Friday, September 30, 2011

This weeks colors

I finished Rebeccas Coverlet, and it will be there before she has to start her chemo!

This is the first time I have done a blanket using my pre-washed cotton warp for the weft.  I am happy to say that it washed beautifully!  I ran it thru the dryer first hoping to set the color, then washed it in cold water, and even though it did run just a little, the "color catcher"caught every bit of it!

I have started using the washing machine to pre-wash my colors.  I skein them off, place several ties and place them in the washer where the hot water awaits them.  I soak them (no agitation, please) for several hours, then spin them out.  I repeat this as many times as it takes to get clear water.  Sometimes it is 2 times, other times it is 5!
Here are the colors I washed this week.

Copper, the same as Rebecca's blanket, followed by Aqua, then Moody Blue.  The Copper took 5 washes, the Aqua took 1 wash and the Moody Blue took 3 washes.  If you hold them up to unwashed skeins you can't tell that there is any color gone at all!  It is amazing!

I plan to skein up some more colors this afternoon,  I have been using 2 tubes of carpet warp per skein.  I can get 3 skeins easily in the washer, so really it is going quickly.  Most of the time involved is the soaking time, so it doesn't really take alot of my attention, really.  They dry in about 24 hours, and are really easy to work with.  I place them back on the swift and wind my bobbins from the skein.  They don't tangle or pull,  the bobbins wind just as smooth as can be.

That is it for today,
until next week, Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, September 26, 2011

Is it worth it?

For the past several months, I have been having a very hard time making myself sit down to weave the Baby Blankets for the fall show.  I couldn't put my finger on it but it just wasn't fun!  I really dreaded it!  I thought great, here I am already losing my interest, just because I have done a lot of them.  What kind of production weaver are you anyway!

I was bummed about it too.  I thought maybe I just need to find another product, that will do it.  The only problem with that is I still have yards and yards of the overshot Baby Blanket warp to weave off.  I do mean lots!

Last week we were notified that a dear friend has cancer, and will have to undergo chemo and radiation.  My daughter asked me to do a Chemo Comfort Blanket for her.  We chose the color, and which pattern I would use, and I got started right away.  In just a few hours of weaving I have done close to 2/3rds of this longer blanket, and get this, it is fun!!!!  I had decided not to use the temple this time so that I might get it done quicker, and what do you know, it was using the temple that was robbing my joy! 

I am using carpet warp, so I would have to advance the temple every time I turned around.  That meant I was never able to get into any kind of weaving rythym!  (I suppose with finer threads it would be better.)  I checked my measurements of the blankets I have finished and I really only gained 1 inch by using the temple,  that is just not enough of a difference to spoil my fun!

I am pumped now,  after I finish the baby blue Blanket that is in progress with the temple in use, I am not going to use it any more for this project!  It is freeing, it is exciting, it is a sigh of relief!  Maybe I really  can do this!

Oh, and Rebecca, this one is for you!  Praying all the way for your recovery,  Love,  La tua Zia, Tina

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, September 19, 2011

Oak Ridge Art Show

I went to the reception at the Oak Ridge Art Show.  You see Dear One and I had a couple of pieces accepted, and we just had to go see.  I had 2 pieces accepted and Dear One had one.  My friend Kathie had a landscape accepted too.

We didn't win any of the prizes, but we did learn that there had been 330 pieces submitted and only 110 pieces were accepted!  We felt great about that!

During the showroom tour, the presenter went around the 3 rooms that were used to display all the wonderful pieces.  There was everything from woodworking, pottery to glass work, and painting, collage, pen and ink, and there were a couple of fiber pieces.  My 2 woven pieces, a knitted wall hanging, and 2 quilts.  As the presenter moved about the room she pointed out a few pieces and my 2 woven pieces were mentioned!  I was floored!

It was a really fun evening and we are already thinking about what we will submit for next years show.
I will try to get some pictures of our work displayed and post them here this week.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, September 16, 2011

Camping box

Dear one and I went on a 3 day 2 night camping trip this week.  We were in good company, friends from ages ago, and the weather was stupendous!

I am amazed at how much stuff it takes to camp the way I like to camp!  My poor little Rav4 was stuffed to the gills!  Dear one brought what I couldn't fit, and  had left in the living room, in his car. (We were driving up seperately.)  So we made it.

If I want to take the grandkids with up we will have to come up with a system that will allow us to use the Truck, kind of like a donkey, to haul and store most of the stuff, and the food in the Rav4, as per Park regulations. We could even keep the coolers in the cab of the truck.

I had the borrowed tent set up in no time, and one of the other husbands set up the rain tarps for me, just in case it rained.  By the time Dear one got there around 5:30, I had set up the Coleman Queen sized cot, inflated it with the handy dandy battery pump, put a couple of layers of eggshell crate and a comforter on top of that, and then sheets and our regular quilts, and the bed was made.  I put all that between us and the air mattress so that it would be a little warmer.  I had heard that an air mattress can pull heat out of you like an unheated water bed, and I had done that one!  Anyway, it was the most comfortable camping sleep I can remember, I highly recommend it!

One of the other couples, who have been camping for years, had built what I can only call a camping box.  It is a box on legs that holds all the non food cooking items you will need for your meals.  The food of course stays closed up in the car, to keep away the bears and such.

I think it is the coolest!   When you are not using it you close it up! 

I contributed a huge Chef Salad on my night to cook, it was really tasty, as most everything is when you camp.

At night, we were around the campfire making smores and such things, and just enjoying the company. 

While we were there I worked on a new pair of socks, Los Monos Locos, or Crazy Monkey Socks.

The variegated yarn really makes the pattern look more complicated than it is.  I also got to the toe on those black socks for Dear one.  I just need him to try them on to make sure before I complete them.  I had brought a few other things, but I was content with what I was working on.

I also started to reread the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis.  It has been years since I had picked them up, and I have to say that the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was as much fun as I remembered, and a really quick read!

As we were packing up yesterday morning we felt a sprinkle or two, but not much really.  As we were pulling out however, it began to rain.  We were very thankful that we had enjoyed good weather all the way thru, even to the breaking of camp.

That is it for today, it is back to the real world for us all!!
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rose Cottage Socks

Just a little detour!  Hot off the needles!  I was running out of yarn so had to make ankle socks instead. 

 Great pattern, and lots of fun to knit.
I used some yarn from Happy Feet, but I lost the lable so don't have the particulars.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Finished the Mug Rug Warp!

I have finally finished the Mug Rug warp I started early last spring.  There are over 30 pieces here and probably 6 finished Mug Rugs at the Center.  That more than takes care of the commitment I made for the Fall Show.

I am not sure I will be able to finish the sewing by Tuesday, (that is my goal) but you never know, tomorrow looks to be rainy and cooler, so I might be able to get a good bit done after all.  I will wind the bobbins this afternoon, and print off the lables just in case.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina