Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fairy House

 Didn't feel like weaving though I wound on a towel warp.  Instead I think Spring has gotten to me and I want to make a little fairy village in the woods for when Ava comes up for the first time in July.  She will be almost 4 then and I wanted to make something magical for our walks.  This was the first one and it is a little clunky...I made a simple structure with scrap wood snitched from the burn pile.  Then Sandy (who rides with me and takes care of the barn every morning) and I went up to the woods and collected stuff.  We went back up today and collected even more stuff including moss and twigs which I added to the original.

Drilling and nailing first layer...

Getting a little more interesting...

Moss and twigs added...

More detail...

More twigs and moss...

Tomorrow is rain but Thursday we will take this first one out to the woods and we'll see how long it lasts...and I will see if Hannah eats it...and whether the moss stays alive...and I will make more.  Totally absorbing


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Finishing up some projects...

 A wee little sample for the larger baby blanket.  A doll blanket...There are two of these and I think they will go on Etsy.
 Washed, pressed, hemmed

Another triangle scarf finished and photographed...also for Etsy.  This one is called Celtic Mist.  There are so many colors in this and yet it is softly neutral.  And soft.  Woven with a wool/silk blend with some soy silk ribbon and rayon yarn as well.

And a scarf...the warp is silk boucle and rayon.  This one is called Winter Frost.  Mostly woven with tencel and rayon with occasional silk and some of my hand-dyed stash.  Also soft...

My rainbow scarf.  The second one because the first one is sold.  Also going back on Etsy soon...

And finally my Rainbow Baby Blanket...the full size one.  All washed, dried, pressed and hemmed.  There will be three of these.  One is already spoken for and I think the second one is as well.  So the last one will go on Etsy when I finish weaving it.  They are about 39 inches by 37 inches and can also work as a table cloth...or at least a square on the table.  100% cotton and totally washable.

One more scarf on one of my small looms and I am almost ready for my two students who have been patiently waiting.  I'm thinking of threading for a runner of some sort and having them work on that before they design their own piece...

Meanwhile, all the animals are hunkered down for the winter.  Except for Hannah who adores running in the snow.  Hope everyone's mid-week is wonderful!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Rainbow Baby Blankets

Just beginning to wind on the warp for three baby blankets.  My loom is 40" so that determines the width and I am hoping to end up around 37 x 37 when washed and dried.  The darkness of winter demands a rainbow of cotton color!

Beaming the warp...the color looks a little off because of the lighting in that room...

All threaded in Swedish Rosepath...This is the back of the loom.

Reed is sleyed and everything is tied on ready to weave.

View from left, right and center...One blanket woven and sold,
though it is still on the loom..
Two more to go!
Hope every one's weekend is wonderful!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

6 Years Post Whipple Surgery...and Doll Blankets!

Six years...and so much life has happened.  Adam and Alicia got married when I was finishing up chemo.  Faith and I went on a train trip across the US to Whidby Island to see an amazing friend from my high school class.  My sister Meg and her girlfriend, Darlene, Noah and I drove across the country to Colorado to see two of my brothers the following year.  Noah and Alex both graduated from college.  Ava was born and is now 3 1/2.  My Mom died at almost 92.  Both boys have moved out and into their own apartments...one in Mystic, CT and the other in Brooklyn, NY.  Along the way I lost several very, very special friends including my heart horse, Dommie...and my little pancreatic support group, Chris and Cindy...my Braveheart (oncology camp) friends Jude and more recently, Rebecca.

Dommie (photograph by Melanie Kimbler)

Gary and I took a trip to Florence, Italy and another to Maui to see Adam, Alicia and Ava.  I have two new horses.  We had to put down my little 14-year-old Obie and my 19-year-old Lucy kitty this year.  I have a new puppy, Hannah.  We were adopted by an outdoor barn kitty, Sammie.

They gave me two years after the Whipple.  That's the average.  3% make it more than 5 years.  I just remember we were so blindsided.  I was so sick.  It took a couple of years to recover.  Though recovered is a relative term.

I am happy with my life.  I am proud of the men my boys have become.  My Alex is getting married this coming summer to a girl he has know his whole life.  I am still weaving and creating and riding and playing.  My Hannah is a wonderful companion during the day and gets me out for a walk every day as well.

So.  Here's to 6 more...or 66 more!  I'll take what I can get!

Meanwhile I did a couple of samples for a baby blanket...My idea is to have big blocks about 5 inches each...9 of them and weave them square with the same colors.  These blocks are 1 1/4 inches but I thought it would give my customer an idea of what it will be like.  And now that I have taken these two off the loom I am thinking these make good doll blankets!

Plus that was fun!  Meanwhile I am finishing up a couple of scarves...maybe tomorrow I can photograph!  I truly love the new year!


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year...

I love the whole New Year thing.  Love starting over.  Love letting go of old stuff.  Making resolutions even when I know I won't keep them.  I love thinking that I might.  I might be nicer, might lose 10 pounds, might lift weights, might write letters, might, might...so many possibilities.  New beginnings.

Right now I am looking out at snow falling.  It is not too cold and so beautiful.  My Alex is still here on vacation and took Hannah out to play earlier.  Noah and Sofia were here for Christmas and her step dad came up in his plane (!) and flew them back to NYC.  I never did bake cookies...see?  Starting on that 10 pounds already!  The gifts given to me were beautiful and thoughtful.  I am ready to begin the new year.

Some highlights from Christmas...
 My 3 1/2 yo granddaughter, Ava at her recital in HI
Photograph taken by her father,
my son Adam, printed on metal!
(http://www.adamserra.com/) (shameless plug)

 The Tree!

 Yes...still do stockings!

I know...blurry...but here are two of my three guys,
Alex and Noah
and Sofia.

So.  January 2016.  It has been six years since my diagnosis and first surgery.  6 years.  I am grateful.  I am healthy.  I love my family and friends.  For those of you who read this blog, thank you.  

Let the New Year begin!  I'm ready!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last Commission of the Year!

Well...I'm done.  18 potholders for a local customer.
And she wanted them for just after Christmas.
And she told me this two weeks before Christmas.
And they take about an hour to do.
OK.  Good thing I love making
potholders!  Actually it is kind of
relaxing to work at the counter
while visiting with someone and
having coffee.
So.  No more commissions
and I have scarf designs in my
head waiting.  


My Noah is home with Sofia for Christmas
and today Alex is driving home as
well.  We are having good friends
over for Christmas dinner.
I think I am finished shopping.
Just some pies to bake and the
kids have been making cookies.  Oh
did I mention that I am not eating
sweets?  Yeah.  Great timing.  So far
I have resisted.  I am fighting my primary
about statins so I am determined to
loose a few and regain control.
Don't we all love control?!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Rainbow Scarf...

Well...I look around and there is stuff everywhere, a tree that is not decorated, wrapping paper on the counter, no cookies anywhere, presents, cones of threads left over from weaving towels and  we have had weeks of dark weather, rain, warmth, no snow....So I decided to pick up the living room because all the mess was leaving me very uninspired and this is what came out of it!

A rainbow warp!  Makes me very happy!  I might get time to actually dress the loom but even if I don't I love looking at this.

 Enough warp for 2 scarves

 About 10.5 inches wide

 After weaving and washing it will probably be 9 inches

 Round and round bringing sunshine into my life!

May your holidays be joyful and full of light!