Friday, December 31, 2010

And the beginning of the New Barn!

Please read the previous post if you thought, "What Barn?" 

Here are some pictures of what we accomplished today.  By 5pm we had finished the framing of the walls.  This is a stack of the 8ft x 8ft. sections, count them 5.



Here is that same stack and the stack of 5ft x 8ft sections, again 5 of them.


Here is the front of the barn.  It may be hard to see if for all the extra studs in there.  We were getting ready to cover everything up with the sheet metal from the old roof.

Well, there you have it, mission for the day accomplished.  I am not sure when the walls will go up, we need to put the posts in for the base, and it is supposed to pour down rain tomorrow, but we really feel like we earned our hot baths and supper tonight. 

I actually was able to clean out the pantry today too!  I did it while DH was running out for more studs.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

The End of the old Barn

One of my Christmas presents is a new Barn.  The old one was very unusable.  It was in the wrong place and  had quite a slant going on.  I noticed a couple of weeks ago that all of a sudden, I had to duck when I went in to get the daily feed for the critters.
It was also rotting along the back side.  for years we had wanted to save it, but it was way beyond that!
So it had to come down.  I was able to snatch some pictures of the process before I went off to babysit.  This was Tuesday at about 2:00pm

They were scaring me, so it was a good thing I had to leave!
Wednesday morning this is what the back yard looked like.  Almost like a tornado had come thru.
My burn pile, and an almost clear back yard.
Piles of wood by dimensions.

The new barn layed out, 13 ft by 26 ft, more than double the old one which was 11ft by 13 ft.
Here is a shot of Wally and Scout this morning after our run and cool down period, having breakfast.






If I can I will post progress pics tonight, not promising anything.


Until next time, Happy New Year, and Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, December 24, 2010

More Gingerbread Pictures!

For some reason Blogger wouldn't let me post all of the pictures I wanted to use on the Tuesday Weavers blog, so I thought I would post them here.


I used the recipe from the "Tales of the Coop Keeper" Blog.  Made a few changes, I used cinnamon instead of nutmeg, and I used butter instead of shortening.

 It has been years since I have made cut out cookies, and I have never done Gingerbread!  I love it but have never even thought to try it!

Here are where the little dudes were a few minutes ago!  The perfect size for snacking. 






Here is the final cookie family, (minus a few of the little guys)!

I had to climb up in a chair to get them all in!  I love this recipe!   I doubled it to get so many cookies,(This island is 2ft.X4ft) and I will be making them again even when it isn't Christmas!

I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas Day,
until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Thursday, December 23, 2010

In Plenty of Time!

I finished up the "Rush order", and will deliver as planned on Friday night, before they head out of town. I found this one totally different to weave, and I think it was because of the closeness of the two colors.  It was harder to pick up treadling mistakes quickly, so there was more prolonged unweaving and correcting.  I really had to look at it closely as I was finishing the cloth as well, looking for places I had to needle weave, and threads to clip.   I really like the neutralness of this one though, I will do several of these, I am sure. 

Here is a close-up of the design.  I am not sure when I will get tired of it, I have so many more colors to try out. it is really fun to see it unfold.

I wrapped presents today, and mixed up some gingerbread cookie dough.  I will bake the cookies tomorrow, I plan to take them to my MIL's on Christmas and have the kids decorate them .  I also would like to weave up a Baby Blanket since the recipient and his parents will be in town next week!  I will try to get that in tomorrow or maybe I can do it on Monday, we will see.  There is a lot going on right now!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, until next time Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Rush" Order!

I have a dear friend that ordered a Couch Throw, to give to someone special this Christmas.   I was able to go online and show them the kahki throw I did and told them that it would be closer in color to the warp but not the same, almost "tone on tone", and since I could show them both patterns, they also were able to choose the pattern they wanted.  I put tan together with the natural of the warp and I think they will really like it.

In order to keep from loosing so much of the width while I am weaving, I thought I would try to use the ancient wooden temple I have cobbled together.  I found it very distracting and time consuming.  The weft kept getting caught on my handiwork too!





  I then remembered a trick I had read about on someones blog last year!  I took some fishing line and attatched it to the front beam and the back beam, about 2 inches or so from the cloth . 

