Meet Sawyer


Hooray for writing a blog post and then not hitting publish. I wrote that last one Jan 7. Guess I really procrastinated on that too!

I got my loom warped in time for the workshop, and most of the dust bunnies cleared away.  I still have the warp on the loom or I’d take pictures. I want to do a little more designing myself before I cut it off.  I also finished the two tencel scarves that I copied from a friend. Pictures coming when I remember to take one during daylight. The next workshop is Crimp & Create with Dianne Totten.  Now that I’ve got the scarves off the loom I’ll be taking to the workshop, I can procrastinate winding the warp for that one.

One last trip for items donated to the guild. I brought back sewing supplies, a sewing machine, a rug loom or tapestry loom (I’m not quite sure which it is, or maybe it’s both), fabric, and more yarn. Our neighbor has a trailer so he was kind enough to take us there and haul the loom back so we didn’t have to take it apart.  Now to get everything cleaned up and out of our garage. Lizzie (my CRV) doesn’t like sitting outside all day and night *pout*

Last Saturday, our local animal shelter had an event.  Half price adoptions, vendors, a band, hot dog stand, and raffles. We have been talking about getting another dog for quite a while, always dithering back and forth about how the current pets would deal with another. Saturday, we met this guy

Sawyer

Bella, our GS mix, in the background, and a handwoven towel on the floor to the right haha. This is Sawyer, previously known as Milan, which sounded like Disney’s Mulan to us, which is not fitting for such a handsome man. The paper on his kennel said he is 1/2 Australian Shepherd and 1/2 German Shepherd, and he is 5 years old. We took him to his free vet checkup, especially since his first night here he started coughing, and the vet thinks he’s closer to 2 than 5. He got antibiotics for his kennel cough and is on the mend now.  We are dealing with some challenges but we believe he is a great dog.  We’ve been very spoiled with Bella from the moment we got her so these challenges are a learning experience for all of us.

The Great Procrastination


Since last we met, The Man and I picked up two more loads of yarn and stuff.  Imagine the previous picture x 2. I’m not going to be parking in my garage for awhile.  I’ve gone through most, but not close to everything.  I still need to go back and pick up a large rug/tapestry type loom.  She had a Leclerc Nilus that unfortunately would have cost more to repair than it was worth.  Water and termite damage had eaten one side of the loom, the beams were cracked, etc.  Most of the yarn is acrylic I believe and I’ll be lucky if anyone takes it.  But, I’m a little bit of a yarn snob too.

Marg Coe is teaching a workshop at the guild this weekend on Tied Weaves.  I, as per my usual fashion, put off deciding colors until the last minute. Which also means I’m warping the loom at the last minute.  I’ll be hosting her while she is here, which means I also need to clear out the dust bunnies.  Now, I have 2 days to get the loom warped and get the house cleaned up and it sounds like plenty of time. But in my mind, it’s a frantic rush to get things done.  And instead of doing the things I need to do, I’m procrastinating by writing this here post.

Full load


We traveled about an hour today to pick up a donation to the weaving guild.  The back of my CRV, with the back seat down, was LOADED.

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In order to fit it all, we removed most of the yarn from boxes and fit it into whatever nook and cranny we could find.  There are 2 table looms, 2 inkle looms, a squirrel cage swift, and a warping board hidden in there, along with a large knitting machine and other miscellaneous.  One of the inkle looms I’m not sure is an inkle loom.

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There appears to be a piece missing on the end closest to the camera.  I’m also not sure what that red piece close to the other end is used for.  It swivels around, like the hand of a clock, but there’s nothing for it to catch on.

Tomorrow I’ll begin the task of going through the yarn, making sure it’s all in usable shape, and sorting it by fiber if possible.  Then hopefully stacking it neat enough in boxes that I can park in the garage again.

Prelim draft


If I wove near as much as I played with weaving software planning what to possibly weave, we’d have handwovens overflowing out the rooftop.  Hearts. Some people hate ’em, I’m one of those that doesn’t.  This design is my own, I started from scratch.  To really see this, you’ll have to click to make bigger as it represents over 30″ of width.

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Top half, or 1/3 as the case may be – the hearts are close together, all going the same direction for each half.  Where they would change direction would be the middle.

Botton half, or 2/3 – More space between the hearts.  They change direction every other heart. Up down up down. I like this one best as of right now.

Both drafts have the lines of hearts spaced 2 lines a little close, 1 farther out, 2 lines close, 1 farther out, etc. I’m not sure if I like that better than evenly spaced or not.

I may have to do a little more playing with this. I like the line that goes from heart to heart, especially in the bottom section. The hearts are connected. Others may not feel the same way. Opinions welcome, what do you think?

The draft above isn’t bad, but look at the fun that happens when you change the colors

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I just randomly plugged in some colors for the stripes. I don’t have those exact colors, though I imagine that I have close, especially considering UPS just dropped off a nice 12lb box from Webs. Yay yarn!

Twined rug completed


Finished the rug 2 days ago.  Hindsight being 20/20 and all, I wish I had used a variety of colors instead of the same 2 throughout.  It’s just… too blue. I knew the floral sheet had some blue in it, I just didn’t realize how much until it was too late.  Still, it’s on the bathroom floor, all cushy for the feet, so it serves its purpose.  I’m hoping that when it gets a turn in the washer, the brown warp will disappear a little more into the body of the rug and not be obvious pointy ends sticking out.

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Next I’m going to weave some tencel scarves, copying the previously mentioned friend.  I layed my yarn cards out on the table, picked the colors, then found I probably don’t have enough of one of the colors. Rinse repeat. Finally got smart and just picked from the cones instead of the cards.

 

Twining


At some point over the summer, I became interested in twining.  I made a small twining frame loom and made a couple of 6″ pieces to see how it worked and such.  I liked it enough that I decided to make a loom big enough to make a small rug for the bathroom or kitchen. Made the large loom, cut 7 or so sheets into strips (doing this by hand takes FOREVER fyi), then lost interest because I was so sick of the strips of fabric. While making some yarn cards, I was making a few trips back and forth in the room that has the yarn and loom, and it kept catching my eye. So

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I have it leaning up against a table and occasionally, I see thistwinerugpaw

Dec 1


It’s hard to believe it’s December 1st already.  Once again, I didn’t weave any planned gifts.  My girls haven’t even received their yearly scarves, much to their disappointment.

My last day of work was Wednesday. Even though I had been thinking about quitting, it was harder to leave than I thought it would be.  It doesn’t feel real yet. That’s likely because of the holiday weekend, and Sam has had the last 4 days off also.

I’ve been attempting to learn how to use Photoshop, in my case PS Elements 9, to create weaving designs. Not usually successfully either, which was very frustrating.  I was finally able to create a liftplan on my own, without having to look at my books for every move I made.  I still have a lot to learn and am by no means an expert yet. These were “inspired by” a photo but being as no one from that group reads this blog, I think I’m safe in putting them here.  I don’t know that I’ll weave either of these, which are around 30″ wide. The longer I look at them, the more I don’t like them. I might like them tomorrow or in a week, who knows. (click for bigger if you want)

(Pictures removed because they were just too awful!)

This is a draft I created over 2 years ago when I was trying to learn network drafting.  I added some color to it today, and have three different treadlings.  This one I might actually weave, probably the 3rd treadling.

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T minus 3


The countdown is on. T minus 3 days until I am no longer working.  I’m a little sad but also very happy. I’m going to miss making the software a better product and finding errors, but I’m going to have more time for doing the things I want to do.  Even if cleaning house is one of them.

I had lunch with a weaving friend last week. I always come away from our lunches so inspired by the work she’s done. Every time, I find myself wanting to do something like hers.  This time was no exception. She had some beautiful scarves and the iridescence in them was.. Oh My!  I’m planning my first projects, after the work thing is done, to be the same. I don’t have the same colors she used and even if I did, I probably wouldn’t copy them exactly.  I need those iridescent scarves though.  I hope mine turn out as pretty as hers.

I’m also planning to try my hand at woven wraps for babywearing.  This is going to take some time.  I’ll have to do some sampling to make sure I have the sett and structure right. I think I’ll be able to do them with no problems because I’ve done a bit of research on how they need to be, and also what babywearers expect and need.

I’m looking forward to having the time to make some things for our guild sale next year. Every year, I say I’m going to weave something to put in the sale, and every year, I fall short.  This year will be different. (Famous last words!) I don’t want to have a weaving business, but we only need so many towels and they’re my favorite thing to weave, so a few for the guild sale should let me scratch the towel itch and possibly make a few dollars as a perk.

 

Redfish


The first time I saw Redfish Dyeworks at a sale, my heart fluttered.  Fluttered I tell you! I bought a couple of skeins of 60/2 and wove a scarf, terrified the whole time that I was going to be throwing a bunch of money down the drain. Those threads are thin! What if I had a lot of breakage? To my surprise, I didn’t have a single broken thread. This stuff is stronger than I thought it would be.  I vowed I would buy a skein or two at each show to build up a stash. This is what I’m up to

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At our guild sale a couple of weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to some 20/2 silk. Because I sold all the things that I put on the sale table, I celebrated by getting a whole set of colors. They weren’t in a set, they were just simply next to each other. Redfish does such an excellent job with their displays. I didn’t have to dig around trying to figure out which colors would work together, they were just there.

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I’m planning a gradation of some sort with these, though those plans may change. With the help of a guildmate and Redfish, I chose a color for weft. She didn’t have that color in 20/2 so will be dyeing it and sending it to me.

 

More weaving time coming up


In the summer of 2009, my old boss contacted me and asked if I would be willing to do some work for them for a couple of months. At the end of those couple of months, he asked if I’d be willing to stay a little longer, and I did.  That couple of months has turned in to 4 1/2 years.  On Wednesday, he told me that we would have to part ways at the end of the year due to potential issues with the IRS.  If the laws were to be interpreted a certain way, it could cost them a lot of money to have a contract employee in another state, even though I’m not an employee. Hard to explain without a lot of boring details.  I decided to rip off the band aid and just go ahead and give my two weeks notice this morning. I kind of hated doing that to my boss because I know it leaves him in a little bit of a bind, but I also know I’m not going to be worth 2 cents for the rest of the year knowing that it’s coming to an end, and that’s not fair either.  Yay, more time for weaving! I’m okay with that. And I’m really okay with not working there anymore, though I’ll miss the money.  Glad I have a little bit (ha!) of a stash built up.

I don’t know if my throwing fits over the phone had any influence on the mattress situation or if they could tell from the pictures that they wouldn’t have a fighting chance, but whatever it was, they’re supposedly going to be replacing the mattress. I called on Monday to see if I could get a copy of my original receipt. The girl told me they had created a PO to replace the mattress, and someone would be contacting me in 7-10 days.  We’ll see.

 

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