Posted in weaving with tags , , , on January 29, 2010 by shortysmg

Yesterday was yet another example of “One of those kind of days!”  Yet again, anything that could go wrong, almost did.

The fabulous owner of “The Spinning Loft“,  Beth, had ordered  a warping mill for me back at the beginning of the year, and it had yet to be delivered. So while I was waiting, she kindly allowed me to use hers, but she needed it back for a class that was supposed to begin this weekend.  While I was there, she checked the delivery date, and luckily for me it was out for delivery that day.  So, even though I was dying to get back home and work on my weaving I decided to hang out and wait for it to be delivered.  As my luck would have it, I sat and waited for hours.  Jokingly I said that minutes after I gave up and left the UPS man would pull up.  And that’s exactly what happened.  After waiting for more than 5 hours, I decided I had better head home, before the weather turned or traffic home got bad.  (The store is about 45 minutes to and hour from where I live.)  Literally 10 minutes out my phone rang.  I knew immediately who it was, but I called the shop to make sure.  And what I joked would happen is exactly what happened.  Just a few minutes after I left, the delivery driver showed up.  Needless to say, I turned around and went back to the shop to pick up my new mill.

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again.  Sometimes Murphy’s Law is a BITCH!!!

On the weaving front, the 2nd set of towels are coming along great.  I’m having so much fun weaving them.  I finally got the first one finished, hemmed and started the second.  But I’m no cutting it off the loom this time after the disaster warp tension problem last time.

I’m so excited about how the waffle weave pattern is working up.  And I can’t wait to get another set on the loom.

Back to work I go!  Have a great weekend!



Posted in weaving with tags , , , on January 28, 2010 by shortysmg

Continuing yet another addiction.  I know, it’s not like I need another, but I can’t seem to help myself.  I’ve become addicted to the Waffle Weave pattern for towels.

I finished the second in the first set of towels.  They ended up a lot better than I thought they would.  Especially considering all the issues I was having.

Almost immediately after I finished these towels, I put a pre-warped 5/2 off white cotton, with 5/2 gray as the accent, on the loom and started weaving.

I’m hoping to have enough warp for at least three small towel.  I’m thinking this smaller size will be more my style.  The warp is set at 12 inches wide/20 e.p.i., on the loom.  So far the take up is less than a 1/2″.  And I’m hoping for less than 2″ of shrinkage, but only time will tell.

Time to get back to the loom.  Have a great day.


Posted in weaving with tags , , on January 25, 2010 by shortysmg

Did you ever have a day when Murphy’s Law pulled up a chair, sat down and wouldn’t leave?  Well that’s the kind of day I had yesterday and today.

The Waffle Weave towel warp has been kicking my butt since day one.  I got so angry with the 9 yard warp, that I simply cut it off the loom and started over from scratch.  The new warp is only 3 yards (about the same as I’ve used for my scarfs), so it should have been much more manageable.  WRONG!!

Almost everything I could have done wrong, or every bad thing that could have happened did.  The warp got twisted when I was chaining it.  I dropped the chain, which promptly came un-done.  Harley decided the loose thread from the cross tie was a toy, and snatched it off.  Once I got the reed and heddles threaded, I moved the beater and pulled all the threads through the reed.  DUH!!!

Luckily, I had decided that this project was not going to defeat me.  So I kept at it.  I fixed everything that needed to be fixed, re-sleyed the reed, and began weaving.  I’m so proud of myself.  I even found a hemstitching video, thanks to the wonderful weavers on Ravelry, and did a pretty fair job of hemstitching the beginning of the towels.

I got several inches done, and figured I should take a break for a little while and enjoy how it’s going so far.


Posted in weaving with tags , on January 22, 2010 by shortysmg

There are several things I need to catch up on since my last craft related post.  But I’m working on a project right now that I’m pretty excited about, and I want to start with that.

Thanks to the inspiration of the wonderful weavers on Ravelry.  I’ve wanted desperately to weave some Waffle Woven towels.  And also do a better job of documenting my work.  So I’m doing it.

On the warping board.

Third attempt at dressing the loom.

Ready to start weaving the hem.

Hem and a couple of pattern repeats woven.

After first color change.

After I posted the pictures, a friend suggested I needed to beat harder.  And as always she was right.

Project Notes:

The pattern is from the back cover of:
Handwoven’s Design Collection #18
All purpose waffle weave towels.

I’m using 8/2 cotton.
20 EPI.
Total warp ends: 362
Warp Length: 6 yards

Width in reed: 18”
Width while weaving: 16.2.5”

Can’t wait to see how they look after being washed.

A Meme for 2010, about 2009

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 18, 2010 by shortysmg

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Learned to weave.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t make them because I never keep them.

3. How did you spend New Year’s Eve?

With my parents in Arizona.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My paternal grandfather. (92 years old)

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

A job, and a better prospect for the future.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

June 1st..  It’s the day I knew my job was over forever.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Learning to weave.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Trying to find a job.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Just the usual blood pressure issues.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A Schacht Baby Wolf Loom 26″ floor loom.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Paying off, or down, all my bills.

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?

It’s a Hard Knock Life – from the movie Annie.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Travel, education.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

16. What was your favourite TV program?

The Big Bang Theory.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I try not to hate people.  It promotes bad Kharma.

18. What was the best book you read?

The Cell by Stephen King.  (actually third time)

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

20. What was your favorite film of this year?


22. What kept you sane?

My wonderful family and friends.
23. Who did you miss?

Some of my co-workers.

24. Who was the best new person you met?

I didn’t meet any new people that stood out more than anyone else.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

That nothing in life is guaranteed.  Even if you think it will last forever, it probably won’t!


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 13, 2010 by shortysmg

I’m sure most people have already seen this video.  But I wanted to share this one because it’s the first one where you got a clear view of Oprah, and her expressions as the realization hits her that something is going on.


Knitting, Weaving and Spinning will return soon, I promise!!!


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 10, 2010 by shortysmg

I have got to find out how to get involved in one of these. They look like loads of fun!