Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Churning out Mug Rugs

On Tuesday, I took a look at the Mug Rugs that I had already finished, that were at the center.  There were several pairs, but also several singles.  I knew that for the Fall Show we were going to want at least pairs if not sets of four.  So, I brought those poor singles home with me so that I could match them, to make happy little families.

I have several pairs of white ones here at home that will soon be added to the items at the center slated for the Show.  This week I hope to empty off this Mug Rug warp, sew them up and have them ready to take next Tuesday.  I will have a lot more than the number I promised, but that will be great!  

Next week, I will turn my attention to the Baby Blankets.  I already have three done, one in a creamy yellow called Pear, and 2 in a soft Baby Pink.  I still have the bobbins loaded to do the Baby Blue ones in the "Kings Flower" pattern, that I simply have not had a chance to do!  Then I will do some in the "Cat Tracks and Snail Trails" pattern.  After that I really think I will be ready to re-thread one of the looms for a different Overshot pattern, maybe a variation on the "Old Rose" pattern that is on the mug rugs, or maybe a star pattern.  I am not sure really, but luckily, I have hours of weaving to do before I have to make up my mind.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A beachy thank-you gift

While we were vacationing with the kids at the beach, I asked my SIL what he thought his parents  would prefer as a "thank you for letting us use the beach house gift", a couch throw or a rag rug.  He said that he thought a rag rug would be great!
As soon as I got home from weaving yesterday, I re-sleyed the mixed blue warp I have on the 36 Mira for a 30 inch width.  I then went and picked out my favorite spool of fabric.  It is a very light floral fabric that I thought would go well with the beach house colors.
It took me about 5 hrs to re-sley and weave this rug.  It measures on the loom 30 in x 47 in.  I haven't measured off the loom yet, I am sure it lost a bit each way, though I measure length on a loosened warp.
As I was hemming the ends, I found a threading error, that I hadn't noticed before.  I know it had to be there on the other rugs!  Maybe it was the wider spacing that made it show up, or maybe the lighter color weft.  Anyway I decided to add a warp thread all the way thru the rug.  I am being careful with the tension and I think that it will work just fine.  I also went and fixed the threading error on the loom.  I think I have enough warp left for one more rug.  I may do one of these same rugs to sell!

It is good to be home!  I have started clearing the garden,the basil is still going strong, the tomatoes are just about done, the corn is done (and the goats are loving the stalks), the watermelons were a big disappointment, but the potatoes have been great.  I still plan to have a Russet potato harvesting party, and share the harvest, I am just not sure when.   I feel like we should wait til it cools down a bit, though I may go dig up a Russet or two to check on them.  I am anxious to get it all cleared and ready for next year though.

I am looking at what I have promised for the Foothills Fall show, and I am planning out my days (86 now) to make sure I can get it all done.  I am excited about it, and ready to get behind the beater a  little more regularly, now that summer is coming to a close.  It is time!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, August 12, 2011

Waiting for Inspiration to Hit!

I borrowed a Rigid Heddle Loom from the Craft Center this week.  I had big plans to use these skeins of Knit Picks City Tweed in a scarf, and take the loom with me on vacation.  The more I look at it however the more frozen with indecision I have become.

 I really do want to use the Rigid Heddle, but I am drawing a blank about how to use these colors!  There are only 123 yds in each skein, so it is going to take some thinking to do this yarn justice.

Are any of you ever so paralized by the thought of wasting beautiful yarn that you end up not doing anything with it?  This yarn was originaly bought for a very intricate intarsia shawl.  The chart was a color chart and not a symbol chart and some of these colors on the chart were so close in value that I found it impossible to follow.  Now I am usually pretty good at chart reading, but it may be that these old eyes were just not meant to read that chart.  The yarn has been waiting for 2 years to be used, and I think that this project will be the answer, I just need to choose the colors and do the math.  That is going to have to wait I think til we get back from the beach, and maybe some cooler weather wouldn't hurt either!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stepping Back in Time (picture heavy)

Today was a very special day.  My good friend, Kathy,  and I spent the day together.  We took a step back in time into the Great Smoky Mountains.  She had on her backpack full of painting supplies, and I had a pack full of spinning supplies.

We parked at Metcalf bottom, mostly because there was a bathroom there that we could take advantage of before and after the hike.

We hiked from the parking lot for 0.6 mile, we climbed a small ridge and  passed over creeks on log bridges, and the first destination was the Greenbrier School.  This is a one room school house that is pretty much like it was when it was built in the late 1880's.

We visited the graveyard and then continued for another 1.2 miles, the woods were cool and full of birds and flowers, it was wonderful!
 We finally made it to the Walker Sisters Cabin.  Here is the house.  This is the livingroom fireplace, and the porch is there on the far side.
Here is the kitchen fireplace, and the same porch.
A great corncrib, you can almost see it bursting with corn.

An ancient hydrangia, with a quaint burn barrel, too!

Here is the porch that we took over for the rest of the day.
 I brought my little spindle wheel, I had decided to take the cotton bolls I had bought and master the art cotton spinning.
I had attached a strap to the wheel so that I could throw it over my shoulder.

Raw cotton, seeds and all!


Cotton Carders

A roll of cotton ready to spin. 

I took a bread after awhile, and took a look at what Kathy was painting. 

Here is my station across from her.  We took a break for lunch, then went back to work.

I am very pleased with my progress, still a work in progress, but much better!
 She said that she was going to paint the spring house!

We packed it up at about 3pm, since we still had to hike out.  I got home at 6:30, fed the animals and hit the shower.  It was a wonderful day, we are planning 1 outing a month. September is already planned.  I think I will bring my knitting next time, it isn't nearly as heavy!

Until next time, Happy Spinning, Tina