Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Now that the Show is over...

Now that we can all breath easier, my thoughts have turned to Thanksgiving and what in the world I will bring!  After a quick text conversation, it was decided that I would bring :
A broccoli  casseroule
A large green Salad
A gallon of Sweet Tea
and last but not least my Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!

My recipe is from the Make a Mix cookbook.  I have had this cookbook for several years, and this is my favorite recipe!  It is a quadruple  one and you can easily freeze the extra dough for several months.  This time however, I am baking the whole thing.

Here are our little beauties all  lined up ready to go.  I always use parchment paper under my cookies, they have enough butter in them already, don't you think!  Yes, I use the real thing!  One of my girls is lactose intolerant, and I made the switch for her, and never looked back!  This time I also ground the soft wheat kernels too!  I don't always do that, but it tastes so good when I do!

Here it is,  the first pan out of the oven!  Oh No!  Do you see that broken cookie!  Here let me fix that!

Now that's better!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Tina

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Blow Dryer and Plastic Bags!

These two items may seem totally unrelated.  Usually they are, however today they played a major role in the last task I had to do before we put the booth together at the Foothills Craft Show in Knoxville tomorrow.

You see, I have one of the Bakers Racks that we will use in our booth this weekend, and I thought that I might be able to just scrub it up a little, and maybe a waxing would make it look as right as rain.  I was wrong, and to top it off it was raining cats and dogs around here today!  Luckly, I had purchased some spray paint that would work. 

The instructions state that it needs to be clean and dry before painting, the temp needs to be between 50F and 97F, with low humidity.  As far as the temp was concerned I was good, but the humidity was 100%.  I could do nothing about that!  I dragged the thing off of the porch and scrubbed away in the pouring rain.  I then let the rain rinse it off, and pulled it back on the porch.

I layed out some huge plastic bags underneath, I couldn't find my tarp, and I began to dry it with a towel.  Then I pulled out the blow dryer, just to make sure it was dry.  It was still pouring down the rain!

I draped more garbage bags around the out side edge to cut down on the over spray, and I began to paint.  I have never used spray paint before, but it was as easy as pie!  I painted every available surface and thought that I had done a pretty good job, but when the first painting session was dry, I turned it on it's side to find a whole new angle of unpainted metal!  (Still raining, and I am such a rule follower, normally I would have obeyed the rules, but today I had no choice!)

Again, I put drapes around to cut down on the mess.  I only used one can of paint, and I still have enough to do touch ups if I need to. 

Do you have any idea how long I have been putting this project off, simply because I was intimidated by the process?!  A couple of years at least!  The rain has finally stopped, and the rack looks beautiful!  It is already dry and waiting to be loaded up tomorrow morning.

I wonder how many other things I have put off, only to find that the dreading of the task was much harder than the actual doing of it!  When we are done with the show this weekend, I am going to look around and make a list of those things, and Dear One better watch out, he may not want to get in my way!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bench Pad

This afternoon at about 1pm, I pulled the bench pad out of the washer where I had spun out all the extra water.  I immediately called Lou Ann and asked her if she wanted to see something fun!  She of course said "yes!"  Off I went trying not to speed!  I had wrapped it in a towel since it was still a little damp, but when I unwrapped it she was thrilled at what she saw!

Do you want to see too!

Here it is, exactly as she saw it.  We discussed the spacing of the fluff rows, I had done two different spacings, and the color combinations, stripes and mixed.

Before I had felted it, this is what I had.

Soft and fuzzy, and comfy too, in fact I may leave one unfelted to show the girls  on Tuesday.
Now the real question is, can I get a couple done, so that they will be dry by Friday?  To that end, I left right away and came home, re-tied the warp and got started.  I pulled out all my fleeces that were in roving form, much easier to work with.  If it is not in roving form, I have to get it in that form.  I decided to do a white one in lambs wool.

You should see it!  I haven't uploaded that picture, so that will have to wait until later.

I may be done for today,  there is dinner to fix, and laundry to do.  If I get a chance tomorrow I will post a picture of the white one.  I have enough to do a black one and a grey one and a brown one.  Or I could mix the colors a little if I wanted to.  We shall see how the white one turns out first.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina
P.S. I am going to need more fleeces!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Something New!

It is actually something I have been mulling over for quite some time.  While we were at R & M Yarns on Friday, Lou Ann and I saw a rug woven in a shag style using roving as the pile.  I have a lot of clean fleece, and I have a rug warp on the Newcome with spacing that would be perfect for it.

Last night I tried it out a  little bit.

The wool is some Romeny, that I have left over from processing.  It isn't suitable for fine spinning, but it is still very soft.  I have run it thru the drum carder to straighten the fibers out.  In the picture you can see the header and the first row of fluff.

between each row of fluff I am placing 3 pics of carpet warp as a binder.  I thought I had a picture of the underside of the rug but it isn't showing up in the right folder.  When I took the picture, however I realized that I needed a better plan for spacing the puffs O' fluff, and consequently I will be taking out the 3 rows that I have done, and work on my system.

I plan to make myself a couple of bench cushions, and I will be felting them somewhat in the bathtub, just to make sure everything holds it's place.  I will also play with the natural colors of roving that I have on hand to make it interesting.

That's it for now, it is up to the studio for me. 

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina