Friday, November 21, 2008

First Snowfall of the Season

Last night it snowed! It's cold enough that it stayed on the ground! The whole airfield at Smith Reynolds was white.

Ski resorts are starting to open for the season!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tinkerbelle & Daisy

Daisy, the brave guardian dog is no match for mighty little Tinkerbelle. Daisy spends a lot of nap time stretched out on the back porch by the back door. Tink knows that Daisy is a big warm fuzzy and keeps trying to climb up on top of her and settle down for a snooze.
Daisy just can't seem to hold still long enough for her to get settled in, so it's a constant wiggle ballet. Eventually Tinkerbelle will go find her own spot, but if Daisy decides to get up to go investigate something, Tink is her little tagalong. So until Tink grows up, she'll be Daisy's little nosy assistant.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Loom Work

Today I got a little further on my latest project. I have gotten the loom warp threads strung, and am ready to start adding the weft. For those of you non-weavers out there, the warp threads run longitudinal, while weft runs selvage to selvage. This is probably going to be one of my last projects with acrylic yarns. I've stuck with them up to now, using up stuff I have, practicing my skills. I am looking forward to working with wools, and trying patterns and felting.

Here is my looming spot, looking out the front window.
Partially knotted. You can see that I have not filled the entire headle, this piece will be narrower than the last. There is also no pattern to this piece, I thought it might be interesting to do something a little more abstract. These are all my favorite colors. Cranberry, hunter green, navy blue, celadon -- should come out really pretty.
I got to this point and the cat could no longer contain herself. All those lovely yarns hanging down, begging to be played with. I had to lock her up for half an hour, during which she was pretty vocal. You can see below where I have a pattern stick wedged in the shed. This is a rigid headle loom, and the headle is also used as a beater.

Now I am ready to load and throw my shuttle.