Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Three Pie Month

This is a silly post about pie.
For Christmas, my lovely mother-in-law gave me an ALL PIE cookbook. Now, I'm a pie fan, so that's a pretty cool thing to own. And for the past month I have been baking pies!First was this amazing strawberry and sour cream pie with a graham cracker crust. It was supposed to be a blackberry and sour cream pie, but upon opening my mother's freezer, we discovered that she had no more frozen blackberries from our summer adventures. But she did have frozen strawberries!
This one is my pride and joy. It's a banoffee pie. That's the best crust from scratch I've ever achieved, a layer of home-made butter brickle, a layer of raw banana slices, delicious Boston cream, and a generous portion of whipped cream. Yay!
And the one we are currently working our way through is this lovely chocolate walnut pie. This one bears resemblence to something my mom used to make called "Kentucky Derby Pie." But this one is a little less sweet because it uses unsweetened chocolate rather than chocolate chips. It's basically a pecan pie, but with chocolate and walnuts.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Starting the Tapestry

In very small increments, I've been starting a tapestry. Above you can see some of the many string heddles I had to make to lift the warp.
Here they are attached to the warp bars, which I guess could also be called the shafts of this simple loom.
And finally, here's the weaving so far. I'm going with a very simple design just to re-teach myself what I'm doing. I think I need some little tapestry tools to keep track of all those warp ends. Is wrapping them around cardboard trashy?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tapestry Warping

Yesterday I spent a decent amount of time sitting on the floor of my "loom room" alternately untangling a mass of yarn and learning to warp my new tapestry loom.

A few years back, I went through a phase of buying stashes of yarn from strangers on craigslist. At the time I was unemployed and thought very little about the problems associated with driving to the home of a stranger and combing though her garage/attic/basement for cheap yarn. This crazy knot is the result of such a trip. I have no idea what it is made of (linen? straw?), but I have a ton of it in a lump on the floor of my closet. I figure that it should function well as the invisible yet sturdy warp for a few tapestries.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 Begins

I've been having some success with my newest project, a rep weave table runner. I'm thinking that it will look different once it is no longer stretched on the loom.
I did experience some distractions in the last half of December. Including a trip to visit my amazing new niece:And a visit from one of my favorite people, the Great Lucy B:
But now that life is back to normal, I need to concentrate, because I recieved some awesome Christmas presents. Including a beautiful loom bench (given by my parents and assembled by my lovely and patient Gus):
And a tapestry loom from Gus!!!
I am very excited about the tapestry loom because I really enjoy weaving tapestry and have lots of great ideas for tapestries to weave. But I haven't done it since college because I know that it takes a lot of time and I don't want to clog up my loom with a tapestry that will take me a year to finish. But now I have this lovely thing that frees up my floor loom for regular projects while I take as long as I want on my tapestries. Yay!