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Monday, May 2, 2016

Oh, My Aching Back!!

When I last left you I was waiting for the correct jacks to be sent to me from Glimakra for my Standard's upgrade to eight shafts.  I didn't have to wait long - the correct jacks were at my door 3 days later!

Here are the shafts, all loaded up with new texsolv heddles;

Little by little, I crawled under the loom to finish the conversion.  This was done during my "busy" week at work, when I only have a couple of days in which to do chores and "play."  I also wanted to take time to do this right.  When I first got the loom, I was totally overwhelmed by how different the process of tying up was from my jack loom.  I feel like I was adjusting things with little knowledge as to why lamms, shafts and treadles should be a certain way.  Along the way, I've jiggered with the tie ups a bit, but each time felt like I just needed to get it done so I could get to weaving.  Because I was starting from scratch this time, I wanted to ensure that everything was where it should be.

Once the correct jacks were installed, I brought the countermarche back to the loom and place the shafts in the shaft holders.  Then I moved the countermarche to the back of the loom and placed the bench inside the space so I could sit there to thread.  Well, what a difference a few shafts can make! There was so much less room in which to thread!  I had to contort myself to be able to see the 7th and 8th shafts well enough to thread the warp. Needless to say, that part of the process has fallen further down my list of "things I enjoy about my loom."  Does anyone out there have any pearls of wisdom about a better process?

Ready to be threaded;

When I am threading a new-to-me pattern, a little trick I use is post-it notes.  The little mini ones are perfect for framing however many threads my memory thinks it can handle in one go.  Then the notes just get re-stuck at the next interval of threads.  Easy peasy, and a great help to this aging brain.

Once threaded and sleyed,  the countermarche assembly was moved to the front of the loom so that I could lash onto the front beam.  Then it was time to tie up the lamms.  At this point, I would usually leave the shafts in the shaft holders as I tie up the lamms, but in the past I think that has led to some issues with the shed.  This time, I removed the holders, so the subsequent tie ups of the lamms would be based on where the shafts would actually be during weaving.

Here's a photo of the lamms, all nice and even;

Once the lamms were done, I had to put this project on hold to start a quicker but secret project that I can't disclose here.  Safe to say it will be revealed soon, and is almost completed after only a few hours of work.  Right now I'm just waiting for it to dry before the finishing touches are added.

While I was waiting, I went back to the big loom and tied up the treadles.  Again, a much more onerous activity with the smaller amount of space under the loom, hence the aching back reference.  I did this last night after dinner, and that was a mistake, because it really affected my sleep.  Note to self...don't do that again!

This morning, I removed the jack pins, always a nail-biting moment for me, as I wait to see if the shafts stay even.  They did (yay!), but upon testing the shed I found a bunch on sleying errors - grrrr! I think I got it all sorted by lunch time, so hopefully this afternoon I can at least sample a bit.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Conversion on Hold

Apologies in advance to the non-weavers out there.  This is a loom "tech" heavy post - no yummy new weaves to look at!

After my last post, I decided that I did indeed want to upgrade my Standard to eight shafts as my next "project." Once I gave myself a moment to think about it, I realized that it shouldn't take too much time to do, once the missing metal parts were obtained at the local hardware store.

On Monday, I took the morning to organize the rest of the texsolv that came with my loom when I purchased it. They were all in a ziplock bag, and looked like this - some were grouped together, some were not.

As you can see, I also had my partial tube of texsolv that I purchased when I decided to redo the treadle tie-ups. I was afraid I wouldn't have enough, but after measuring and grouping the texsolv together by size, it looked like this;

I should have more than enough for the upgrade, including the necessary treadle tie-ups for treadles 5-8!

My first step this morning after breakfast was to put the new treadles on the back rod - the easiest part of the project, I'm sure!  I then put the new short lamms on the rod - also very easy.  The new long lamms are too long and need to be cut back to 40 inches, so they are not installed yet.

After that was all done, I took four of the new shaft bars and, one by one, laid them on top of the old bottom shaft bars, making sure to not miss any heddles.

Once I was sure that everything was in place, I undid the restraining line on the old bar and retied it to the new one.  I carefully pulled out the old bar, repeated this for the other 3 shafts already on the loom, and, Voila!

Four shafts with old bars on top and new bars on the bottom, just like I was instructed to do!  You can see the newer treadles on the outsides underneath.

I then brought the remaining old bars and new bars (4/4) to the dining room table to put on the new heddles and restraining ties.

