Such quiet beauty in the monochromatic world after a snow storm.
Time to Weave?
I was so excited today when I went to the post office and found my new Handwoven magazine waiting for me. This new issue is dedicated to making towels and learning a new weave with each one. There is a nice mix of 4, 6 and 8 harness weaving, along with a very nice Rep Rug.
I am looking forward to life settling down a bit, so that I can dress my loom up again. Unlike knitting or spinning, where you can just sit and spin or knit while watching TV, weaving is such a different process. The important part of weaving goes into the planning, the math and the threading. Making sure the tension is just right and praying that you didn't cross any threads along the way. I dress my loom from back to front, but a good friend and weaving teacher is going to teach me how she dresses the loom from front to back. I am looking forward to the new challenge and dishtowels are one of my favorite things to weave, as they are a great quick gift. Under the magazine is one of the towels that I wove last year to test drive my new to me loom.
Now........as much as I love to spin on a wheel, there are a few out there who know how much I do not like spinning on a drop spindle. For some reason, I have the hardest time drafting the roving with the right hand, which makes it awkward. I think some of my problem goes back to my childhood days, when as a left handed child, I was forced to write right handed. Many times I still want to use that left hand, but my brain thinks in a right handed way....believe me, my spindling is not pretty...LOL
However.......I am always a sucker for a good cause and I make no secret that a lovely piece of wood sucks me in every bit as much as a greasy fleece. Last week I received an email from my friends Pam and Jim Childs of Hatchtown Farm. A very dear friend of theirs, Allison, who had purchased many spindles from them in her short life, had recently passed away. Allison's spindles were being sold with the donations being sent to Dr. Rowe's research fund. You can read more about Allison's story on this page
I am honored to own this lovely spindle. Somehow, I am going to conquer the drop spindle this time around, in honor of Allison ;-)
Breeze had her xray today and she also has 4 pups, so hang on..same bat channel, same bat time for the next round ;-)