Monday, September 19, 2016

The Old Dump and Run

It's an age old story! You get busy and the blog languishes a bit. That's life. My Dad hasn't been feeling well and for the last number of weeks I've been making more runs down to town to lend a hand where and when needed.

We're also getting anxious about getting wood in, doing some heavy equipment work on the driveway and gearing up for winter. We need rain. We can't cut down dead trees with chainsaws when we are in extreme fire season. The risk is far too great and the rain is proving to be a bit late this year. So putting up wood for the winter will be a hurry up and wait affair. I have seen a fox though, on the deck and the raccoon babies have been cut free by their Momma. The not so little pirates were on the deck by themselves last night. No sign of Mom I could see but I'm betting she was near. Just two nights ago all four where out dining on sunflower seed by the almost full moon.

I have lots of things in process on the looms and not much weaving to show. Nick is going to get a warp on this weekend for a run of turned twill towels. Say that 3 times fast!

 The project is from the Jan/Feb issue of Handwoven. I loved the marled yarn effect, just didn't like how the black and white muddied the colors and wanted a lighter version. This is what was found and on sale at the time to boot!

I think the lighter marling will make for a better pop of those crayon colors. This is a 7 yard warp and I'm starting the sett at 18 epi since this yarn runs at 1900ypp. I think 20 epi might be too stiff. We'll see.

Up in the salon, fall sewing has started. Two long sleeve tunics made it out last week.

 I had an epiphany working on the sleeves of the Esme ( red floral) tunic. They can be a bit of pain to set. So, there I am thinking that maybe I could frankenpattern the Scout tee armsythe and sleeve onto the Esme, when I realized it would be MUCH easier to just adjust the Esme neckline to the scout tee. So from now on, the Scout Tee shirt pattern is really my "block" which I work most options from. To that end I ordered a second paper copy since my original taped PDF version is tattered and messy.  I have some nice fall fabrics in fun prints just waiting for time and inspiration!

What a sweet raku piece I found in a local floral and statuary shop! It makes me smile every time I see it. Our hummers have left although we are getting some as they migrate south or just down into the valley for winter. The feeders here stay up well into late fall/early winter. You never know when a straggler might need some fuel to make it last bit down to warmth!

Parting shot: Pogo doing his best Yoda imitation.


  1. Brilliant idea to do an Esme/Scout. I love the Scout tee and just about all the grainline patterns. The linden didn't work for me - raglan sleeves are weird on my bod.

    I hope your Dad feels better soon. And that your Mom's hip is behaving.

  2. Best wishes for Dad's improving health. Or at the very least, pain-free times.

    Yoda looks a bit on edge.

  3. Coco, Thank you for the paternal well wishes! My Mom's hip is doing okay, although she will always be a bit mobility challenged due to other orthopedic problems. Indygo Junction makes some nice fitting raglan sleeves.....

    Thanks Peg! Yoda is the zen master of all he surveys. Ha! ;-)

  4. Rick is out splitting the white spruce he brought home as I type. We got some blessed rain last weekend; not a lot, but it made a lot of difference around here. I hope you get some soon so you can get that all-important firewood in! Hugs about your dad; I need to call mine tonight to see how he's doing. That red floral tunic outfit is beautiful!

  5. That red floral tunic is to die for!

  6. Pogo has "the look" down pat!!! I agree with sleeve solution - go with the one that works the best.

  7. LA- Yep much easier, necklines can be traced out with ease for changes to TNT patterns.

    Rhonda, Amy Butler fabric and probably a number of years old.

    Michelle, Thank you! Yep that red fabric makes for some pretty sewing and wearing! We got a bit of rain last night. Hoping for some more today.

  8. That red floral is very pretty .. as it the little hummingbird piece. Raccoon visits are always a treat. Living in an apartment now, I miss them dearly.

  9. Your linen towels sound lovely, and towels make such special gifts. I love the red floral fabric that you're working with. I miss the hummers and wish that I could see where they are now. Wouldn't that be cool if you could track their progress? Lovely find of the hummingbird piece.

  10. I love everything you make, but are all these for you, or do you sell them??? I checked out the grain line patterns...I really like the penny raglan, but wonder if it would work with handwoven fabric.

  11. I absolutely love these 2 tunics, and the little raku piece is pretty. Hope your dad is feeling better, and that moisture comes your way soon.