Luckily, my kitties were napping during this adventure!  One loves to chew on plastic, and the other is fascinated by string of any kind. Lots of opportunities for them to get into mischief here!

Once these new shafts were done, I took them to the loom to place in the new shaft holders.  I had temporarily hung the holders from the side frame of the loom so I could take the countermarche off.  Here's the original countermarche on the table;

I was really on a roll at this point, and thought that the whole thing could get put back together by lunch! Removing the pivot rods from the countermarche proved to be a bit of a challenge, but after trying several different tools, I removed them and got ready to install the four new jacks.  But then I saw this;

Notice anything?  None of the holes line up with the pivot holes on the old jacks.  Instead, the new jacks have three holes, and don't line up no matter how the pieces are positioned.  I'm at a loss about this.  Perhaps the nice Glimakra folks accidentally sent me the wrong things.  I did double check my invoice, and the listing seems correct.  I've emailed a photo to Sarah, who was so helpful when I ordered, so I'm hoping to hear back from her soon, but in the meantime, I'm stuck with a half-taken apart loom, and strings all over my table for the cats to play with.  My hubby offered to cut new holes, but I'm just not sure if the wood will still be as strong and hold up well.

I've since worked up my first project on the loom for when it is complete - an eight shaft towel warp, which I can start measuring today onto the sectional beam.  But should I?

The saga continues...

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Since completing the competition wrap I have found myself dead in the water when it comes to weaving.  Lots of "I should's" swirling in my brain, but very little action.  Do I wind a quick tencel scarf warp on which to try dyeing for the first time?  Or design some towels using random pinstripes?  Or maybe an eight shaft heart weave of some sort?  So many ideas that my poor noggin basically just says, "nope" to all of them, and it just lays there, paralyzed by indecision.

I did manage to weave the turned twill towels off the loom, but only because the shop that wanted a half dozen sent a deadline.  I ended up with 10 towels instead of 12.  I used the same "recipe" as I have in the past, yet the towels came out a bit long.  That was the warp from, well, you know where, and I'm very glad to get it off the Baby Wolf.  I didn't end up with too many issues with tension, once it was all tied on, but the beginning of the process was so onerous that I think I will steer clear of trying to use my warping square to wind warps for looms that don't have sectional beams.  So the shop that requested 6 towels received them on Wednesday, and my shop will have 4, once I can force myself to take those glamour shots.  All I have right now are in progress pics;

In other news, I am happy to announce that someone wants to buy my competition wrap!!  Good news indeed!  I discounted it quite a bit to make up for the repaired mistreadlings, but I'm just so glad that it will be loved.  It should be on its way back to me after being tested locally by a fellow weaver, after which it will soon be winging its way to a happy mama!

I'm also looking into weaving a baby blanket.  I have Tom Knisely's book on the subject, and just started to thumb through it for ideas.  I love the fact that he recommends carpet warp as a yarn to use - it's hard to imagine that it results in a nice soft blanket, so I'm intrigued.

And, of course, the other option for a next project is to finally take the parts that I purchased after Christmas to upgrade my Glimakra loom to 8S/10T out of the box!  I think I'm a little afraid to start the project.  Maybe I'll end up messing up the heddles by accident when I take all of the shafts off in order to rearrange the shaft bars. Apparently all of the new ones have to either be the top or bottom shafts, so the entirety of the shafts have to be removed.  And what if I don't have enough texsolv to hang the new shafts and/or tie up the treadles?  It's pricey stuff, so I don't want to buy it if I don't have to, but I also don't want to be in the stuck with a half taken apart loom while I wait for an order to ship.  But it is mid April, after all, so the box has been standing in the living room since January.  Do you see how ridiculous it is inside my head???

In non-weaving news, hubby decided that we needed a new fridge, which I secretly think was in response to a bit of guilt over the new tractor.  To be sure, we had had our old one for 23 years, and though it was still working well, it seemed to be running more often lately, and occasionally made some odd noises.

After much research, we (I) decided on a freezer on the bottom, two "French" door model from LG.

It does take a bit to get used to, and we're still playing with food placement, but I am looking forward to our next electric bill!  This fridge is larger in all dimensions than our old one, and the cabinets that used to be over the old fridge won't fit, so for now the space is bare.  Hopefully, that can be remedied soon.

And a last shot that really proves that Mother Nature has such a silly sense of humor.  All winter we have been blessed with little snow and milder than normal temperatures, all of which were much appreciated after the very harsh winters we've recently experienced.  So what does she do?  When it is officially spring, she sends snow. And cold.  Over and over.  No, the snow doesn't last very long with the sun closer to us, but still..  Here is a few of our crocuses, which somehow escaped our garden and came up on the lawn, only to be bent low with snow.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Love's Emergence

Here's the big reveal!  My entry in the Spring 2016 Competition of Weavers!

You can see the inspiration photo in the upper right.  It's a micrograph of Pitocin crystals.  Being an OB nurse, Pitocin, or our endogenous oxytocin, has all kinds of meaning for me. In the contest, besides a 4-photo collage, we were to write a 250 word or less blurb on why we picked this particular project.

Here's what I wrote:

Pitocin. A word that can strike fear into laboring women. It represents pain that comes in
uncontrollable waves, strong and stronger, powerful enough to propel a baby through the birth canal,
stretching and sometimes tearing tissue. After the birth, it is often used to control post partum bleeding,
encouraging the uterus to continue contracting, closing off the many micro vessels that are left open
after the delivery of the placenta. And yet...
Pitocin. The love hormone. The snuggle hormone. It brings us closer to our baby, even through the
exhaustion of early parenting; the late nights, the need to fulfill the baby's needs over our own. It plays
an important role in breastfeeding, causing the let down reflex. Not only does it support and strengthen
the bond between mother and baby, but it also has a strong affect on the closeness we feel with our
partner. Per Wickipedia, “[Pitocin] evokes feelings of contentment, reductions in anxiety, and feelings
of calmness and security when in the company of the mate.”
Working in labor and delivery, I see the opposing effects pitocin can have every day. I chose to use this
micrograph, courtesy of Alfred Pasieka, because the colors clearly symbolize the two sides of the
hormone: the fire-y oranges and yellows represent the intensity of labor and birth, while the cooler
blues/greens are for the calm and closeness afterwards."

Maybe a bit too technical, not warm and fuzzy, but it's what came to mind.  Anyways, I didn't make it past the first round of voting, which I expected but still somehow feel badly about.  Today I'm in the consolation round, but expect to get booted from that as well.

I have to say that I love taking part in these contests, not necessarily because of the great exposure, but the camaraderie that takes place between the competitors is amazing.  Everyone is so supportive and helpful.  I didn't see or experience any one-upmanship, only praise and encouragement.  Truly a great group of weavers.

Here are a couple of other photos to give you an idea of the plan I followed.

I decided to use a Fibonacci sequence to place color gradients on the tails and as middle marker.  Yes, there was math involved, but I was very happy to see that the middle marker is indeed in the middle!

What do you do when you don't have a baby to wrap for photos???

On the smaller loom now is another set of turned twill towels.  A shop asked for some, so I'm weaving 12, 6 for her and 6 for my shop.  After that, I need to weave some chenille shawls and some more towels using drafts I haven't tried before.  But hopefully, the next thing I will do is put the extra shafts and treadles on the big loom so that I can use it to weave 8 shaft drafts!  I'm a bit nervous about trying to get it up and going, but hope I will figure it out.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

"Good" Times!!

Now that the date for submitting photos to the weavers' competition is here, and mine are all done (!), all that's left is the voting.  And the waiting.  And worrying.  Right now I'm still sketchy on the procedure after being eliminated and placed in the consolation round, but I'll think about that another day.

Since my last post, I have finished winding the warps for my turned twill towels, and boy, was I right when I predicted tangles!  With each successive bout I tried different things to improve my chances of carefree warping. I tightened the tension on the Square as I pulled the yarn off, which seemed to help a bit.  I also warped fewer sections, which helped tremendously - I wish I had thought of that sooner.

As I began warping, which I do back-to-front, I had the yarn tangling at the lease sticks almost right away.  Now, I know that you're only supposed to strum yarn and never comb it, but I had to do something.  Because I had read of many baby wrap weavers using a Tangle Teezer to help them with their issues, I thought I would use a hairbrush with similar, plastic bristles.  It did seem to help for a time, but all it was really doing was building up the tangles further down the chains, until I was left with 12 yards of this;

At this point, the only way of moving forward was to take each 28 end section one at a time, separate the yarn at the lease sticks, then clear the tangles for a yarn or so with my fingers.  I then temporarily tied a slip knot, until a few sections had been cleared, at which point I tied them together with another slip knot and placed S hooks and weighted med canisters.  I would then wind the yarn on, only a few inches at a time, until I could no longer get the yarn to move over the sticks.  I would then stop and clear everything all over again. I have to say, as great as 10/2 merc cotton is, it is super twisty!  I even gave myself some "yarn burns" while running the yarn over my fingers - ouch!

