Nine hundred and thirty is the number of ends in the blanket warp. It does not include the fishing line I'll put in the two fold areas or the edges to protect the selvage ends. I decided to do just one blanket on this warp to mitigate high yarn losses should the project go south. Plus I don't think Gene would be particularly fond of his special blanket having pink stripes in the warp! Here is the beginning of the warp being measured.
I had to really think about where I wanted/needed stripes of color. I did 60 ends of pink for the beginning and will do 60 ends of the same at the end. This will give me ten top and ten bottom pink warp threads at each end and the same at each of the two fold lines. Basically that means that each stripe will be two inches wide at 10 epi. I almost had heart failure as I was scanning around on a couple of different web sites and saw Harrisville's Shetland listed for plain weave at 8-10 epi, different from my very nice sample book from them, that lists sett at 10-12-15 epi. A quick call to the very experienced weavers on the Harrisville staff and I was back on track using my original 10 epi. Here is the very small triple weave sample.
Tuesday was guild meeting day and true to form, I had to leave early to pick up my glasses. What is it about Tuesdays? They seem to be my busiest day of the week always. It was so when I worked too and had to run payroll for 140 shift employees, most with time and a half, some with double time and of course those evil weekly check garnishments to figure out. Anyway, I digress. I got all sorts of wonderful goodies in my short time at guild meeting and felt very spoiled indeed.
Nadine ( long suffering mentor) had a draft for me that she found which I have yet to really sit down with.
I got a whole heap of books from the library, including Bress's big book and a beefy coverlet book "Keep Me Warm One Night" along with a couple of others...I guess those should have gone on my reading list!
Cindie, over at Eweniquely Ewe had filled her car trunk with stuff just for me. More roving in pink, blue and mocha, a wonderful Icelandic sheep skin for my bench
and she passed along some of her winnings of doggy items to the crew here. The grandest was a big puffy dog bed! Needless to say, it was a hit and everyone has taken a turn sleeping there. It is becoming the coveted spot! This is Charlotte giving the evil eye to someone who is just *thinking* about checking out the new bed. It pays to be the alpha girl. The only one who can move in on her territory is Dennett. I think they all sense he's mostly blind and since he is the alpha male still, even Charlotte will acquiesce.
Smoochie also got a fabulous new collar complete with a flames graphic and new matching leash. Pictures of him will follow soon.
But that's not all! I had been lamenting that my 8 dent reed was going to be stuffed with those multiple ends per dent blanket. Cindie whipped out a 6 dent reed for me to borrow.
So, I know you are reading this Cindie, THANK YOU for your kindness and generosity. The dogs thank you too, especially Charlotte and Smoochie. The cat wants to know why you didn't win anything to pass on to him, but then again, he's a cat, what would you expect? :-)
On farm news, the weather has finally changed to winter. No hope of another little Indian summer at this point. Last night we had snow, today and through the weekend, snow and rain forecasted. The temps are not climbing into the 50's like even a week ago, mostly now staying in the high 30's and low 40's for that nanosecond at about 2:00 p.m. The horses have just about completed laying in their winter curly coats and are plump and happy the bugs are gone. Heated water buckets are in full service and
I am wishing for a hard sustained freeze now to make the paddock less muddy. Grain, molasses and apples are on hand for the weekly hot mash. The goat hay feeder has been moved away from their gate to a place under the trees for protection. The wood has been cut, split and stacked. Heat tape is on in the pump house and only the plow needs to be attended to with some welding. We're ready to say "Bring it on" to old man winter. No sign of Puck but I would bet he'll appear at some point. No skunks this year either so far. I hope Bond has found other more suitable places to visit. Fingers crossed that is so.