Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Moving Right Along

I have been using Texsolv as the cord to lash onto the front apron rod because I'm terrible at tying knots and the Texsolv is quickly secured by the pin.  But it's annoying to loop through a wider warp so I've gone back to cord that I wind on a bobbin.  I feed the bobbin end through, releasing more cord as I need it and just make a lot of terrible knots at both ends.  I have already checked for sleying and threading errors but one final check I make is to slide through two venetian blind slats in opposite plain weave sheds to make sure that I haven't reversed any of the colors in the pairs.  Ready to go.
This might be the warp where I went to far with crazy colors. It's bound to happen sometime.
I finished the scarf from handspun yarn and I think it's sold.  It really is pretty and has encouraged me make time to spin some more.
I'm starting with this fiber that I blended together - more crazy color. The reason I blend so many fibers together is to get to about a 50/50 blend of wool and silk or alpaca so the scarf won't be scratchy.
 I don't really feel like taking the time right now to blend more so I drove over to Mim's to see what she had in stock and bought 4 ounces of Panda is a pastel palette.  Panda is a blend so I'm not worried about making a scratchy scarf.  Now I have to decide if I want to ply it on itself or ply it with a 16/2 bamboo.

An unforecasted storm slipped through yesterday and gave us a very good rain, the first precipitation of 2015.  Unfortunately it was a warm storm so also rained on what little snow is in the mountains.  I got a last-minute call to sub yesterday morning and rain days with indoor recess are always a challenge.
I got a free iPad app for Maddie this morning called Cat Toy 3D on the recommendation of Robin Hasty.  It's just a mouse running around making a periodic squeak and at first she wanted nothing to do with it.
I just left it running on the sofa, counting on the curiosity of a cat.

It didn't take long at all for her to become completely engrossed.  At one point she jumped off the sofa to look under it.  Every so often she'd put too much pressure on the screen and close the app but otherwise, she was in mouser training.  And after I took it back, she spent ten minutes looking all over for the mouse, then went into the bedroom for a long siesta.


Michelle said...

I LOVE the brightly colored fabric! A cat app. Guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Nina said...

I also love the towels full of colour. Absolutely perfect when the outside is all white and grey colours of winter. Your spinning is lovely as are the colours you blend.