Square, cash and a small notepad. We've all purchased the same pin of a deciduous tree in winter - the unifier. I'm stumped on what closure to use. I bought a zipper but now the reality of using it, open, close, open, close - not thinking that's such a brilliant idea. Guess I'll go phish on Etsy.
Wednesday was the four-month anniversary of my fall and broken neck. I was released from physical therapy two weeks ago and have been doing a little light yoga here at home. I know I need an instructor since mine moved back to PA but when I looked online, I discovered that there are a ton of yoga studios. I selected one, partly based on location and parking, and went for a self-study session Wednesday morning. Time got away from me and the next thing I knew I had spent an hour.
I felt great when I left, but when I woke up yesterday morning, every muscle complained. And here's the irony. On the list of classes, the self-study class is entitled "Mysore." And howdy! It's obnoxious but at the same time it's a wholesome kind of pain - it says I'm on the path to recovery. And last night I slept clear through for the first time. That more than anything says I'm doing the right thing.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
And here it is finished. I could not be more pleased!
This is the next handspun yarn that I'll use for a warp. I made it so long ago that I can't remember anything about it. I think the colorful part is silk that I won in a raffle and the black I plied it with is alpaca - not sure.
I wanted to clean off the loom and warp it for the next dishtowels. Maddie dragged all of this waste to the front of the loom and then was protective and resentful while I was removing it. She made a big mess and she has claws.
While I had everything out and the kitchen covered, I made a second set of batts for me.
Melissa left three of these with me last summer. There's no label so I decided to do a burn test to see how much of it is synthetic. It's a good thing I did it in the sink because it went up like a torch. All cotton! Cotton and linen are the most flammable of yarns.
I've been knitting on this pullover but I realized that if two of those skeins got me this much sweater, and I still have some left, that I probably can make a sleeveless shell for summer with the third one. I'm going to cast on this afternoon so I can knit on it while I listen to the president's address tonight.
Maddie loves little things she can carry around so stole an end of a 8/4 cotton warp spool and this his what she did with it. Think she can blame the dog?
Today was about paying bills and filing paid bills. But there's no more space and there was no way around it. It was time to shred the stack of past payments that I've shoved into the secretary, to the point that I no longer can close the door. And then I came across medical statements that needed to go in the filing box upstairs, but it's heaped because there's no more room. Three hours after I started this whole thing, I had made another bankers box and split up the files. I came across this and had to smile. Mother had cut this from the newspaper and this taped to the wall in her kitchen. Across the top she had printed, Reno Gazette Journal, September 29, 2985. Yup, that's me running the Journal Jog in a wedding dress.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
I finished winding both warps today with the assistance of my willing helper. She loves my studio, which is why when I'm not in it, the door is closed. She loves it very much.
We still haven't had any weather and the Sierras are now brown - in January! I've never seen it like this in all the years I've lived here. I'm trying not to obsess since there's nothing I can do about the weather, but thinking about this upcoming fire season is giving me (more) gray hairs.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
This is the same yarn I used for the scarf I gave to Alexia on Christmas Eve. If you go back two posts you will see how stripey it was and also how wonky it made the selvedges. I like the stripes to be horizontal, as in this scarf, not Lu's. I wasn't pleased with it then but I'm thrilled with the yarn now.
Spin Art Jacey Bogg's book on spinning art yarns which arrived when I was in the hospital. I haven't even opened it but I'm started to get excited about possibilities. It's time to check out the book.
I walked the dogs about midday today, and no, we didn't get another dog. Our neighbor's puppy has taken to tagging along. It warmed up today and was really pleasant because a storm is supposed to come in tonight. That would be fantastic since we've just had the driest water year on record and two ski resorts have closed. The remaining are making their own snow. Skier's have a bumper sticker - Pray for Snow!. Given the wildfire risk, that's exactly what I'm doing!
Monday, January 06, 2014
so I put this slubby rayon warp on Maudie Mae and sampled it with 8/2 pink tencel. I've worried for close to year about using art yarn as warp. One way or the other, now I'll know.