Here is the warp after I'd finger combed and weighted it, ready to be wound on.

And after it was wound on;

I guess you could say that this is my version of Laura Fry's warping trapeze!.

I found that manipulating the yarn this way, would allow me to wind the warp half a yard at a time, and it would only take me 30-45 minutes!  Talk about tedious.  But there was no way around this mess, so I've been plucking away at it, and today I finally have it on and ready to thread!

The next post will surely have pics of the competiton wrap, but hopefully also some towels.  I've been spending a bit more time doing work-related things that I'd like, but such is life, so weaving will have to be fit in here and there.

On another note, Hubby literally just took possession of this used Kubota tractor.  He's always talked of wanting some kind of tractor, which seemed ridiculous, seeing that we don't own a lot of land or work it much. It just seemed like a "guy" thing; he'd see one, even a huge one, on the side of the road, and say "Ooh, a tractor!!  I need one of those!"  It got to be a bit of a joke.  Well, joke no more.

Pardon the bad angle, but here he is, inspecting his new toy!  By the way, the blue barrels belong to our neighbor who's in the bait business.  We've tried growing shrubs to hide them, but so far haven't had a lot of luck - it's pretty shady there.

We may be getting a new fridge soon, as our 23 year old Kitchenaid is getting very loud and running a lot.  After looking around, I really like the looks of the French door models with the freezers on the bottom, but we have limited space in out tiny kitchen, so I'm not sure what we'll end up with.  I'm sure it won't be as colorful as the tractor, though!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Winding Some Warp

The weavers' competition piece is done!  Washed a total of three times, photographed to within an inch of its life, it is safely tucked away until the voting is complete.  This finally allows me to start another project, one with a deadline, which I dislike.  I already put a lot of pressure on myself in most aspects of my life, so I don't need additional pressure, but a shop wants 6 towels by the end of April/early May, so I'd best get cracking.

The towels are going to be turned twill towels, similar to these that I wove last year.

I'll be using 10/2 mercerized natural cotton for the warp, and several different colors for the weft.  Six for the shop, and six for my shop.  As I look forward to the Portland craft show in late August, I really need to start stocking up, and towels are always good sellers.

Instead of winding my warp on my warping board, I thought I might try to use my mini Square to wind the chains. The configuration that I've used before, with it mounted on my back beam on the big Glimakra, would not work for chaining, so my hubby slapped together this stand, which is based on the original Square's design.

I clamp the separate arm onto the end of the long extension arm, and can put the mini reed there when I am ready to pull the warp off.  It works a treat, but surprisingly, it seems slower to use than my board.  Maybe because each revolution is only one end, while the board makes two ends each time you return the yarn to the beginning peg?  But, on top of that, because I have to cut the yarn to take it off, I have to have a knot at both ends, which isn't great for back to front warping.  I've only gotten 2 bouts finished, and am debating winding the rest on the board, but I think that either way, I will end up with lots of tangles to deal with - not fun over 12 yards' length.

The weather here in Maine continues to be skewed.  We are having a second day of temps in the 50's here on the midcoast, which is way above normal.  Yesterday, several Maine cities hit 70 degrees!  I have to admit, I was a bit jealous of that, but 50's still let me take long walks without freezing, so I'm happy with that.  We're due for some rain tonight into tomorrow, then a very nice weekend. I have to work Friday and Saturday, but look forward to getting outside again on Sunday.

More pictures next time, I hope!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


I've just completed knitting my handspun, hand dyed socks this week!  They were worked on mostly after dinner, while sitting and watching the news.  I'm not sure why, but I really love to watch the news, even though the information itself has been quite troubling of late. Anyway, I don't need to watch it as much as listen, so I sit and knit.

After completing them, I soaked them in Euclalan for a bit, spun them in my washer, and now they are hanging on a little mitten stand, drying.  Or "drying," I should say, because we are having a very wet, warm, gray day here in Maine.  Luckily, for my socks, the temps are going to plummet this evening, so we'll start the woodstove, which will dry my socks in no time.  Our winter weather this year has been so wacky - you could get whiplash trying to keep up.  Temps are expected to go sub-zero Friday morning, then 30's over the weekend, working up to 60's by next Wednesday!  Not a typical Maine winter, for which I am grateful after the last two, harsh ones, but still...

Here they are pre-soak, and now that I look at the photo, I'm just noticing the vast difference in how the colors are distributed.  I must have done the dye job differently, even though I was trying to be consistent.  Oh well, I guess I will have no trouble telling them apart!

