does have a bike but he can only ride it one block at a time and then wait for this parents to catch up before getting the go-ahead. You can see what this means on his face. His patient daddy spent a couple hours over the time they were here, walking along side as Noah puttered along our dirt roads.
Over the last four years, Noah has developed a very special relationship with our neighbors' daughter. He wanted us to call her the evening they got here and then was anxious all through breakfast. I called Joe and said, I have a very excited little seven-year-old boy who desperately hopes Hiroka is available for a play date. He said - Hiroka would love that!
We went hunting for arrowheads, which ended up being a collection of pretty rocks. Both of them came home with a couple pounds of different colored pieces of chert. It's like collecting rock Easter eggs. They played hard for four hours, finishing with a indoors game of hide-and-seek. Hiroka always hid on the sofa under afghans which had us giggling so hard that Ian took a picture and sent it to Joe. The kids were shrieking with laughter and we were caught up in the joy of that simple game.
Joe emailed back a while later - I think Hiroka doesn't quite grasp the concept, but she had a great time and arrived home very tired. It's those little sweet nuggets, hidden in usual places that make life so rich, dontcha think?
The happy weekend hit a snag on Sunday. DD Chris alerted us that her brother-in-law was being careflighted - would we please pray. Unfortunately, he never made the flight. He was dead on site of a dirtbike accident in his favorite recreational area with his brother and a group of friends. Our newspaper reported him as being found by a search and rescue team and identification was withheld upon notification of next of kin. I know newspapers are struggling to retain relevancy, but that release was painful to an already distraught widow. The family is in a state of circling the wagons. Family.