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Weaving again

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As promised, here is a shot of the first of six towels on this warp.  The draft is from Webs, called Modified Star Towels, and I hope to get them done in time for holiday shopping!


Pretty, aren't they?

And thanks to all that wished me well for my procedure yesterday.  I got the all clear when I came to, so that's a relief!

We Have Garage!

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The work is done on the garage, although there is still much to do on our end - painting, yard work, hiring a paving company...  BUT - my car now has a home again!




Inside, including the glorious built-in stairs to the upstairs storage area.  No more step ladders!!



Said upstairs storage area;



In fibery news, I've had three contacts from customers at the craft fair last month, and all want to purchase more stuff, so yay!  One wants 2 tablet woven key fobs, done in different colors, so needing two separate warps.  Two others want more towels, each in different design patterns, which will require some yarn purchases once colors are chosen.

I've started a six-towel warp in red and white for some snowflake towels like these that I wove several years ago;


I've been meaning to weave these in red and white for ages, but time somehow slips away. I am hoping to get these done in time for holiday shopping.

I'm back at work, and it has been quite busy, but so far, I seem to have r…

Post-Craft Show

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I'm back from the one-day craft show in Portland, and boy, am I glad it was only one day! So many potential customers on the street, all very engaged and curious.  There were very few who ducked eye contact and scurried off as soon as I tried to talk to them, unlike other years.  The weather was picture perfect, a bit cool in the morning, never too hot, and our display was on the shady side of the street!  We even had a young violinist nearby serenading us for the entire day.

So why am I glad it only lasted one day?  Inventory!  Oh, and no opportunity to eat.  By the end of the day, I had one towel, 2 scarves, and a most smaller pieces left.  It was odd, that very few people bought the smaller, more affordable items.  One takeaway is that I think I need to raise my prices a bit.  They have remained unchanged for years, despite increasing costs of materials.

Here are a few cell phone shots of the booth.  Somehow we "lost" the back of the canopy over the last few years, so…

Garage Progress

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Here we are, one and a half days after they started, and already the workers have gotten this far:



You can just make out the roof trusses that were delivered 30 minutes ago in the background of the second photo.

As much as I'm sure I will love this garage come winter, right now it seems intrusive, cleaving our property in half.  It's exactly where the other one was, though larger in size.  I can no longer see past it towards my husband's shop or the main road.  Sigh.  I'll get used to it, I'm sure of it.  Besides, there was no other logical place for it, and now I'll have garage doors that actually move.

As for my day, I vacuumed.  And vacuumed.  And vacuumed some more.  Then I dusted. I'm afraid that after all that activity, my back is telling me that cleaning the bathrooms will have to wait until tomorrow.  And I did a grand job of terrifying the cats, particularly Dinger.  He hid under the kitchen sink, and would. not. come. out, even well after I put th…

Administrivia

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I just love that term, don't you?  I've borrowed it from another weaver, and it is very fitting for these last two weeks or so. There has been no weaving happening here since the baby blankets came off the loom.  Instead, I've been organizing myself for the upcoming Portland Fine Craft Show, labeling and inventorying (is that a word?!?), packing and generally making a mess of my crafting space.

I'm currently a few days into my summer vacation, and it feels really good not to have to haul myself to the hospital.  I've been able to go for walks almost every day, wake up when my body says so, (and yes, that includes at 2 AM and at midnight and at 3:30 AM...).  The hubster and I went out to eat to celebrate, just locally, followed by a lovely, leisurely walk along Rockland harbor.  Our 33rd (!) anniversary is coming up, and although we don't usually do anything special, we may try a new local restaurant that has some gluten free options.

In the meantime,


our gara…

Compromises

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Thanks to all who let me know their opinions about weft choices from my last post. Interestingly, there was an even split between black and eggplant votes, so I decided to weave the second blanket with eggplant, then the remaining warp with black.  The third piece ended up being 30.75 inches long hemmed, so for now, it will be a stroller/carseat blanket.  I can always cut it up later to sew something else if it languishes too long.  All will be discounted.

The green weft:











Eggplant:






Black (hemmed since):







Opinions, Please

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I've started to weave the next set of baby blankets, and I need some advice.  The first blanket is being woven with green, which, to be honest, would not have been my first choice if I had thought it through, but the draft is called "Springtime" after all.  When the green bisects with the purple, you get brown.

To spread the warp, I used some black carpet warp that I have, and, as expected, the colors are much clearer.  I kind of want to use black for the second blanket, but somehow using black in creating anything "baby" just seems wrong somehow.



So, do I go ahead and use the black anyway, knowing it will show the warp colors off well, or go with a deep purple, which will have a similar effect, but may also intersect badly with the green in the warp?  The original draft calls for weaving with the various weft colors used in the same ratio as the warp, but with the craft show coming up and my work schedule, I don't feel like I have time to devote to multipl…

Next Up

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I just finished measuring the warp for the next two baby blankets and getting it on the warp beam.


This draft is also from Tom Knisely's book, and it's called "Springtime."  It will be plain weave, 12 EPI, also using 8/4 carpet warp.  Because of all the color changes, this one was a royal pain to warp, but the threading and weaving should be easy.

I also finally found a use for my first inkle band - bracelets!



I have enough left for a couple more before I would have to weave another band.  I'm not sure whether I'll have enough time before the show, but I also need to come up with a reasonable price point for these.  Any suggestions??

I just had a bunch of lab work done, and all came back normal, so that news is good!  My cholesterol picture has improved a bit, which is very good news for me.  I'm not on any meds, but my total has always been high.  My HDL, or good cholesterol, has also been high, so the doc has said that the ratio between good and bad wa…

Baby Blankets!

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They are off the loom, sewn and washed/dried twice, and I have to say, I LOVE how they feel!  It's so surprising, but these blankets woven with carpet warp are so very soft, and substantial, without being too heavy.


I used 8/2 unmercerized cotton for the green hem, and, while I couldn't quite match the color to the warp, the hems are nicely thin.  Because of that, they were a bit harder to deal with once off the loom.

My photography mojo is off today, so the next shots aren't so great.  I was shooting using my ironing board, which was most likely a mistake.



The green blanket ended up being 36.75 inches by 32.25 inches.  Quite a bit of shrinkage..

The purple hems were woven using carpet warp, and yes, they are thicker, but appropriately so, in my opinion.  I had a small area where I changed my beat and so the cloth is a bit darker there - I have to work on that!


Again, some not-great photos;




The purple blanket measures 38 inches by 32.25.  The selvedges on both are actual…

Weaving Again!

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I finally got the baby blanket warp ready to weave, and after a bit of a slow start, the cloth is growing at a fairly rapid pace.  The first blanket is done, and the second started after only 3 short-ish weaving sessions.  As someone who was used to weaving meters per project, I have to say that I'm really enjoying how quickly the carpet warp weaves up.

Here are some shots of the first blanket, which used the colorway "duck" as weft;

 
The colors are truest in the above photo.








I just completed the first blanket this morning, and started the second, using "eggplant" as weft.  The effect is quite different, more dramatic;



Hard to see, but the colors are more true in the above photo as well.



I've just managed 17 inches so far.  It would have been much more, but I actually had to unweave twice!  Treadling is simply 1-2-3-4, but I left "4" off two separate times - unbelievable.  Can you say "daydreaming???"

Well, Looky Here!

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Notice anything different?!?

I woke up a couple of days ago and found a notification in my inbox stating that my blog was chosen as one of the top 100 weaving blogs!

http://blog.feedspot.com/weaving_blogs/

At first, I was quite wary, and even asked my programmer son if this could be a scam of some sort.  I had had to go to work, and so didn't have any time to look into it.  After getting the OK from him, I followed the link once I returned home.  I have no idea how my little ol' blog could have made this list, other than to say that there are probably only 101 other weaving blogs, so the odds were in my favor... :->)  What a hoot!

Even so, it is an honor to be recognized, and I even managed to locate the little badge onto my blog.  Now I just need to spend more quality time at the loom!

Here's wishing everyone a healthy and happy 4th of July!  We are going to have really great weather here, and I will be playing with the Midcoast Community Band in the big parade in Thoma…

What's Happening

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Wow, it's been one day shy of a month since I last blogged.  Must be the end of the relentless rain and the beginning of some decent weather.  That, and my son was on vacation for two weeks and spent them here, which results in me reverting to "mom" mode, even though he is quite self-sufficient and a pleasure to be with.

Anyways,  I finally started warping up the baby blanket yarn two days ago. Thanks for all your input on colors!  I ended up choosing the green/purple tones, and so far I've got 12 of 19 sections finished and on the loom.


Maysville carpet warp in "Duck;
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"Lavender;"


and "Sage;"
 

If I can manage to get off the computer in a timely fashion, I can finish winding the other 7 sections.  This will be the widest warp that I've woven so far, so it should be interesting.

The really big news around here is the commencement of our garage project!  Our house was built in the 1870's, and it had a large barn as late as th…