Jan 25, 2012

Creepy...very creepy

I am on Weavolution. It is a weaving forum like any other social online site except that people exchange weaving ideas, projects etc. That's "weaving", or so I thought. Apparently there is someone on the site who is confused as to what the purpose of the forum is and thinks it's a dating site. I got a rather strange email from a woman (yes, I said woman...not that there's anything wrong with that, lol!) who believes she and I can "make it together" ... her words. You can't get into her profile, you have to be authorized, which is strange for that site because everyone is there to share ideas and such. I saw that they were having problems with the spam settings so I sent them an email to let them know. Weird.

I was off for a week, so I had the chance to finish my mom's rug. I threw orange in the top and bottom and now I'm not sure I'm happy with those color decisions, but it is what it is. I was in Amish country when I was getting the idea for this design, so thus the purples and oranges, etc. I learned from this rug that the Stitch Nation Full o' Sheep yarn, though lovely and easy to dye, is too lofty for a rug. It just didn't beat down tight enough, and I gave it a major beat down. I'll post a pic when it's hemmed and wet finished. Still plenty of warp on the loom so I'm thinking of a krokbragd table runner. I have a nice 3 ply wool yarn that I got from the Mannings. That should work well.

Spinning is coming along better. I'm now using the short draw method because I feel like I have a tendency to overspin. Short draw seems to work better for me. Plus I was thinking short draw would work better on the churro fleece I ordered from the Woolery. And of course spinning just wouldn't be the same without cats laying about.

Say good bye Mr. Squirrel!

Jan 2, 2012

The fun ends tomorrow...

... and I go back to work. What a drag. Oh well, I haven't won lotto yet, so what ya gonna do?

But on the plus side, I've been dyeing wool all morning. What fun! I love dyeing. Love to see the way the colors come out. Love the way the wool sucks up all the dye. Love the process of measuring and stirring. It's like being a mad scientist bwa ha ha ha!!!!

I use a tutorial I found on the web from Wind Rose Fiber Studio. These colors are Jacquard Acid dye, Chestnut and Burnt Orange. They kind of look like pig's intestines hanging there... not like I festoon my backyard with pig innerds or anything.

The spinning is coming along better. This is still the second bobbin. I still need to learn about little things like too much twist or how to advance the yarn while spinning on the bobbin ... stuff like that. I didn't have to worry about that with the drop spindle.

Pulled the old sewing machine out yesterday to hem pants. Why do all pants seem to be made for women whose legs start at their necks? Anyway, I'm starting on the COE (I must be mad) and one of the instructions for the final judging is not to use any machine sewing in your work. Everything has to be hand sewn. Well, there's no danger of that with me because I hate sewing machines! And they hate me. It took so long to hem 3 pairs of pants, it's dumb. The thread kept breaking or the stitches seized up or this or that....aaaaarrrrrgggghhhh! How is it that I can dress an 8 harness loom, but just seeing a sewing machine makes me want to curl up in a fetal position under my loom bench?! I feel like such a shlemiel.