I finished the three scarves on my warp and as I suspected, they're much too firm. I honestly felt like I was beating lightly. There is a recent group on Facebook called 4-Shaft Weaving so I posted my frustrations there along with a picture. I got a lot of helpful comments, but the one that struck a chord was from a woman who said her weaving instructor cautioned - don't squash the bug. I need to try it again and save the bug.
I thought these looked really cool while I was weaving them but they really aren't all that interesting. I'm going to make small purses out of them, add some beads and long kumihimo straps
so it's not a total loss, but I obviously have a long way to go before I get then hang of scarves.
I had a little warp left at the end so I sampled with some of my handspun yarns and I have to tell you that I'm not excited about the results. I especially didn't like the thick and thin yarns in the weft - again, not that interesting for the work invested. It's been a day of self corrections.
I woke up this morning with the realization that I have three months before the three-day McQueen Craft Fair in October and I am nowhere near ready to fill a booth. I laid in bed for while, mulling over my options. I finally got up and emailed the program contact, opting out. I'll get a 50% refund for $83 and the other half will in essence be a donation to the high school band program and I'm good with that. I had no idea what a huge relief that would be. I celebrated by reading on front porch all afternoon and it was a perfect day for it.
Meanwhile, I made soap on Monday and cut them into bars today. I'll cut these in half to hand-soap size before they finish curing. They've been commissioned as wedding favors for an August wedding. Kelly, bride-to-be, has purchased seed-impregnated paper for the labels. When her guests plant the labels, they'll have a living memory of the wedding. Is that not the best idea or what?!
I decided to be safe that I'd make a second batch today. I'm very excited about this as Kelly is my running partner's daughter. I met Pam b.k. - before Kelly. Pam got divorced, we moved and life moved on and even though neither of us run anymore I've only had one running partner.
Ian and I are invited to the wedding barbeque. We're going to pass on the wedding. It's being conducted on a peak in Yosemite. I'm excited.