I was able to get over to visit with friend and fellow blogger (and weaver and fiber artist extraordinaire), Cindie to pick up some yarn I had ordered last week. I needed the cone of 8/2 natural unmercerized cotton for this pillowcase warp. Stats on this are 488 ends, 11 yards and sett at 18epi.
The pattern is an 8 shaft basket weave and in the May/June Handwoven 1989 issue. I got a fair amount of other yarns too. Lots of new colors in both perle and unmercerized cotton. I even did a little reorganization of yarns. All naturals, whites and blacks are together since these make up the majority of my warps.
Colors all live together on the other shelves and it is an inspiration to walk by them.
Wools of course are put away in the big buffet for protection.
And just where did that sectional beam end up.....on the ceiling!
Of course, I did spend some time weaving on the Murphy loom. The only one set up right now.
I decided to play with both new colors and treading for what may be the last run of prayer flags before this warp runs out.
We'll see. I no longer remember how many yards I put on, maybe 10 but it could have been 8. So far some fun and bright flags.
I also promised an update on the latest sewing. I redrafted the Grainline Scout Tee for an empire crossover version. I ran out of the muslin material ( the cute bicycles) and used a scrap of green linen to finish it off.
I will need to make some fit adjustments, take it in and a little shaping work on the next one, but I'm pretty happy with this first run through.
Next up was the Socialite dress/tunic pattern by Anna Marie Horner.
I like the overall shape but I have to admit, hand stitching the inside neckline down is the kiss of death for me. I'm sure I will figure out another way, but the pattern offers limited options since it is sleeveless. I could draft a sleeve, and I might if I do another one. We'll see. It might be easier to take the elements I like and translate them into a pattern that has already been worked out to suit me.
I never got a chance to mention it but I came home from MA with a new computer. My Mother and I both have really old Mac Books, hers was a 2007 model, mine not much newer, maybe a 2009. When hers died while I was there my Dad decided to do an upgrade for both of us. We each got a new Mac Book Air. It's a little smaller but oh so portable.
I LOVE the lighted keyboard for use at night in the dark. I bypass the full sized one I have hooked up.
Now onto fire news.
|Gene took this last week from the flight he took in the Sheriff's department helicopter|
|Fire near the Klamath River|
If you want to see Gene giving a local news interview here is a link from yesterdays news.
Parting shot: Smoochie, wagging his tail and smiling at mannequin Rhonda , hoping for treats maybe?