Showing posts from August, 2016

All Balled Up!

The yarns that I dyed for the upcoming baby wrap are dried and wound into balls!  It was so much fun to see the colors emerge and run through my fingers.

Next stop is to reload them on the Square, this time using the mini-reeds and feeding them onto the sectional beam.  I can't wait, but will have to for a bit as the living room renovation is completed but still needs a light sanding and then painting.

I really want to paint the north wall before I move the loom back there.  The wall needs a good scrub before that, but hopefully I can work on that tomorrow or over the weekend.

The craft fair went off without a hitch.  We got up at 4:15 and hit the road by 5:30.  Congress St in Portland (Maine) was closed off, and there was a sea of white tents by 9 AM.  The Maine Crafts Association, which put on the show, had two city blocks, and there was an adjacent sidewalk art festival going at the same time on the next two blocks down. so four city blocks of white tents and vendors.  It was…

Dye Day Redux

Today was the day I set aside to dye the skeins for the next baby wrap warp.  The skeins had soaked overnight in an initially hot Synthrapol wash, then rinsed and set to soak in soda ash this morning.  I then made up the dyes, laid the skeins out on plastic-covered plywood on the porch, and proceeded to color!

There is that gut-clenching, will-this-turn-out-the-way-I-envisioned-it moment, but then there is nothing to do but just go for it.  Guess we will see after it batches!

The yarn for the origami shirt has been warped onto the loom.

The purple is definitely a disappointment, but since this is all an experiment of sorts, I'm just going with it.  The yarn is so unbelievably soft, even after dyeing - I can't wait to see how the final cloth feels.

No new pictures of the house.  We've puttied some of the nail holes, and today they came and took the excess insulation out, but we still have the plastic dust wall up in the living room, so not much looks different.  I can't…

Dye Day Plus One

This is the yarn I'm going to weave into cloth for a shirt, and I thought I would test out some of the colors that I will use on the upcoming dyed baby wrap warp.  The purple is NOT correct in several ways, as it was leftover dye from another project, and there wasn't enough powder for a deep color. There is also a deep navy, and bright blue, and a turquoise.  Not included in this warp are some pinks and a yellow. I'm hoping these chains will dry this afternoon, so I can see what the final results will be.

Yesterday I tried to soak the chains of the Supima 12/2 cotton in the soda ash mixture, but they wanted to float on top, so I left them in for about an hour and kept pushing them in.  I did soak them while still chained, and I think that was a mistake - maybe it trapped too much air?  After that, I placed them on my dye table, unchained them, and started the experiment.

After rolling them up in the plastic, I let them lie in the sun on the porch until the temps started …

Finishing Touches

The craft fair is looming (ha ha!)!  Only a couple of days away, so I've been tagging and finishing up the last few details.

One thing that I wasn't sure I would do was to make straps for the remaining NCW clutches.  These machine-woven ones haven't sold, and they still may not, but I know I find mine indispensable.  I wear mine crossbody, so it's totally hands off, allowing me to select my produce at the grocery store or whatever else I need to do without worrying about my wallet.

I had some material that would match the purple clutch, so I sewed a long, crossbody strap for that. Darned if I can find the photos I took of it, though!  I guess you'll have to imagine it, because the clutch is tucked away - so sorry about that!

The blue calico clutches were another matter, since I had absolutely nothing that would coordinate well with them.  Instead, I wove up wristlet and small D-ring holder straps for the two of them on my small inkle loom.  I was making it up as I …


We are now 3 days into our limited renovation of the west side of our house.  The old aluminum came off a week ago, and then work stopped until this past Monday.  Most of the work has been outdoors, but our weather pattern is changing and today it started to rain.  The poor worker packed up and covered everything, then sat in his car for 10 minutes, then came out again to start work, then had to abort again.  After awhile, he'd had enough and came indoors to do a bit until quitting time.

On Sunday, this was the exterior of the house (note the old leaky picture window);

Monday, this was the interior view at the end of the day.

Windows that actually open!!  I haven't had that option since we bought the place in 1987.

This was the exterior, mid-day;

He did cover everything back up with Tyvek before he left.

Yesterday, day 2, this was the exterior at lunch;

We're going with real wood clapboards, because, well, we're weird that way.  My hubby is a traditionalist.  I'm …

Lemons to Lemonade

So. last time I blogged, I mentioned that I had wished I had enough time to weave some summer and winter Christmas tree table runners for the upcoming craft fair on August 20th.  Shortly after I posted that blog, I thought to check my records of that project in my Ravelry account, and lo and behold, one runner initially only took me 8 days, so I thought to myself that I could surely get one done in time.  I had to work during the next two days, but on Saturday, I started winding the warp, and while I'm at it, why not wind for two??  Did I mention I do NOT like the pressure of deadlines?? Why I did this to myself I do not know!

To help speed up the process, I decided to wind two ends at a time, but didn't have two cones of the same color, so I used UKI's Lipstick, and rich, deep red, and Red Hot, a very bright red.  For two runners I wound a 3 1/3 yard warp and dressed the loom, all before lunch.  I didn't get back to the loom until the next morning, when I managed to c…

Not Ready

Unbelievably, it's already August!  It is so true that the older you get, the faster time goes by, but I am still amazed (and a bit worried) about how quickly the months fly by.  Since my last post, I've been trying to get some excitement going about my two ring slings from the last baby wrap warp, and with a lot of help from a new weaver who is willing to drum up excitement in my chatter group on Facebook, things may be turning around a bit.  I've gotten a lot of new members, and am planning my first hand dyed warp in September.  In the meantime, several weavers have offered to host my slings and try them out, writing comments and critiques and posting photos.  They get to keep them for a week or less, and then send them onto the next tester.  The slings are now on their way to the second weaver, but the first seemed to really like them and posted lots of photos.  It's always so nice to see babies snuggled up in something you wove!  There is always the hope that someo…