Finally, after a long tie the treadles session, we're up and weaving on the new to me Hollandia, who still hasn't found her name.
She is a bit fussy with her tie up in comparison to Hey Baby, but not any where near as contentious as tying up the Barbara V loom. It was, after all, our first time too.
This loom came with a bench. I don't think it's a Louet bench but it is beautifully made and I love the end pieces that allow me to tip it and lock it in at a slight angle. It is a thoughtful and well executed piece of equipment.
As always, Jack just has to get into the picture. I lifted up the sheepskin so he HAD to come over and check it out.
The 8/4 rug warp sett at 12 epi MIGHT be a little open, but my experience with cotton is that it shrinks quite a bit and I'm thinking a tighter sett could make the fabric too stiff. I made a threading error, fixed it with the addition of homemade heddle and another warp thread hung off the back. I stopped short of re-sleying.
If it was a longer run (only 3 yards) or gift towels, I would do it. For use in our household, they are just fine and I'm not so sure once the whole thing is put in the washer and dryer to shrink and finish it might be a none issue all together. Unlikely, but hope springs eternal. A little more sampling to do and then I will start in on the towels proper
Yesterday was like most Fridays; my town day. It was an easy and quick one, two stops. Websters ( of course) and the grocery store. Ah yarn and food, the sustenance of life. ;-)
I didn't need any yarn, but this beautiful Lantern Moon yarn ball container came home with me. It's a silvery mocha although it was very hard to choose with so many pretty colors.
I have been looking at the pottery ones here and there on Etsy, but being breakable have held off. A silk one will handle the wag of a tail or a curious nose pushing it around with dignity, not to mention a butterfingers knitter!
The best part of the whole trip was the ride down. Just after the summit I rounded a corner and there, in the middle of the road was a big beautiful Bald Eagle. He saw the car and strutted his stuff over to the side of the road, wings out just to let me know if we tried anything he was all business. I was watching to make sure he wasn't hurt in some way. After getting to the shoulder he still wasn't comfortable with me there, so took one good running leap and swooped up into a fir tree where he literally lorded over me. I parked the car on the shoulder and watched him for a good five minutes.
He preened, opening that wing span for a birds eye view. Not a feather was a miss and
after showing off, he took off in search of thermals and food . Looked like a promising day for both.
While we have a good population of eagles it is always a treat to see one so close and this one was a good healthy looking specimen, mature and in great plumage. I secretly wished he would drop a feather or two from the preening, but no such luck.