Sunday, May 26, 2013
I'm excited because we have company coming tomorrow - our friend Petey is going to visit us for a few days. When he leaves, I also leave for the conference so I suspect this is the last time I'll have a chance to blog in May. Ian and I really enjoy documentaries but somehow don't seem to make time to watch them. We've decided that each Saturday night we'll watch one from Netflix. We call it DocSat. I've included our viewings in my summary.
Undefeated - Academy Award winner 2011
Jig - think Riverdance
A Life Apart: Hasidism in America - another face of fundamentalism and thought provoking
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Crept Out a Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson (it's Liz Salander meets Forest Gump)
Eventide, by Kent Haruf
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, by Edward Kelsey Moore
The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Moshin Hamid
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Not 2 Square weavers meeting yesterday. I've virtually belonged to this group for a couple of years but this is my first meeting and boy was the trip worth it. It's an informal gathering of weavers who sit in a circle and share their projects and then answer questions, and was I ever full of questions. It was a five-hour round trip, but I drove home feeling like I had attended a class.
I like how blue glass looks when the sun shines on it so I hung a couple of bottles on the tree that I had emptied of essential oils. Then I decided to try some orbs of recycled glass that's I've hung inside our windows. They're heavy and ultimately the suction-cup hangers lose their suction and they drop to the sill. Not only do they look great in the tree, they twirl in the breeze - such a happy surprise.
Someone suggested a 2/2 twill but I felt that smothered my warp.Cindie saying that sometimes the best solution for an interesting warp is just good old plain weave and so that's what I'm doing. I have a feeling that I'm going to be weaving a lot of "projects" before I finally get my scarf sea legs. I had it in my head that my novelty yarn had to be warp (the up and down threads) but this is looking a lot like upholstery. I'll finish this off and the next project scarf will be using my novelty yarn as weft (side to side). I was called this afternoon to sub tomorrow so this is in limbo for now.
Monday, May 20, 2013
I spun up a couple of my batts this morning and this is my singles. Next I plied, or rather bound it, with a silk thread.
I took my camera this morning when I walked the dogs, hoping to catch some wildflower shots. I'm always surprised to see them thrive in dry sand. This is desert lupine.
I have no idea what these are but they remind of a Victorian postcard. I've only seen them on the road to Mim's.
And here they are close up.
These are some of the things we wanted to tempted ourselves with.
Robin and I stayed too long, talked a lot and spent too much. We had a great time.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I bought eight ounces of silk noil in my Yarn Barn order. I've never worked with it and didn't know that I had just purchased a life-time supply. Not knowing the first thing about it, I thought I'd just do some lumps using Gaywool dyes. It only took a few crystals in hot water for a lump.
These are my first batts.
These are the second. I left out the mohair but added sari silk.
Was that the front door?!!!
Oh it was and he's coming, he's coming, he's coming. It's been two minutes!!
Oh happy day, we're going to haul the bark away. Happy dogs.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This is haste.
This is waste.
I haven't changed my tie-up in over a year but I recently changed to standard tie-up for one project. I went to change to the Texsolv system yesterday and realized that I didn't remember what it is for the turned taquete draft. I dug out the old newsletter from my file box and in my hurry to get started, I didn't stop to make sure I was using the right one. There are two drafts in the newsletter and I used the wrong one.
I realized today what needed to be done. I wasn't happy about unweaving but I was thrilled with the ease of the new system. The lady at Yarn Barn suggested that I leave a length dangling from each lam but I thought that was too messy. Forget messy, I'm doing it. Changing is just a matter of moving the peg from one cord to another - that's it. Minutes!
Now we're cooking with gas.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Yarn Barn last week was Texsolv tie-up. I am not doing the Gilmore tie-up one more time. It's just too gymnastic and requires flexibility I no longer have. My order arrived but without the pegs that will make this happen. They weren't on the order invoice. I called in a panic. They're shipping but not charging shipping. I love those guys.
Reading is so rich. Books and information are in in a state of flux and we're just on the crest of this wave. My job in resource sharing involved the physical shipping of articles and books and that was just five years ago. It's an exciting time but a lot depends on licensing agreements. As for virtual delivery, we need to keep our eyes open - pun intended. Meanwhile, I have a stack of physical books on my nightstand as well as the four I've checked out from the library.