I found these paper clips to use as the anchor.  I then took some carpet warp and suspended some weight to each side of the fell line.
I believe that there are 20 washers on each side.  I compared the cloth woven with the wooden temple to the cloth woven with the weight system.  They are identical!  I have gained almost 2 inches in width by doing this.

  There is another advantage that I did not anticipate,  the fishing line and paper clip effectively keep the weft from getting tangled on the dowel that I tie onto!  Totally cool!  I had everything on hand so this cost me absolutely nothing!

I won't be able to finish the Throw today, I get to babysit this afternoon, but I should finish it completely on Wednesday, and give it to them before they go out of town on Friday.  (Boy, am I glad I finished all my Christmas Weaving early!)

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, December 17, 2010

Studio/Sick Room

I had to move Toni inside this week.  Not because of the cold weather, because the cats generally hang out under the house all winter, venturing out to eat, but because twice a day I have to soak and drain the abcess wound so he can heal.  (When I had to go under the house to get him, I brought him inside)  Let's just say that it is a good thing I worked as a vet tech for 6 years.  All that knowledge is not being wasted! 

 Cat bite wounds are very tricky to treat.  The wound is so small that it closes up continually, trapping all the nasties inside, so I have to make sure there is good drainage.  It is also a good thing that he is a good cat!

He is doing alot of sleeping, and that is about all.  He has had an antibiotic injection that will last for 2 weeks, so I don't have to pill him.   If I need to I  can do another injection.
Meanwhile I finished weaving the kakhi colored "Cat Paws and Snail Trails" Couch Throw, and did some sampling on the new "Kings Flower" pattern that is on the Mira 45.  I will post about the sampling on Loomy Tunes today.  

We have a wedding tomorrow, so you guessed it this Couch Throw is for the happy couple.

All I have left of the gift weaving is 4 Baby Blankets, 2 boys and 2 girls.  I thought is was only 3 but I remembered another one.  I see all this gift giving as a form of advertisment.  I have had several people express interest, just because they have seen one of the pieces I have given as a gift,  plus I don't have to shop for a gift!

Plan for the day:
Finish weaving KF Couch Throw
Hem both Throws, and wash,dry,iron,tag and wrap
Finish second scarf for the TW scarf challenge
Do some research on waffle weave for next warp

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Time 1:46 pm, ready to wash!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Berlitz Course for Non-Weaver Folk!


Dear Daughter Emily,
(Though she may never come back to this blog again!) This tutorial is for you!


When I plan a project, I am in control of what the final cloth looks like.  I choose exactly what path each thread follows in the cloth. This is a floor loom with 4 harness, the harnesses go up and down independently from each other.  I choose for each thread a harness.  On each harness there are over 100 heddles.  These heddles are a little like needles with an eye in the middle of the heddle and no points!


Every string you see here, (we like to call it Yarn)  is called an End.  Each End is threaded thru the harness heddle I choose, according to a plan I have laid out in advance. For example, I may want to do just plain cloth.  To do that I would put the first end thru a heddle in harness 1, the next thru a heddle on harness 2, then 3 and then again 4, and repeat that the whole way across.  Weavers just say, 1 2 3 4! 


 However I can get all kinds of complicated if I want to.  For example the Baby Blankets I have been working on have a completely different threading in specific places,  after some 1 2 3 4, there will be some 4 3 4 3 4, and then maybe some 1 2 1 2 1.  Anyway it is all planned out in advance. 


This warp had 480 ends to thread, and if need be, rethread.  I think I will stop here except to say that I also get to choose which harnesses goes up and which harnesses go down, each time I throw the shuttle, ( I do that with my feet!) and that is how the design is formed.
Love you Lots, Mom

Monday, December 13, 2010

I Know, I Know

I know, I know, I said I was going to go upstairs and weave on that Couch Throw.  But you see I was so close to finishing the Mira 45 that I just had about 20 minutes left to finish it!
And then it happened, one of the things that I dread!  I got to the end of the threading, and I had just enough ends left over to do the balancing of the pattern.  Which would be fine except that I was supposed to do that at the OTHER END!

