Friday, May 12, 2017
So I finished weaving the blue scarf. The next two warps from the workshop are tencel and they're smooth yarns. The weather is still dreary and we've had frost the past three nights so there's not much point in yard work yet, and with the Smart program (reading to kinders) concluded for this year, I've had a little bit of free time lately. I just haven't used it very well. Last day. Good grief.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
It's really a pleasure to walk on the path along the irrigation canal and I'm trying to take advantage of it as often as I can.
Before long these geese will strong-arm their way into possession of the paths, to say nothing of the copious goose poop and it looks like there are going to be a lot of poopers very soon. Click for big to see how many! Plus you really need a dog on a leash to avoid conflicts with the possessive males.
Like everyone else here, I'm struggling with spring fever and learned from last year that if you plant too soon, the last frost will get the last laugh. So I hope I'm demonstrating patience by planting seeds indoors: heirloom cucumbers, basil, tomatoes and next week I'll add zucchini seeds.
I swore I wouldn't buy any plants until June, but that was before I went to Costco and saw these pansies, day lilies and petunias, and against my better judgement, they are all in the ground.
I'm not the only one with spring fever. Maddie loves sitting on the sill closest to the bird feeder. This is the closest she'll ever get to it and she seems to be okay with it.
I ran down to the library after my art class this morning for some reference books to help with my project. For whatever reason I looked up and noticed that there are different quotations on the building. My favorite: "Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations." A man entering the building at the same time as me also stopped to look up and said - How about that? They even used a living person!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
I was wearing my knitted wool headband that says "science" on both sides and itched like mad. What a terrible idea! Our "scientist" was Dr Chaput, professor of infectious diseases and anatomy and physiology, and she was great sport, answering random questions off the cuff.
They only look marginally better here, half dry, hanging in the guest shower. I'm pleased with the tidepool and sunset colors. The splotchy purple and gold is even uglier in real life. I cannot imagine it being any less ugly after woven and I absolutely don't know what to say about The Coat of Many Colors on the right. Several weavers have assured me that the most disappointing painted warp often is the happiest result when woven. I realize as I look at this that I have eight scarves to weave which sounds like an awful lot to me.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
We each are making four prints but the one the second from the left is pretty much ruined by excessive ink on the brayer - a disappointing lesson that I won't repeat.
When I ink it with black, the only thing that will get inked is what I haven't carved away. I also cut a little deeper into the areas where I don't want the black to reach. I need a couple of additional tools plus the sharpening stones. New toys!