Friday, March 30, 2012


This dear little boy, is the reason, along with his sisters, I was in Texas last week, and why it has been so long since my last post! I took him one of my blankets, well actually, I brought several and let the girls choose one for him.

 My Daughter in law is amazing, she quietly goes about her day, making a great quantity of food from scratch for her family, even with a newborn in tow.  I suppose much like I did when I had little ones. .

When it is just the two of you, it is not as straight forward.  For example, if I make Pizza, the recipe for dough makes enough for 2 large Pizzas.  One Pizza is two meals for us.   So we usually have simple stuff, like soup and cornbread, or Chef Salad, or even Stuffed Baked Potatoes, all single serving dishes.  Last night, though, I went ahead and made up the two Pizzas and refrigerated the leftovers. Today at lunch I had leftover Pizza, and I enjoyed it.  I don't know how much I am going to enjoy the rest of it, but I figure it is worth a try. Does that mean I am spoiled?

Just before I left for Texas, a woodworking friend of mine dropped by to take the wheel to the Great Wheel home with him.  He is going to fix a couple of the spokes that are loose.  He was worried about hurting the antique value of it.  I told him I want to be able to use it! It is my favorite teaching tool after all!  I can't wait to get it back!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, March 16, 2012

Just a little detour!

I haven't finished the March socks yet, but I got to thinking what a cute baby bonnet this pattern would make!

I have a grandbaby due in about 1 1/2 weeks, and we don't know what it will be.  So, I made this one with left over sock yarn, for a baby girl, and I have another one going for a baby boy.  I should finish that one tonight, and then back to my regularly scheduled socks.

Until next time, Happy Weaving and Knitting, Tina

Monday, March 12, 2012

Getting ready for the class!

Lou Ann and I are going to be team teaching 2 classes this weekend at the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival,   in Townsend.  Lou Ann's class, Amish Inspired Mug Rugs, has 3 students signed up and my Inkle Woven Bookmarks or Belt class, has as yet no students signed up.  That is okay, we will come prepared to take walk ins, and if we don't get anyone for the afternoon class we can either take a class ourselves or go home, two wonderful options!

I have been gathering the items I will need to teach the class.  One of my Inkle Looms  still has a warp on it and I decided that I had better weave it off, just in case we needed that loom.

The project on the loom is the Celtic Knot Belt I started eons ago and I have to admit I lost interest half way through.  I passed the loom off to someone else and evidently, it didn't do a thing for her as either.  A few weeks ago, the loom came back to me, still half done.  This morning, I was refreshing my memory, and I reprinted the chart, and I set to work.

There are 6 rows to this pattern.  Each of those squares represents one of the 13 pattern warp threads on this warp.  The pattern warp threads are a contrasting color to the background threads, and they are heavier as well, in this case they are triple the background warp. To get the pattern to develop, you open the shed and then you choose which of the pattern strands will remain up or down according to the chart.  The  background threads weave in the normal manner, up then down.   I began to weave, and it really wasn't looking right at all.  I took it out and tried again, still there was something wrong.  I thought okay, let's just keep going this time and see what happens.

After the first complete pattern I realized what I had done, but I did 2 full repeats of the pattern to show you what had happened.  I had reversed the chart!  The pattern threads I was supposed to push up, I pushed down and those that were supposed to go down, I pushed them up!  I think it is every bit as beautiful as the original!  Now I will take it out and finish this in the original, but I am going to totally keep this in mind for the future!  You just never know what you will discover by accident, do you?

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Don't you just love self stripping sock yarn!
I am doing these socks from both ends of the skein, here are the heels.  As you can see I am well over half way on my March socks, and it is only the 10th!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, March 2, 2012

March Socks!

Here is a peek at the socks for March.

The pattern, is again  from Ravelry,  this time they are called "Circle Socks", and I believe it is a free pattern.  It is a clever slipped stitch pattern, on the leg and then plain stockinette foot.  I bought a second 00 addi turbo circular so that I could do both socks at once.

I am posting over on the Tuesday Weavers blog today, so I will send you over there for the weaving content.

On a side note, I have spent the last day and a half going around to all the thrift stores in my area.  I have had to give up my clothes that are too big, and hunt for medium sized clothes that will tide me over until I can get down to a stable smaller size.  I have done very well, countless tops and a few skirts, plus my biggest find ever, a London Fog Trench coat in my size range for $15! I know!  I couldn't believe it!  I came home and was able to pare down my closet even more, before I went out today.  I spent less than $50, not counting the new under garments to make the girls perkier, and I think I am set til this fall. I love the variety that you can find at the thrift stores, not racks and racks of the same thing.  Most of the shops I went to have started sorting all their clothes by color, which is a tremendous help!

That is all for now,  until next time, Happy weaving, Tina