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BUSY, BUSY, BUSY

Posted in Family, Harley, Job Search, Retreat, video on May 6, 2010 by shortysmg

It’s been over a month since I posted, so as I’m sure you can guess there has been a lot going on.  So much so, I’m not really sure where I should begin.  So forgive me if I jump around a bit.

I’ll start with the “Twill Block” scarf from Handwoven.  I finished it in time to give it to my sister when I visited for Easter.  This visit went from a one week visit to a three week visit.  And I had a great time!

Harley truly enjoyed himself during this visit.  We got a kick out of watching him chase my youngest nephew around the house.  And were amazed at how quickly he figured out he could catch him if he stopped and waited for him to come around again.    Luckily he only got stepped on once.  He barked insanely at my brother-in-law, which we think is because my BIL made so much noise whenever he came in or left the house.  Since Harley and I are used to being alone in the house, all the noises at my sister’s freaked him out at first, but he got used to it fairly quickly.  He even had a great time making me chase him around her yard.  

It was a little sad though.  I brought all these projects I had intended on working on, but all I got done was less than an inch of a Jaywalker sock I started months ago.  All the weaving, and spindled spinning sat in a corner untouched.  Mostly because I went to work with my sister to help her out several times.  I enjoyed meeting her co-workers I hadn’t met before, and getting reacquainted with the ones I already knew.  If it ends up that I get the job working with her, it’s going to be loads of fun doing something I love to do, with people I truly like working with.  So wish me luck!  I think I’d really like living with family again too.  I’ve been living alone for almost ten years, and being a part of a family’s daily routine was very nice!

After three weeks there, I got home with three days to spare before I headed up to Port Huron for our Knit-A-Way retreat.  And all I can say is, I had a fabulous time with fabulous friends (new and old)!  I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I planned to take.  But I did get some pretty good ones.  Especially during an afternoon walk with a new friend.  we looked up the cliff and spotted a Llama looking down at us checking us out.  It was adorable!  You can check out the pictures on my Flickr page.  I also got to talk on a podcast for the first time.  One of the guests at the retreat was none other than “Coggie” of The High Fiber Diet.  She decided to record while we were there and allowed us to join her on the mic.  I got a little outrageous and trashy at points (not meant for young ears), but she seemed okay with it.  And it was loads of fun!  (I’m “I Have the Clap”)  I can’t wait for the next retreat.

The other great thing that has happened to me is my new loom came in.  I ordered the Kromski Fantasia and have been bugging my friend Beth of The Spinning Loft to get my hands on it as soon as possible.  And when it came in she immediately put it together and called me to pick it up.  I love Miss Beth so much!

Now I have to get things together for the return trip to my sister’s.  I’m going to spend a few more weeks trying to impress her bosses so they’ll consider hiring me.  But I have to be back by the first of June.  In time for my cousin’s prom and high school graduation.  And for my parents yearly summer visit.

Hopefully I’ll have some knitting, spinning and/or weaving content by then.

A LITTLE SCATTERED…

Posted in Family, weaving on March 26, 2010 by shortysmg

The last few weeks I’ve been a little craft scattered, with a really bad case of start itis.  It started with my decision to do a Crochet By Numbers project.  I had been coveting the idea of a picture of myself as a kid to hang in my craft room, and finally decided to just do it.  I sent my picture to Todd, and in less than two days had my design.  I chose purples, of course, and got started.   Click the flickr link to see photos of my progression

I was really excited, and crocheting away, for about a week then BAM!  I lost my motivation to keep working on it.

My problem was I kept looking at the beautiful “BMFA” Waffle Weave scarf that was still on the loom waiting to be completed.  So, I broke down and made myself finish it.  And I am so glad I did!   The Raven and Spirits colorways look really good together.  And the Black/Blue “Haida” really pops and is so vibrant in the sunlight.  I am really happy with my choices on this one.

During all this I remembered the BFL/silk fiber I bought a few weeks ago, thanks to Beth at The Spinning Loft, and decided I HAD to have some of it.  I actually had to have a pound of it to be exact.  It’s so luxurious!  And I’m so glad I bought it.   And it’s going to make a beautiful warp for the name draft shawl I want to make for myself sometime soon.  I was only able to spin part of a bobbin before I got distracted though.

Enter the distraction, “Twill Blocks” from Handwoven magazine, Sept/Oct 2009.  I fell in love with this cover project the moment the issue of Handwoven hit my mailbox.  And I knew I had to make one for myself.  So, after months of debating what fiber to use and in what color, I decided on a great red and black 3ply wool.  And from the start I loved it. Unfortunately, it didn’t completely hold my interest either.  But after jumping back and forth between projects, which also includes a pair of Jaywalker socks out of Wollmeise.  I finally finished it a couple of days ago.  And I’m so glad I did.  I love it, and I think my sister will too.  I decided that it was perfect for her while I was making it.  

During all of my flip flopping, and my horrendous case of startitis, I also started a Color Theory weaving class.  I’m hoping this will help me gain some confidence and daring in my color choices.  It took me two and a half weeks, but I finally got all 19 colors warped, and the loom is now dressed.   This week I got almost half of the weaving done.  But I forgot to bring my camera to take pictures.  I’m hoping to get to the store this weekend to maybe get at least two or three more colors sections done.

I’ve discovered something about myself the last few weeks.  I must have several projects going at the same time, or I loose my crafting mojo all together.  So it’s back to work I go.  This weekends distraction is a woven black lace bamboo shawl for my mom.

Wish me luck!  I think I’m going to need it.

LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS

Posted in Christmas, Family, Knitting, weaving with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2009 by shortysmg

The last few weeks have been very eventful. Craft-wise, and entertainment wise.

