Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bags!


Yes, the bags are out once again!  This is going to be my first trip requiring a passport in 14 years!  I am amazed how much easier it is to pack for one person instead of 6!  DH takes care of all his stuff, and I will take care of mine.  Here are the bags I am going to try to limit myself to.  Not sure I will be able to pull it off, but I am sure going to try.

Here is the cute little bag I found for my knitting projects!

And the growing  Pi-shawl that is going in it.
The red yarn is my backup yarn, just in case I finish the blue one. (yeah, right)
The cardigan is progressing nicely, but it is way too bulky to pack for this trip.  I am 1/3 of the way thru the sleeves, and I am hoping to finish before I leave, but I am not sure that is going to happen.

We have wonderful people taking care of the place and animals while we are gone, so there are no worries there.  So late this week we are off  on a mission trip, where we will greet pilgrims walking along the Camino di Santiago in Spain.  We will give them something to drink, and something to read along the way.  A few will stay to dinner, 15 or so, and spend the night.  There will be meals to cook, beds to clean, and from what I hear Mice to catch!  I plan to keep count of how many I can trap.  Mice in bed give me the willies!

I will probably be out of touch for most of the trip, so until I am back, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, August 27, 2010

Back home again!


I was encouraged by a dear friend to resley the 20 epi to 15 epi, and not dilly dally about trying 18.  I am so glad I did!











Here is a close up, with the old epi on top.  You can really see how much better the proportions are with this sett.  Now I just have to see if I can beat it in just a little bit more.  I did shorten the table section like I planned.









Here are a bunch of rugs that I just cut off the Leclerc Nala.  Some of them are Rag Rugs and others are Loopers.











There are six in all!  I still have a little more warp on the Loom, but I was running out of space on the cloth bar.













Here is the stack of woven articles that need to be finished.

That is where I most often get bogged down. 

To tackle this stack, I think I may take a couple of evenings in front of the tele, and check for mistakes, then as I finish checking each piece, I can either put them to soak, as for the bread cloths, or put them in the stack to be hemmed, as for the placemats, runners and rugs.






Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Happy weaving, Tina

Friday, August 20, 2010

A day at the beach!

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Here is a good view of the screened in porch at the house we stayed in.  The house across the street where some of the kids are has a sunroom instead.  The sunroom is where GD and I hung out this morning.  She had had enough of the sun!




We first had to braid her hair, so that it stayed out of our way!


We played the shape game until we could no more,  and then we admired our paint-toes, that Aunt V had given all us girls.
Then it was time to meet her brother as he came in from his kayak trip with dad.








Time for lunch and a nap, we may get to go to the Turtle hospital here on the island. That is if I can get the  GKs awake in time!

Until next week, Happy Weaving, Tina

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vacation Knitting

It would be difficult to pack up my weaving looms to take with me, though I could probably bring my handwork to finish up.  Not going to happen!  That means that my knitting will be coming with me on vacation.
I always try to have a project that I can work on in the car, something I don't have to think about too much.  This pair of socks is really just about done.  I have a back up skein of yarn to cast on a new pair.  I have been trying to use sport wt. yarn for the last little bit.  I am so hard on socks that I wear them out way to fast!  I am hoping that these heavier socks will last me longer.



This shawl pattern is from Meg Swansons, "A Gathering of Lace".  I am replacing one of the 14 stitch patterns with one that I think I will like better.  I just had to hunt for a different 14 stitch pattern amongst my bigillion knitting books til I found one.  This is to be my big vacation project. It will contain thousands of stitches, and the beauty of knitting lace is that almost every other row is a plain knit row, mindless knitting at its best!  I brought back up yarn for this too, just in case I finish, yeah right!

So off we go on our adventure,
Happy Weaving, and Knitting, Tina

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tromp as Writ

Here we have the design, Treadled as drawn in, or Tromp as Writ, as we like to call it, because you can really get your accent going when you say it that way.
I have several thoughts about what I am seeing in this warp.  I think that 20 epi is too close together, I may try 18 epi or even 15 epi.  I think that may help the ovals look more alike.  I will also use only 2 repeats instead of 3, on the table part of the pattern to square it up.  I am glad to see the diamonds showing up really well.

That however will have to wait until we come back from vacation next week.  We are joining most of our kids for a week at the beach!  We are excited to say the least!

I have several things I need to get done before I go.

I have thinned out the old blackberry canes, and this year I have used a new velcro like tape to fasten the new canes together.  Hopefully that will save them from the lawn mower, the new canes, which will give us blackberries next year are really out of control.  I don't want to trim them right now, I will wait for January to do that.

Wally and Scout were enjoying a post run game of tug-of-war, while I was doing my outside chores.


The goats (Mopsie and Snickers) are due for bloodwork, I am taking them in this afternoon. They also need a nail trim, but I can handle that myself before we go, I also must remember to take their vaccines with me so that the Vet can document that they have had them. 

Thats is all for now, I am going to be out of touch the next week or so, I don't know if I will have access to a computer or not,
until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Progress

Last night I was able to go from this..






to this.  Which is an improvement but not quite right.  I have the diamonds between the ovals, and a double oval on both sides of the table, but the horizontal ovals are not the same as the vertical ones.  I wonder if I can change that by changing the epi? 





My good Tuesday Weaver buddy Lou Ann has reccomended that I work out a Tromp- as- writ  treadling of this threading.  So that is what is planned for tonight and tomorrow.
Until next time,
Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sampling

I am doing some sampling for the overshot pillows.
I started using the purple, which is a single strand, aproximatley double the thickness of the warp.  I was not happy with the coverage, so I switched to a double strand of the blue, then half way thru the pattern repeat I went for 3 strands of the blue. I like it a little better.









I was then comparing what I was getting on my samples with the book, I realized that what she did on the sample and what was in the diagram were not exactly the same!

This is what I am getting.                                             This is the diagram from the last post

Some of the treadling has been left out.  I also seem to be having a hard time beating hard enough on this loom.  I can see by comparing the pictures that the second repeat in blue has the table correctly treadled, but I am not getting the double ovals between the tables.  It is so much easier to see in the photos than in real life.  Even looking at it thru the camera really helps me to see my errors.

If I can get back to this today I will post and updated picture, once I get the kinks worked out.

Happy Weaving, Tina

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Getting Started

When I first began to contemplate starting my own handweaving business, I began to order outrageous (to me) amounts of supplies,  My first order of carpet warp is what you see here. 










I began to get nervous and decided that that was not enough, so I ordered some more!








There that is better.


Then I needed something to use as weft, and Hilary over at Crazy as a Loom had a sale going on.  I ordered a lot of loopers.




I sorted loopers for  a couple of days, I wouldn't have sorted if they were all going to be for me, but I was splitting this order with one of my weaving buddies over at Loomy Tunes.  So I sorted and split the order 50/50 with her.


Add a bunch of fabric rolls, and you have a studio packed full of stuff.





I already had a few bins full of fine handweaving yarn so I was ready. 

I retired from a low paying job as a Vet Tech/ Reseptionist, and have been working  towards  finding something to weave that no one else is doing.  Sure I will do the rugs, (I have all that weft after all) but my buddy LA has come up with an idea that I think just might be my thing.  It involves Carpet warp and Overshot, what's not to love!
I will be using this blog to get me motivated!  I have found that posting weekly on the Loomy Tunes blog sure gets me going, and I really like the creative thinking it makes me do.  So there you have it, come grow along with Farmstead Studio.




That's me and LA out demonstrating at BlackBerry Farm in Townsend, TN, I am spinning some yarn for a sweater I am going to knit for my DH, on the Louet S-10.  I love those huge bobbins!

Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, August 6, 2010

New project, new Blog!


When I wound this warp months ago, I didn't have a loom ready for it. I had planned to make handtowels with it using plain weave.
In the time it took to actually get the warp on a loom, I had changed my mind, and decided to use this warp to make overshot pillows instead.
I love this pattern right here, it is from Davisons book of course. It has all the elements that I love about overshot, very distinct patterns, rounded edges and beautiful tables.
I have almost finished winding the warp on, and I can't wait to start! I will have to wait a bit though, I have some parts on order for the loom I am using. It is a Leclerc Artistat, 4 harness Jack loom. I will have to remember to transpose the treadling from counterbalance (Down) to Jack (Up).
I plan to use a burgundy color to start with, I think that will look really good, I will let you know how it goes.