Friday, June 28, 2013

Not Quite What I Expected!

I took a road trip today.  I had seen a great wheel in a relatively near by city, and was intrigued, but I did not think about it too much until I saw it again on an online group I belong to.  I took a second look that starts the, want to have it, ball rolling. 

Someone else was interested in the wheel but she lived quite a ways away, so I was given the go ahead to go get it.  So I did!  I have to say, however that on closer inspection, she has some condition issues.  Number one she is as dry as dust, and then painted black!  The drive wheel is cracked really badly, but she has all her spokes, and I have a friend that might be able to do something about the wheel.  We shall see.....

For $50, I may just have a second Great Wheel without a drive wheel!

Until next time, Happy Weaving and Spinning, Tina

Friday, June 21, 2013

Farmhouse Facelift

We moved into this old 1870 farmhouse back in April of 2001.  That means that we have been here for a little over 12 years.  In that 12 years we have done a lot of renovation, though we did not have to do the electrical or the plumbing, and most of the windows and the vinyl siding had already been put on.

One of the first things we did was to pull up a house full of  pink carpet and paint the whole inside of the house, from pink and beige, to soft yellow and blue with white trim.

Then we put in hardwood floors throughout the lower level of the house, leaving the plank flooring in the upstairs bedrooms.  We also painted the walls again, all blue this time!

Outside,  Dear One has taken the original skimpy grass to a whole new level!  It is growing so well, he "has" to mow 2x a week!  We have revitalized the flower beds and also planted a few dogwoods, with new flowerbeds under their spreading branches.  Tulips, daffodils, peonies, black eyed Susan's and stella d'oro are plentiful!

Impatiens are a special favorite of ours, as are iris' and zinnias too!  We surrounded the house with evergreen bushes to give some winter interest.

We even planted a couple of azaleas last fall, and they rewarded us this year with a small but colorful show.

We tore down the old barn that was right behind the house and ready to fall in, and built a new bigger barn out in the field, for the goats, chickens and dogs.  Now, the new fencing is almost finished!

This last winter I noticed that the porch roof was leaking, and we figured that it was probably true of the roof on the rest of the house as well, since they were the same age. (unknown!)

We had a friend come out, who roofs for a living, on Wednesday and give the old girl a face lift!  Since the roof was going to be looking so fine, Dear One and I decided to pull the shutters and paint and replace them.  On the picture at the top of the page, we had already taken most of them down, and even got the lower left one painted and replaced!  (Watch out for wasps if you ever decide to do that!)

We are very proud of this old place.  The roofer said that the old roof had been on there for 70 or 80 years.  Looks like we won't have to worry about replacing that again in our lifetime!  Oh, the roofer said that the old roof was indeed leaking, the metal had not failed, but the gaskets around all those little nails that hold it down had worn clean away!

So, the old girl got a face lift, but not a modernization, she looks just like she did in 1933 when the last roof was put on!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Spinning and Living, Tina

Friday, June 14, 2013

Rug Revision

I have taken the second batch of  T-shirt rugs off of the loom.  I have hemmed them photographed them and given them away to the people who gave me the t-shirts!  Pretty cool huh!  I learned a lot this second time around, and it was in the photos once again!

 I feel like the twill stripes are to narrow, and I would like to widen the rugs a bit without adding to the warp.   I decided, therefore, to change the twill bands to 10 epi from the 12 epi it was originally!

I started by figuring how many spaces I would need to make the shift, and I placed a marker so that I wouldn't mess it up!

 I began...

Slowly I made my way across, spreading out the warp as I went.

Almost there!

One side complete, and you can see by comparing to the left hand side, (the marker is still there!) just how much wider the rugs are going to be.

I have finished the revision, and I have woven the hem for the next rug, but that is as far as I have gotten.  I got sick this week and didn't feel up to cutting the fabric!

That is it for now,

Until next time, Happy Weaving and Spinning, Tina

Friday, June 7, 2013

Training for the Tour

I have been training for the 2013 Tour de Fleece this week.  For those of you who don't know, there is a world of spinners out there who have committed to "ride" on their spinning wheels/spindles, on the days that the Tour de France cyclists ride their bicycles.

There are hundreds of teams on Ravelry, there are even prizes too!  This is my first year participating, and I have joined 2 teams.  One of the teams is for those who have Ashford Spinning Wheels.  The second team is for those who are going to use a spindle in some way shape or form, either a hand spindle or a spindle wheel.

I keep waiting for the e-spinners to get a team going, cause I can seriously to some yardage on that baby!  In fact that is the "wheel"  I have been spinning on this week.  For some reason, I feel like I need to finish up my current spinning projects, so I can have brand new ones for the "Tour"!

 This is the last bump of  roving for this project.  I only have one bobbin for the e-spinner, so I have been winding off the finished bobbins onto the spools from my sectional warping rack.

There are really only the two colors!  As the fibers compress they darken.  I have gotten 2 spools from each bump, and I think I am going to use 1 strand of the dark brown and 2 strands of the lighter brown and make a lovely 3ply with it.  I will probably borrow my daughters wheel for that, it has such huge bobbins!

I am now making my plans for the "Tour 2013" projects, nothing quite final yet, but I will show you when I am sure.  Now, back to the looms!

Until next time, Happy Weaving and Spinning, Tina