Last night was our guild meeting with presenter Joan Johnson from the Hangtown Fiber Guild talking about the not-so-rigid heddle loom. Sadly because of the snow, attendance was poor.
She brought six looms but I really took to this one. It looks like a backstrap loom in a truncated portable form. I sure could see the connection between the two. She shared projects, books and possibilities.
My favorite project was this scarf, woven from the same self-striping yarn as in the mitts.
My own rigid heddle class is a week from this Saturday and I still have to finish this scarf which I want to use as another sample. The class is for absolute beginners and will essentially be how to get the yarn onto the loom. It's just a two-hour class so I want to have their project started to the point they can complete it on their own. I haven't had time to work on it this week and am starting to feel anxious about the deadline.
I've subbed in two very dufferent middle school libraries all this week. What a difference the neighborhood and principal make. The school where I will sub again tomorrow is fantastic. I would sub there again in a heart beat and I won't go back to the other one again. Middle school starts at 7:30 so I have to get up at 4:45 to have plenty of time. The last two days I've had to drive in snow and on icy roads.
I wanted to share the tool that I just got in the mail. It's called a Ruby Beholder. Beryl had one in her purse and used it at a guild meeting. As you can see it's a value finer. When I'm placing my eight colors, I want to separate like colors and also values. I know I'm supposed to be able to squint and find the value, but I can't. I realize that not everyone needs a value finder, but if you do you can order one inexpensively through Amazon.
And this is my eticket for Southwest Airlines. We decided yesterday that I should go with Christina and Alexia to meet Olivia Grace next month. They're going the week of Alexia's spring break. Ian was able to get a seat for me on the same flight this morning and I'm giddy with anticipation and excitement. We'll be there for a week. It's the most time that we will ever have had with John, on top of getting to hold his baby. Never has it been more apt, all's well that ends well.