I thought that I might be able to rethread it backwards, so that I could do 1 end at a time, but alas, I had to give up and go to the other end and pull them out in bunches, and carefully rethread. I don't really freak too much at this since I never did have a cross, just groups of 12 ends per bout.  When I was half way thru the second time, I decided that I should just think of it as rechecking my threading, because that is what it ended up being.  When I had it sleyed and tied on, I sat down to weave, and there wasn't a single error!  Friday I will post my sampling of Kings Flowers over on Loomy Tunes, and show you the treadling that I like the best.
Oh, I did get to about the half way mark on that Couch Throw, too!
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Early this morning!

An early morning look at an early snowfall, on top of the
Christmas lights.  We may have gotten 3-4 inches, which is alot for us especially this time of year.  Schools are closed all over the place! 

The dogs and I had a great run, all the way to the bridge and back, they had a blast!  After the first mile I was warm and toasty.  You see I am already out in the cold to check on and feed the critters, so I may as well warm up a bit!

I hope to spend the day in the studio weaving, I will do a little upkeep on the house first and then up I go!
Until next time Happy Weaving, Tina



Saturday, December 11, 2010

One more!

Along with tree trimming, and gift mailing and  animal wound treating, that you may have read about over on Loomy Toons, (the Tuesday Weavers Blog)  I am weaving the last big piece for a gift, it does not have to be finished really until Christmas. This is one more Couch Throw in "Cat Paws and Snail Trails",  I plan to finish this one and weave 3 Baby Blankets, (I thought there were 2 but I remembered another one) before the end of next week, and then I will be caught up on gift weaving, and can start on inventory!  I also need to get the other pattern "Kings Flower" threaded on the Mira 45, but I have to get some heddles on the harnesses before I can finish that.

I really wanted to use a red color on this one, but with my last disaster still fresh on my mind, and since I haven't had time to experiment fixing the yarn color yet, I am going with a dark Kahki-ish color which will work just fine.

I have finished the Scarf for the Tuesday Weavers Challenge, and also the Mug Rug and Mug gift item.  I really enjoyed weaving the scarf, but I have to tell you it is really a different kind of weaving.  I had to be very careful to just lay in the weft instead of pounding it in like I do with Overshot.  I can't wait to post the pictures.

It has been quite cold here recently, and we are doing the things you do to keep warm.  My long underware are rarely off my body, the fire is constantly going in the woodstove, (that includes some splitting and hauling of wood, which also warms you up) the space heater is going in the studio and soup is in the crock pot.  Todays soup is vegetable beef.  We get our beef from our neighbor and I must tell you that grass fed beef is wonderful!  
Well I had better get back at it, I am just taking a break to get some more coffee, and do this post.  I really would like to finish this one today, but really I think it will be Monday before it is done.
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, December 6, 2010

Now that is what I'm talking about!

 This is a Baby Blanket in Dark Jade.  My DD helped me pick out this color gender neutral, since we don't know if it is a boy or a girl.  It was very well recieved at the party!
Above it is still on the loom and to the right, Off the loom and already hemmed and getting ready to be washed and pressed.


This one will be a Couch Throw in Slate Grey.  I will weave this one 70 inches instead of the 49 inches for the Baby Blankets.  This too will be a gift.






I will finish threading the Mira 45 when I get these gifts done that need to go out this week, then I can mix up the pattern a bit and show you some ideas I am working on.  Now, back to work!
Until next time Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, December 3, 2010

Colors!

Here is Lillian all set to go!  I love using a natural warp in my overshot pieces.  It gives me a lot of freedom when it comes to choosing the pattern color.   The only color I will not be using is Red, that is until I can figure out how to set the color before I weave with it.  I have lots of colors to choose form though.
I think this will be a Couch Throw gift this holiday season.
This will be a Baby Blanket for a baby that we don't and won't know the gender til after he/she is born!
This will be for a beautiful little girl that is overdue for her Baby Blanket.
Another Couch Throw gift!



As you can tell I will be catching up on some gift items with this warp and the other design that I am putting on the Mira 45.  It is really fun to be able to make something gift worthy.


I had planned to open an esty shop when I finished at Blackberry Farm, but an opportunity came up to take all my inventory, (most of which I am not planning to recreate ) to a craft mall type place close by.  I jumped at the chance and now when I am finished with the Baby Blankets and Couch throws for gifts, I will begin to make them and post them on Etsy.  It will probably be after the first of the year though.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina