Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm an Aunt!

Whoa, July?

July really flew by! My last day at my job is August 8th, so I have been absolutely consumed by work. But my successor is starting today, so I am getting close to free time!!

In addition to letting work run my life, I haven't been spending any time at home on my days off!
A couple weeks ago we had the very awesome 2nd Annual Vineyard Campout, which is a gathering to which all the people I love are invited to sleep on my parent's Vineyard:

Check out that view! And that fire!
Beth is a small person, but surprisingly capable at swinging an axe!

And then this past weekend, Gus and I decided to camp at the Coast - because it has been far too hot to sleep in the city of Portland!

In addition to all of those adventures, my brother and sister-in-law are expecting a baby any moment now! Luckily, my brother is the kind of nerd who would "tweet" the entire event, so I am following every detail on the edge on my seat. I'm going to have a niece!

Despite the fact that it is unbearably hot in my weaving room, I did spend most of yesterday morning making some progress. I would say that it is all warped on, but after doing a tiny bit of sampling I've decided that my epi is way off (ends per inch), I'm going to attempt to bring the ends back through the reed and make the entire thing more dense - moving from 20 epi to 30 epi. Of course, it will end up being thinner, so then I might add another block or two to the pattern. Here is the current state of the table runner:
Oh and Gus has a job interview on Friday morning! Send good thoughts and feelings his way!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pie and Warp

Today has been a grey Sunday. A perfect day for sleeping in, baking pie, and finally winding that warp! Abby - if you don't want to see pictures of your runner, do not scroll down. In fact, don't read this blog for a while.
Check out that beautiful pie!
This warp took me forever! It is the most compliected warp I have ever attempted. It is for a rep weave table runner that I hope will turn out as nice as it is in my head. It looks like a mess on the warping board, but it *should* sort itself out into nice clean blocks on the loom.
Wish me luck with the rep weave, this is my first attempt.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Now, to hem

Yay for 4 and 1/2 yards of fabric
I'll be spending my day cutting and hemming!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Extra Warp

Here is what I did with the extra warp, after I'd finished the napkins and run out of yellow.
And this is my super high-tech "temple." It's a paper clip tied to a weight that is hanging off the front beam. It's been helping me get better with my selvedges. It's weird, I think it is helping a lot on the right side, but it is making my left sides worse. Hmm.
And look how close to the heddles this new warping method allowed me to get. Goodbye wasted warp!
In conclusion, here is a picture of my friend Cailin driving my Dad's tractor. I have pictures in which she is making far better faces, but I thought she might be disappointed in me if I put them on the internet.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Napkin 3

I am not having a productive weaving week. But I have been doing a lot of planning for the next project!