Friday, October 26, 2012

October Bliss Scarf...

My latest...browns, pumpkin, purples, pinks, blues and greens.  Did I leave anything out?  Sorta like walking in the woods on a blazing autumn day, leaves swirling, orange and crunchy...  My favorite time of year.  But now that I look at the pictures I realize that the blues are a little too fact there really isn't very much blue in the scarf.  Oh well, I have dye in my eyes and I'll rephotograph for Etsy tomorrow.

Rich and deep and mysterious, this scarf might go with everything.  First one is done.  Two more to weave when my eyes feel better. much for heat.

And everyone is getting washcloths for Christmas.  I'm on a roll. And I'm ready to mail the baby blankets.  Pink one is finished, hemmed, and labeled. 

So even with Bells Palsy, I'm getting some stuff done.  Acupuncture went well and she thinks three more sessions should help.  Saw the eye doc today and no damage to the eye and he thinks I can leave the eye patch off longer and use more drops.  So I'm not as one sided this afternoon. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bell's Palsy

OK before I get into that I wanted to post something prettier.  My latest warp which has been sitting on my warping mill for a few days.  I took off the girl baby blanket but haven't photographed them yet. 

And a triangle scarf...
Believe it or not the gray is actually a pale, lovely green but my camera doesn't like that color and I haven't figured out how to fix it.  The green is an organic cotton, very soft, and the variegated blue/green is a soft wool acrylic blend.  The purple is a variegated cotton.  All in all it came out yummy, soft, squishy and warm!

 Oh and here is the horror that is my face...Two days ago I woke up and couldn't close my right eye all the way.  Couldn't spit out my toothpaste.  Looked in the mirror and I looked like I was having a stroke.  The right side of my face was collapsed.  So I didn't want to go to the ER and told Gary to call my nurse practitioner to see if she had time for us.  She told us to go to the ER.  of course.  I hate the ER.  Anyway, they figured out pretty quickly that I had Bell's Palsy, not a stroke.  So while that is good news I am GOING NUTS WITH THIS!!!  I have to keep a patch over my eye because it won't close and keeps trying to open.  Drops on and off all day to keep it from getting too dry.  An anti-viral med, prednisone, ointment at night.  bleh.  Meanwhile, I can't ride because I feel very unbalanced (Did I mention that my horse is blind in one eye???!!)  I can't thread my looms which are empty (though I might try that later, again).  I can't read very well.  TV is hard because I have to look straight ahead and that damn eye opens under all the gauze and I have to take the bandage off, close it manually, and retape.  I have been able to knit some because it involves looking down which helps.  And maybe I'll get faster at it with all the practice.  And did I mention that everyone on my list is getting knitted cotton washcloths for Christmas?? But I am beyond frustrated.  Prognosis is from 10 days to 6 months.  Or maybe a year.  Oh and some people have it forever.  WHAT!!!???  I know I was a wild child in my youth but I thought I had paid back that karma.  So, I'm trying to be patient...ignoring the drooling.  Gary gave me a straw for my wine last night.

Me, trying to smile...
So I thought I would leave you with something nicer to look at!  My Dommie...perfectly happy not being ridden.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Baby Blanket II

Baby boy blankets are done and girl baby blankets are started.  I love designing on the warping mill...watching the warp change as I add colors.  My meditation.

Winding the warp onto the loom...


Boy blanket hemmed, washed, ironed and ready to go!

Two more blankets to weave then I will cut them apart, hem them, wash and iron them and mail them to the expectant parents!  And I will have one blue blanket and two pink blankets extra! 
I am recovering from an amazing weekend...need sleep

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Baby Blankets

I'm taking a break from my nephew and his wife are having twins...a girl and a boy, so I decided to branch out and make baby blankets.  I have finished the blue one already and started on the pink one but I can't find the cable to my camera to take the pictures off so this is what you get, the unfinished photos.  And I was taking pictures on my camera without the card so there they sit.  I have looked everywhere.  Lately there have been a lot of these little, tiny annoyances that totally frustrate me!  Really do I look like I have an extra two hours to hunt for a cable??!  No I didn't think so.  sigh.
Winding the warp onto my 8-harness Macomber

View still from the back of the threading

View from the front...still threading

Sleying the warp through the reed

Weaving!  YAY!

Big lace weave blocks surrounded by plain weave blocks
I only wove two blankets because I wanted to get to the pink ones before the babies were born.  But I put on enough warp for three pink blankets and I have already woven the first one.  I am not going to cut it off until I finish all of them because it would waste too much warp tying it on. 

It's already 8 o'clock and I have to watch the debates tonight but for the last two nights I have been watching "Half the Sky" on PBS.  I couldn't sleep after the first segment.  Totally disheartening, discouraging, dismaying...Those women were so strong and so amazing but no one should have to live that kind of life.  I am still processing the documentary.

Sending love out to all the women in the world tonight!  Wish they were all safe!