Sunday, February 04, 2007

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Here is my completed weaving project. I used mercerized cotton with an overshot design from the Learning to Weave Book by Deborah Chandler. It's a great book and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn to weave. It is 76" long, not including the 8 inches of fringe on each side. It is about 24" wide. I love how it looks. I wish I had used a yarn that was a little thinner but it was for a class and a lot of the others in the class are making place mats so they needed something thicker and more substantial.

Here is a pretty good closeup. I like how weaving with the flax color toned down the rest of the colors.
I've ordered some spun silk for my next project. I ordered three different sizes and I'll think about it when I get the yarn. I want to do some huck lace. I'd like it to be a little lighter in weight than this. The yarn I'm actually leaning toward is about 5000 ypp and I'm not sure I'm ready for a project to take that long..
I'll do a little more thinking when I get the yarn. I can always knit lace with any of the yarns I ordered. I'm getting at least one cone of each so that will make a pretty good shawl.

Now I know this picture is sideways and that's just pure laziness on my part but look at how this dog is sitting. Lou is rubbing her neck pretty hard here and she is just making the funniest noises. Crazy dog.
Who's idea was it to get a dog anyway.
Things are getting better with her. I'm chalking all of the bad behavior up to adolescence and hoping we can work through it.

This is my final package from my Secret Pal. She is Samantha from Zan Knits. A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT! She was great and very thoughtful the whole time. I never would have guessed it. She spins cotton on a charkha, makes her own stitch markers, knits...all while trying to get into NYU or Rutgers or SMU. Hey Kate, can you help her out? I know it's a different department but it doesn't hurt to ask.

And lookee what she sent me. Knit picks yarn in both lace weight and sock weight and patterns to match and Simple Socks and Knitted Gifts. I don't own any of this stuff and if you saw my book collection you would see what a miracle it is.

I love this girl. Thanks Sam.

Here are some extreme closeups from this morning. This kids love when I do this.

This month I turn 42. I left home to go to California when I was 18. I stayed there until Brittney was 2 1/2 and Chelsea was 1 1/2 so I was in my 23rd year. Had enough of the nonsense with their dad and went back to Pennsylvania. I started dating Lou when Brittney was 3 1/2, I think. We got married when Brittney was 9 and Chelsea was 8.

Our family moved from Pennsylvania to Michigan in 1999 so it will be 8 years since I've been away from home this second time.

My point of all of this is that I am still home sick. Sometimes more than others. Now is a more time. My grandmother on my mother's side is getting up there - I think she'll be 83 this year. I miss her a lot. My parents are still great and young. Lou's parents have had a lot of health problems over the last year and a half and I wish I could be there to be a bigger help. I miss our families. I'm not saying I'm not happy here. I am. I don't know what's gotten into me. It hit me yesterday morning on my way to weigh in. I think it was a song on the radio that reminded me of home and ... well, I'll be better tomorrow.

Monday is always a busy day at the shop. I have a spinning student from 12:30 to 2. I think I remember somebody else is joining the class tomorrow too. And then weaving class from 2:30 to 4:30 and they are never out in time. It's a great class though and I love them all.

Side note: Why is Prince wearing that rag on his head that women used to put on around their curlers? (I'm watching the Superbowl Halftime show)

After the shop closes I am going to the lace knitting group that meets at Yarn For Ewe. I'm very excited. I hope I can knit well enough for this group because they are definitely something.

I have to get knitting now because I wanted to have at least the lower border rows done on my Forest Path Stole before I go to meet the group tomorrow night.

9 comments:

jessie said...

How on earth do you manage to get so much done, plus lose weight? I can't get over how many activities you pack into your day, not to mention raising kids and running the shop.

Good for you. But how?

Agnes said...

I left home (Hong Kong) and came to the States almost 6 years ago and have only been back once (last year) ... I understand so well your feeling ... I feel lucky that my parents are of good health too. Just praying every day that they stay that way!
Your weaving project looks great ... I love the colours.

hesira said...

That scarf is gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you do with silk.

Funny kids, dog, hubbie pics!

Lucky you with such a great secret pal.

You know, I turn 42 this month also. I wonder if we have the same birthday. Anyway, I'm sorry you're feeling homesick. I hope you feel better soon.

Jae said...

I will not start a new hobby called weaving. I. will. not. Oh, who am I kidding? That is beautiful!!! And I so want to know how you did it. (Walking away now before I actually do get started on a new craft)

Marie said...

WOW! Nice weaving there! I wish I lived closer so I could take a class with you too!! Cute Dog! My lola is very vocal too...I love the sounds she makes..she just cracks me up. Excellent secret pal. Fiber addicts are just great people I think.

Carla said...

Are you sure you've never weaved before??!? That's gorgeous.

Kate A. said...

I'd never really thought enough about weaving to be tempted by it before (too much equipment cost for me, for now)...but wow, now you've tempted me. Damn you!

As for helping your friend get into NYU...alas, not only do I have no pull whatsoever, and in a different department...but also a different school! CU instead of NYU, sorry. The good news is, she'd no doubt be happier at NYU than Columbia - it's not really a place I'd recommend for anybody! Not that I'm bitter, har, har...

Madame Purl said...

That's some great weaving. Wow!!! Such wonderful present from your Secret Pal.

Still Got the Answers at....... said...

I miss home, too!