And this is what I had left (that is a business card, for scale);

I've learned to knit my toes and heels with millspun and smaller needles to help prevent holes, but in this case, it's a good thing I did, because I don't think I'd have had enough yarn to finish the job.  Next on the needles will be, yes, another pair of socks, this time from one of the skeins that I received for Christmas.  Maybe I'll look into that this weekend.

As for weaving news, I have completed weaving the competition baby wrap.  After going over it with a magnifying glass, I saw a couple of places where a mistreadling was apparent, so I am needle-weaving in the missed weft rows.  Once I'm done, the wrap will be wet finished, dried and ironed.

Photography of this wrap is puzzling me a bit, because my usual static shots of a folded or rolled wrap won't show off one of it's prettiest elements.  I'm struggling to come up with a way to do this without a live model handy, so that will be the next hump to overcome.  The final photo collages are due March 24th, so I have a bit of time. But taxes still need to be done. and there are still extra meetings at work next week for our software system upgrade, so free time is a fleeting thing here. Just keep plugging away at it...

Monday, February 22, 2016

I'm (Almost) Back!!

As much as I love taking part in the weavers' competitions on Facebook, the prolonged secrecy makes it way to easy to drop off the map and stop blogging.  After all, if all of your crafting is being done in secret, what is there to talk about??  I'm afraid the rest of my life is pretty darned boring, so not much help there.

The good news is, I just finished the weaving portion on this competition baby wrap!  The length came out as I had calculated - always a good thing!  I've taken a few photos along the way to share later, but now comes the true tedium:  the thread by thread checks for mistakes, then the wet finishing, and lastly, the photography work.  I really wish I had a baby to wear, since it can be a challenge to get photos that really grab the viewer's attention when all of the photos are taken on a flat surface.  And even though I work with new moms all the time, I do not feel I can ask anyone to model for me.  I don't even know if I would be capable of taking the kinds of photos I've seen others do if I had a live model.  So it may again be a collage of folded and/or rolled cloth that gets submitted by the deadline of March 23rd for the final voting on March 31st.

I've also been working, gasp, overtime!  We've had a bit of a baby boom lately, with some complications requiring longer stays, plus I'm one of several nurses starting the collaborative work to change our hospital over to another medical records software system.  We are part of a much larger medical system, and most of the hospitals in this system have already been converted to Epic, which is the software that the "mother ship" uses.  We were supposed to make the conversion earlier, but several problems cropped up at the largest hospital, so all was put on hold until those issues got resolved.  We are now just starting again, and there have been a few meetings over the last couple of weeks to go to.  This week I also have to do my NRP recertification (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), which will be an additional 4 hours on Wednesday.

So in the very small category of shareable fiber news, I can show you a photo of my sock that I'm knitting from the yarn that I spun and dyed awhile ago.  You remember the yarn, yes?  Mohair/wool/nylon that I spun on my spindle and dyed with Wilton food dyes.

I decided to knit the toes and heels with millspun, since I've had issues before with handspun not being durable enough in those areas.  So here's a shot of a sock, at the point where I start increasing for the gusset.

I bit over exposed, but you can see how the pastel sections outnumber the more saturated colors.  As I'm knitting, I've been wishing I had just used all purples of different intensities, since I like those sections the best!

Up next on the loom with be a 12 yard warp of 10/2 mercerized cotton for a set of turned twill towels. One of the consignment shops has been very interested in getting some to sell, so I promised I would have six for them by May.  The other six will go to my shop, or into the bin for the summer craft fair.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


What a fun name!  I'm not even sure whether it's pronounced bum-ber-et or bum-ber-ay, though I prefer the latter.  Either way, what a quick weave, and the towels have a nice texture to them.  These are the first towels that I've woven using Maurice Brassard 8/2 cotton, and I really enjoyed using it. The colors aren't as vibrant as 10/2 mercerized yarn, but it has a much better feel to it than the 8/2 unmercerized cotton from Halcyon. That yarn has quite a rough texture.

As you can see, I ended up with 6 towels instead of the 4 that were expected, so BONUS!  I also have a bit of scrap that I'll be able to use for something, I'm sure.  I wove 2 towels using 2 different shades of purple;

Two from a black cotton;

and 2 from black cottolin. Although that yarn was 8/2, it seemed a bit thicker, and so the towels have a different feel to them.

When you look at a closeup of the cloth, you can see a small pattern that seems to remind me of cloven hooves, for some reason.

