Showing posts from February, 2015

Rep Weave is Done!

I've finished weaving my first rep weave project, the placemats from Handwoven Jan/Feb 2008!  I learned a lot, and I think each placemat was slightly better than the previous one.  The first couple definitely leave a lot to be desired, in that I didn't know enough to really pull on the thick weft with every pick.  Because of that, there are some bits showing just inward of the selvedges.  Probably not a big deal to most, but now that I know better, it bothers me.

I ended up with 7 mats, so I'm keeping one and setting aside the others for gifts, I think.  The one I'm keeping is going on top of our little hutch, which had an old rag placemat underneath our sugar and creamer set.  The rep weave mat doesn't fit the space as well as the other, and you can make that out clearly by the difference in the color of the wood - hey, that hutch is old!.

Here are the rest of them. Not a great shot, just a quick pic on top of the ironing board.

One thing I learned from experience…

A Good Day!

You know the day holds promise when, after awakening early to go to another 12 hour shift (your third in four days), you get the call that you can be on stand by.  It couldn't have come at a better time, because my son has been home all weekend to visit, but I've mostly been at work, so it's nice to be able to spend some time with him.  There's still a chance that they will need me at the hospital, but so far I've done some weaving that would have otherwise had to wait, while he slept in.

Another plus - this last storm was predicted to give us another 20-24 inches of snow, but we were somehow mercifully spared the brunt of it and only received 6-8 inches.  Since my last post we have had 2-4 storms a week, with the majority being over a foot deep.  I think it is really wearing on people - we all seem to be walking around with stunned looks on our faces.  "How can this be???Again?!?!?" Our front "lawn" has so much snow ("how much is it?"…


This winter, the snow is the gift that just keeps on giving!!  Three storms in a week has produced more than 43 inches in Portland.  Normally, by this time of year, they have a total of 35 inches that has fallen from the sky for the season.  Instead, they have had more than they usually get in an entire winter, somewhere around 67+ inches.  And Bangor is worse off - they've had almost 90 inches of snow so far!!  Here on the midcoast, we are not wallowing around in quite that much snow, but we still have had more than our fair share.  And the almost constant arctic cold is also unusual for us here on the coast.  Not that we would be warm, but the normal average for today is 32 degrees, and most days we haven't been hitting 20.

And, oh joy, there is more on the way tonight into tomorrow!  I guess the thing to do is just go with the flow, but it's hard to put a positive spin on this.  There isn't anything anyone can do about it, but it sure is making for a lot of extra wo…