I finished the placemats and really like them - just in time for the end of summer. I figure we can use them for a while longer but I really want to make some in winter colors now and in just one weft color.
I’ve been nursing a neuroma in my left forefoot for the past couple of months. Walking to Evan’s freshman football game was challenging. I haven’t figured out why out of the blue it’s been hurting, but my walking partner Cinda hurt her hip a couple of months ago and is supposed to lay off exercise while it heals, and now it’s me. We’ve been getting together a couple times a week for coffee and knitting. Meanwhile I can feel my muscles atrophying.
Finally I had to throw in the towel and take myself to urgent care for a cortisone shot. I mentioned this to Cindie Kitchens, a weaver in Grants Pass, and she said yeah, she has trouble with the balls of her feet too from all the years of mashing on the loom treadles. She explained how she cushions her foot to alleviate that while weaving. It wasn’t until quite a while after our convo for me to realize that my foot starting hurting right around the time I wove the placemats. I bought a pair of Birkenstocks on Labor Day weekend and they help but then something irritates my foot again.
Today I tried several different pairs of shoes and these appear to be the winners. I wore them to wind this sampler warp and also to weave, my first time to weave in shoes in a long long time. I’m kinda holding my breath.
I noticed that I had no discomfort while warping for towels.
But I did after weaving. I’m feeling tentative and only wove for a little while today. So far, so good.