Thursday, May 22, 2008

It's Here!

When I came home for my lunch break today, I saw several large boxes on my front porch and shouted for joy. I had been expecting my new Louet to arrive any time, and there it was. Can a 36" loom and its accessories really fit in these three boxes?We shall see... :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lymon Warp

Remember when Sprite ads always used the word "lymon"? I kept thinking of that as I wound this warp of fun, bright colors that I wouldn't generally think of using for myself. That's why it's such a blast to weave for other people.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

What I've been up to...

I've been quite busy weaving lately but can't post any photos. I just finished a scarf that I will be using as an example in our guild's program on straight draw in June. It was really simple, and I'm quite pleased with it. I have a scarf on the table loom right now for the same program. I'll post photos of them both when the program is over.

Right now, I'm working on designing some kitchen towels for a wedding gift. I picked out the yarn for the towels several months ago, but only recently decided on a weave structure. I was inspired by the last Handwoven to use a mix of colors in woven lace. I'm using Donna Muller's book Handwoven Laces to help design the fabric. This is such a great book. It is clearly written and makes designing lace drafts so easy. I also love Muller's style of writing, which is simple and clever. She seems to enjoy using irony and plays-on-words when the opportunities arise, which is more often than one might think with this topic.

I'm very excited to note that I'm making an addition to my loom collection. I will be getting a new-to-me Louet Spring within the next couple of weeks. I've been drooling over the Spring for some time and had the opportunity to get one at a good price. The Louets are engineered so well, and I'm really looking forward to weaving on this one. I did notice a rather disturbing trend; I've bought a loom each year that I've been weaving. I think the engineer in me has gone a little crazy collecting tools. But this will be the last loom for a while.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Spring Harvest

I've never been mushroom hunting before. I never really thought about going mushroom hunting, and I certainly didn't expect to today. But as I was walking along the edge of my yard, I noticed a big morel underneath the crabapple tree. I looked closer and saw another and another...
I wandered back through the woods a little to look for more but didn't find anything beyond the crabapple tree. That's okay because what I found will be plenty for me. I am pretty happy with this spring-time gift from God!