Thursday, September 3, 2009


All the looms are in various stages. I just couldn't help myself and started weaving the alpaca/linen warp on Hey Baby. It is weaving up just like I had hoped. It's smooth and soft at the same time. The scarf is 10" wide with a sett of 8 epi and just about perfect for this fiber.

Gene is eyeing it himself so who knows. I might relent and let him pick one of the guy type scarves I have woven since his old knitted scarf looks pretty horrible. It was the first scarf I ever knitted, and might have been one of the last. Knitting scarves doesn't speak to me in the same way weaving them does.

He provided the extra hands to beam the 11 yard warp onto Barbara. This weekend I'll remove her beater and breast beam and hopefully get in there to thread and sley. It should be quick. This is only a 30" wide warp with a 6 epi sett.

I'll use front harnesses 1 through 4 instead of all 8 since these are simple plain weave rag rugs slated for assorted areas in the house.

The Murphy loom mohair warp is half threaded. I'll finish up threading and sley it today. I might even have time to start some weaving. I have no where to go and nothing pressing on the farm.

A few goodies arrived yesterday. Actually they might have arrived sooner but I got to the mail box yesterday, finally. Amazon delivered my vacuum bags. Now how's that for a goodie treat? HA! It was the book in the box with the vacuum bags that made it treat worthy and after all, I wanted to make sure I got free shipping. ;-)

The book is Norwegian Handknits Heirloom Designs from the Vesterheim Museum by Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel. There are some really lovely designs, many I will never attempt but a few I will certainly give a try too. The entrelac sheep caught my eye

and the Sami Sweater done in the round are certainly possibilities. But not in white!

Another package of some import also arrived. I really need some better way than scissors to cut fabric strips and a rag cutter new was out of the question given the impending surgery. Low and behold, the universe offered up a beautiful used one, in just the model ( Fraser 500-1) I was considering and at a very reasonable price. Opportunity need not knock twice. I did indeed forgo a dinner out and a couple bottles of wine and it was worth every bite I didn't eat. :-)

On farm news, it would seem the bear that has been working on our garbage pails has been mauling bins all over the mountain, from here all the way down to Buckhorn Springs which is down at the base in the valley. He even chased someone into their home and pounded on the building. Fish and Wildlife is taking the matter under consideration as to what to do with Bruno, either catch and relocate or, sadly, destroy him. Needless to say, I have been very watchful going out in the dark morning and have refrained from tractor jaunts down the driveway. It also pays to listen to what the horses are up to. A lot of snorting and hoof beats mean running, running in the dark usually means something has them worried. The goats will also be in an uproar and they aren't shy about letting me know when there is a problem.

Buzz and Juno are pissed off at me. I wormed them for tape worms yesterday. An unpleasant event for all involved. Pilling cats is just a pain. I managed not to get any of my fingers embedded on a tooth though so we can consider it a success!


  1. Everything is a trade off isn't it - and as long as you are happy with it that's all that matters! I would have looked for the book and the shear also. The scarf is beautiful and I can see why Gene would eye it. Bears around the house.... That would make me nervous also! Congrats on no cat teeth in your fingers!

  2. The Alpaca shawl looks beautiful, I love the brown colors. And congratulations on the Norwegian knitting book!
    The fabric cutting device looks very exciting, but I wonder how it works? I hope you can show us sometime, because cutting fabric with scissors or a rolling knife is enormously time consuming, and I also would gladly sacrifice some dinners out for a device which speeds up this process.

  3. Theresa.... an elevan yard warp - that is so unlike you!

  4. Hi Theresa, just catching up on all the weaving blogs. Everyone has been busy. As for us, we are now in Ashland! We have been exploring in between getting things set up. A bit warm after the coast but beautiful.

  5. Jennifer,
    Yes, bears with no fear of people does make for a watchful farm! I ran out of weft with about 10" to go, so it's off to grab another skein.

    Charlotte, when I start cutting fabric I'll take pics and post how it works. I need to get Barbara V ready to weave before I even think about playing with the new toy.

    Dawn, what can I say, this is my least favorite loom to thread and the one I like making rugs and such on. It only makes sense, but gosh 11 yards is a lot of weaving on the same thing. Good that rugs go pretty quickly!

    Renee, Welcome, we'll have to get together. Get settled and have fun exploring for a bit and maybe in the next week or so, lets plan a meet! If you head up to the Greensprings for a peek, give a holler. I'm just about always home.

  6. You have some really cool projects going. Your work is definitely an inspiration to me!

    Bears, in your yard, in the dark. Yipes!!!

    I tried out a rigby cutter (I think it was called) at NEWS. They only had wool to try it with, but I was impressed with it. They actually weren't sure how it would do with cotton and I never got back there with any cotton we could try it on. (The vendor was a rug hooking shop, so that's why they had all wool.) It sounds like your new cutter might be similar.

    That book looks beautiful!! Definitely some tempting projects just in what you showed....and I might be able to find more temptation if I get the whole book!

    Perhaps focus is more of an issue for me than temptation!


  7. You are so insanely productive. I'm using the excuse that people were sleeping with my looms. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.