I spent the majority of the week in the valley. My Dad and I spent a lovely Tuesday visiting some plant nurseries way out in the Applegate and Grants Pass areas. Wednesday was a Mother/Daughter shopping day in Ashland and I took my Mom to my hairdresser for a nice cut. We shopped shoes and books and had a proper lunch at Larks in the beautiful Ashland Springs Hotel. Thursday was the Growers Market and my own food shopping and yesterday I decided to throw my back out planting a dang tree. All my weekend plans have fizzled for the moment. It wasn't the shoveling, the ground was light and easy, I just twisted wrong when I bent to pick up the tree to put it in the hole. I've rarely had lower back problems and I'm hoping this goes away quickly. Like tomorrow.......
While I was in town this week, Gene and floor guy Phil were working on this!
It's probably best I wasn't around much.
There is still some caulking to do around the sink but for the most part, it is done.
The room will get a fresh coat of paint sometime this spring/summer. I have colors already picked out. The camera doesn't do this nice sheet vinyl justice at all. It looks like a soft grey linen. This is the same flooring that we put in the laundry room.
I did manage a quick sew earlier in the week. This is some of that heavenly Japanese linen, in a polka dot. I have this fabric in a grey dot too.
It is hard to find so I buy it when I see it. The hand is quite different from either Belgium, Irish or Italian linen.
The Macomber is empty, folded up and under cover. I got six towels from that warp and some sampling.
Two of the towels will go to the Greensprings Fire and Rescue silent auction.
The Murphy loom will be cleared today of it's warp. I can sit okay for short periods and weave a bit after a couple of Advil's. I also have a good start on the warp for the Gilmore. I am going to do an overshot pattern from the Bertha Gray Hayes book. Tangerine is the name. The warp is a plain medium grey unmercerized cotton which I think will show off any colors I might chose nicely.
I sold Big Sal. I had loads of fun learning the mechanics of a dobby loom on her but she is poorly suited to what I like to weave, which is short warps and not quite so intricate patterns. Plus she takes up a ton of real estate. She will be leaving me in Sept. but I'll be breaking her apart sooner than that. Probably July or August.
I also sold my Lendrum spinning wheel. It was a lovely wheel but I pined away for my Schacht wheel that I never should have sold. I don't spin often so when I do, I really want to love the wheel I spin on. With the Lendrum, I sent some nice braids of wools and a few little bags of some other fibers I think along with some locally harvested Romney wool. I personally think every wheel should come with assortment pack of fibers to try, kind of like a box of chocolates....
Anyway, the lovely buyer in New Hampshire sent ME back a thank you gift. Virginia West's Swatch Book, signed from 1985.
What a treasure.! Thank you Gwen, so very much!
There will be one or two warps at least inspired by this collection.
So, that was the week that was in a nutshell, or at least a single blog post. :-)
Parting shot: Robin, who had been severely reprimanded right before this pic. Does he look contrite to you?