Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sunrise Towels

Before surgery I finished weaving my Sunrise towels.  So the other day I took them off the loom and cut them apart, hemmed them, and washed and ironed them.  

Half the warp for the Sunrise towels on the warping mill

Woven towels wrapped around the cloth beam

Woven towels fresh off the loom

All done and ready for Etsy!

Photographed for Etsy

This is one of the Rainbow towels which
became gifts for Christmas...I kept two!
I have chosen the next colors for towels but haven't had the energy to actually make the warp.  Plus I only have a couple of days to do my NY sales tax.  And I haven't even found the form!  Maybe today...


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Post Surgery

OK...diagnosed lung cancer but the surgeon is sure she got everything out.  The tumor was small and she took out the entire upper right lobe with robotic assisted surgery. 5 stab wounds right side and back. All lymph nodes tested negative as well.  Now to recover.  Breathing is a little affected but what is worse is nerve pain.  However they are giving me plenty of pain medication round the clock.  I even have to set my phone alarm to take meds in the night.  I'll be glad when I am healed.

Meanwhile I am still loading photos from before surgery!

Winding the warp on for towels

Threading the heddles


Off the loom but before cutting and hemming
and washing and ironing and tagging!

Sofia modeling an clasped weft weave overblouse

Back of overblouse
That's it...time for a nap and more pills...Can't wait to get back to "normal" and have some energy!
Happy Saturday!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stool Painting

Took a fun painting class with my riding instructor, Nancey, and her daughter, Emma...Took us two days and gallons (kidding) of paint over in Nancey's studio.  Taught by another dear friend, Melanie of Cat House Designs.  We stenciled a butterfly, drew squiggly lines, and used up all her paint. 
 Emma, me, Nancey

 My stool

 Melanie's stool

 Nancey's stool

 Far right is Emma's stool

Had an old stool from Ames (which has been out of business for years)...ugly, pale stool.  Sprayed it black and had a ball!  Livens up my kitchen especially with a big plant on top.

Just beginning to snow today.  Great day to weave!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Rainbow Christmas Gift Towels

I finally made Christmas gifts for friends and family plus two for me!
Pulling cotton threads for towels

Winding the warp
Winding the warp onto the loom
using a raddle and lease sticks
threading the heddles so that the threads
make a pattern

Reed is sleyed and tied on
ready to weave
Weaving the towels
I didn't take any photos of the stack of 13 towels but
tomorrow I will take a photo of my two...
the rest are given away.

Working on Sunshine towels right now.
Hopefully I will be done with them
this weekend!

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Monday, February 6, 2017

I Know...It has been a long time...

Victoria and Alex - July 10, 2016
Ava - Flower Girl
Last May I had an aortic valve replacement.  And breathing complications with fluid filling the pleural cavity.  And an allergic reaction to one of the medications given in the hospital.  And several hospital stays, etc. Finally, my lovely pulmonologist gave me steroids to help my appetite and energy levels. My middle son, Alex, married his Victoria in July. Adam, Alicia and Ava came to the farm a week before the wedding. Some of my siblings and I had rented a camp on Saranac Lake for after the wedding and I was able to enjoy all of it! And I made the flower girls fairy crowns out of wire and nail polish.
Faith, Cait, Paul, Meg
 Went to cardio rehab all fall finishing up near Christmas but in January they found that a spot on my lung is growing and February 16 I am back down to Memorial Sloan Kettering for surgery to remove it.  Hospital stay is approximately 5 days and I have no idea how this recovery is going to play out.

Meanwhile, I had been starting to weave some.  Wove some towels for gifts...another 13 towels for a customer...a rainbow scarf...
Rainbow Towels
Towels in Green
Blue Plaid towels
Infinity Wrap
Rainbow Scarf
 So life goes on...Hopefully after this next surgery the year will be a productive one for me!  Meanwhile, Hannah is keeping me good company and we walk everyday with a friend and her corgi...

And yes...I went to Washington for the
Women's March

Magic keeping warm with

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer Sorbet Triangle Scarf

Well...I finally finished something...I have most of my looms threaded and stuff started but fatigue has taken a toll this winter.  Mostly I stayed in the kitchen, kept the cookstove going and worked on the fairy houses.  It was too cold in the living room to weave as well.  

Measuring and cutting threads for triangle weaving.


3/4 of the way woven! to take it off the loom and
photograph it!  

Happy Weekend Everyone

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Continuing Update

Well...the catheter went fine.  I don't remember a thing.  Feeling very groggy for a day and quiet as well.  Not much appetite.  That was Monday.  Tuesday night I got the shakes woke Gary around 10:30 and we decided to go to the ER.  By the time I got there the heater in the car had stopped the shaking but I was nauseous.  So turns out I had a fever.  Also turns out that when two middle aged old people don't have their glasses on reading a thermometer is purely guesswork.  Heart enzymes elevated, white blood count normal.  Eventually (like at 5am) they decided that I did not have a heart attack, did not have an infection (though they are growing cultures still), but instead had a reaction to the invasion.  Makes sense but was something we were not prepared for.  So slept all day yesterday as well as a good night sleep last night.  I feel good.  All my arteries are good.  Just the valve is bad...soooo off to talk to a surgeon next week in Burlington, VT, though I don't think that is where we will go for surgery.  We'll see.


Here is a boring video of Magic and Hannah...Magic keeps her in line because she has very sharp claws that Hannah respects.

Thank you all for your caring.