All in all, these were a fun, quick project that used stash yarn only, so a win-win.  They will soon be listed in my Etsy shop, after I come up with some text that sounds knowledgeable.

I got word last week that a long time coworker was going to resign after 40 years as a nurse!  She and I have had our moments, but I've learned so much from her over the years that I wanted to make something for her that she would like, so I temporarily shelved my next project and whipped up a tencel scarf for her, using a draft that is so intricate and popular.  I originally found it on a blog, http://weeverwoman.blogspot.com/, where on Nov 23 2009 Susan graciously shared the draft.  I've woven this several times, and I know my coworker once spoke of wanting one, so I quickly measured the warp and dressed the small loom.  After I lashed on, I wove a few inches, when I found a sleying error.  I just couldn't bring myself to unweave, or snip out all those weft ends, so I cut the warp, resleyed and lashed, and started again!  Good thing I found the error so quickly - with the new shortened warp, I was just able to weave the correct length.

Here is a photo of it on the loom;

I hemmed it this morning, wet-finished it, and it is now laying flat to dry. Just love this draft!

As bad as I am about keeping up with this blog, it's going to get worse, I fear, as the next Competition of Weavers is happening over on Facebook.

I wasn't sure that I would be taking part this time, but the theme is "Under the Microscope," and I very quickly had what I feel is a unique inspiration, so I'm all in.  If you remember from last time, everything surrounding this competition is top secret, so I won't be sharing any details until the voting is over on April 7th.  There have been rule changes, though, one of which is that the wrap has to be a one of a kind, so no long warps.  Barring unforeseen issues, my entry should work up fairly quickly, after which I can start my next, public project.

Weather-wise, we have emerged from 2 weeks of the deep freeze, and have experienced 2 days of relatively mild weather, with temps in the upper 30's-low 40's.  We were very fortunate to have missed the blizzard that affected so many on the East coast, and we watched and remembered that last year on this very day we ourselves got 2 feet of snow.  It was the beginning of what was to become one of the worst winters on record for cold and snow.  I hope everyone stayed safe, and that things are returning to normal, with power and passable roads. This El Nino is really crazy this year!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Next Up!

Well, the draw for the wrap was a flop.  No takers, so it's gone into the bin until someone decides they want it.  I don't have any others in stock at the moment, so eventually it will go, I hope.  I've yet to list it in my Etsy shop, but plan to soon.

The cowls had a much warmer reception, with two of the three being sold.  All that is left is the lighter-colored one, woven with natural-colored weft.  That is listed on my chatter page on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1657157491162412/ - along with a couple of inkle bands.

This morning I wet-finished the second wrap, woven with black 8/2 tencel as weft.  I love how the colors pop!  I hope to take photos later today, so look for them in the next post.  The final length is 4.35 meters, so it is longer than the other wrap.  Not sure whether I'll list it in a draw, or just straight up for sale.  I have to work over the next two days, so it probably won't be listed until Sunday or Monday.  I still have to sew the ring sling as well.

On the big Standard, I've put on a quick towel project to try out a new-to-me structure, Bumberet.  On Ravelry in the Warped Weavers group (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/warped-weavers) there was a thread recently filled with colorful towels woven using this structure, and I was captivated by them. Turns out that this is a very old draft, and it has several treadlings.  Some folks found it on Handweaving.net, but most used a draft from Handwoven magazine, March/April 2015, which is what I decided to use.  I also wanted this to be a stash-busting project, so I used 7 colors of Maurice Brassard 8/2 unmercerized cotton.

This photo is a bit over-exposed, but you get the idea.  443 ends, wound in groups of three, 6.5 yards long.  I used the Warping Square, and this time it performed perfectly.  I'm not sure whether it's because I did something differently, or because it was such a short warp, but what a pleasure to use! Yesterday and today I finished threading and sleying, and hopefully I will be able to lash on later today.  More pics to come!

I did (finally!) realize that I had the answer to the question of "How do I wind a warp with many color changes without hurting my back bending over to retrieve the yarns?"  My Glimakra bench! My cone stand fits perfectly on it, and as a bonus, it seemed to stop all the tangling that would occasionally happen has yarns came up and over the top of the stand.

A perfect solution staring me in the face all this time!

I'm still knitting on my socks that I'm making using some yarn I bought from another knitter on Ravelry.  The socks are working up quickly, and I'm almost done with the cuff of the second sock (I knit toe up).

 I'm looking forward to starting a few more pairs soon, with some of the yarn I got for Christmas, plus a skein I bought recently in Portland that has a touch of cashmere in it.  Excited!