I’ll start with the entertainment portion.

I am a huge fan of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I enjoyed the movie version of Twilight and was waiting as patiently as I could for the second movie. I waited until Monday, November 23rd to go see it with two friends. All can I say is “OUTSTANDING”! They had to leave quite a bit from the book, out of the movie which is always a disappointment but understandable. But I have to say I was very impressed with the special effects, especially the wolfs. And now I’m on pins and needles to see the third movie: Eclipse.

On Black Friday, my good friend Amy and I went to The Spinning Loft for a book signing event for Abby Franquemont’s book Respect The Spindle. I got a signed copy of the book, which I starting reading as soon as I got home. I also got two new spindles and some fiber.
I even won a fantastic Abby batt in the store drawing.

The event was so inspiring that I pulled out my wheel and spindles and set about getting some serious spinning done. This is the gorgeous Pygora I collected over the last few weeks. This fiber had been on a bobbin so long, I don’t even know what it is or where I purchased it from. I think Harley approves.  I also finally finished the One Day Beret I started while on vacation back in October.  

I also had a major failure with my mom’s Christmas shawl.  I ran out of yarn about 10 inches from the end of the project.  I ordered what I thought was the same yarn and dye lot, only to discover it was a different weight and had a shine to it that was not in the original yarn.  I thought it wouldn’t be very noticeable, but I was very wrong.  

I decided to go in a completely different direction on my second attempt.  Black chenille is on the loom and ready to become a beautiful scarf.  

It’s time to get back to work so wish me luck!

45 DAYS AND COUNTING

Posted in Christmas, Family, weaving with tags , , , , on November 10, 2009 by shortysmg

This year I decided to have a hand made Christmas. Most of my presents are going to be made by me. It’s going to be really interesting to see if I can actually get it all done.

I started by making what I had hoped would be a shawl for my mother. It came out beautiful! The black bamboo, warp and weft, complimented each other very well.

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But unfortunately for me, it’s not as wide as I would have hoped it would be. So it’s back to the drawing board, or should I say warping board, for me.

MY BLACK DIAMOND SHAWL

Posted in Family, NaBloPoMo, weaving with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2009 by shortysmg

Trying to keep up with NaBloPoMo has been surprising easy for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m so excited about what I’ve been doing, or if it’s just making a conscious effort makes it easy. Wither way, I’m proud of myself so far.

I cut the Black Diamond Shawl I was weaving for my mother off the Ashford loom today. It came out really nice. And is about ready to come out of the bath, and be blocked and dried.

Despite the fact that it is beautiful, I don’t think this is going to be the present I give my mother this Christmas. It’s just not exactly what I had in mind for her. My mother lives in Arizona, and has said on several occasions that when she goes into restaurants and theaters she tends to be a little chilly, no matter what the temperature is outside. So I thought, a large, light weight shawl would be a great idea for her. My concern about if this is the right shawl for her rests on the fact that I don’t think it’s wide enough. When I warped it, I was hoping to end up over 10 inches wide. Unfortunately, it’s a little less than 9 inches, and it doesn’t have the feel I wanted it to have. Hopefully I can get it dried and get some pictures of it to share in the next day or two.

Here it is straight off the loom. DSC00576 Unfortunately, my bad lighting is not doing the pattern justice. I hope that a few outside shots will be better.

Now to decide what to warp next.

Tomorrow I’m taking the loom over to a good friends house. She wants to see how long, and how intense, the warping process is before she commits to a floor loom for herself. I can only hope she knows it’s going to be a really long day. Even though I’m going to choose a pattern, and maybe even warp the warping board tonight. We’ll have to see how she feels after we’re done tomorrow.

THE OLD COLLEGE TRY!

Posted in Family, weaving with tags , , on November 2, 2009 by shortysmg

I suppose this is a strange choice for a title, considering I only went to college for one year. But I’ve decided to do just that.

November is NaBloPoMo month, and I’ve decided to give it my best shot. I’m not very well known for finishing things, so this should be pretty interesting. To say the least. Especially since I’m already one day behind. But here’s to giving it the best I can!

On a separate note, my 2nd cousin got married yesterday! And I was honored to have been able to attend their wedding. Here and now, I wanted to say publicly, “Congratulations D. and J.!!!” I’m wishing you a long, happy and healthy marriage.

I’ve been having a really hard time the last few days trying to decide what weaving project I want to start next. There are so many ideas rolling around in my head, that I can’t seem to make a decision. Should I make another chenille scarf? Try my hand at Overshot? Or make a basic Twill pattern? Decisions, decisions, decisions! I hope to have something on the loom by the end of the day today. But only time will tell.

Blue Denim Cabin #1

Posted in Family, weaving with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by shortysmg

While visiting my sister a few weeks ago. She decided that the black and silver log cabin chenille scarf I made was meant for her. DSC00267 And as is usually the case, where my sister is concerned, I caved. I brought it home, twisted the fringe, washed and blocked it, and am preparing to ship it to her next week. She is lucky I love her, because it’s probably one of my favorite handmade items so far.

I decided I need to warp another scarf for myself right away. So I went through the insane stash of chenille I’ve collected over the last few months, and chose to warp another log cabin in denim. Thinking this might actually end up being a pretty popular color combination, I decided to make my warp long enough for at least two scars.

I wanted to try out the Ashford table loom I got for my trip, but never used. And I have to say, after a couple of false starts, and barring the fact that I didn’t attach the treddles, I am enjoying this loom immensely. And I am very pleased with the fact that in just a few hours of weaving I’m almost done with scarf #1.
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I can’t wait to see this one finished and wrapped around my neck!