Well, this has been a very interesting couple of seasons for me. In May I was rushed to hospital for pancreatitis (pancreas swells and eats itself, non-medical definition) and it was a looong four days of pain and inactivity. I missed the last monthly meeting of the Seattle Weavers Guild (SWG) and the Sheep to Shawl activity at the Fair due to healing. Healing was a long process, 7 weeks before I felt “normal” again. I began knitting once I had the strength to do anything and let my weaving projects sit. I have become obsessed with knitting!
Summer came and went with the healing process, trying to walk again, and trying to figure out what to eat now that I had become, officially, a diabetic. I knitted on and it kept me focused on healing and on crafts.
Finally in September I measured out a warp for a “Fall Runner” for my dining room table. It is sleyed, but sitting, waiting for me to finish the process. Since I used to be a “full-speed ahead” kind of girl, I have slowed down to a “stay in the moment” kind of girl and this has been good for me. Although, this knitting has taken over my life!
Here is what I have finished since I started feeling better:
So, I still weave, but obviously knitting has taken over my life!!
Today is Monday, my usual day for “domestic duties.” Aha! I have finished my duties, because I live in a small apartment this is easy! So, now, I contemplate: Knit? Weave? Finish making that little book? Write? Spin? Ahh, so many crafts to craft, what is a girl to do?
Write! So, here I am writing. I am actually settling into a good routine of crafting, doing my knitting in spare moments, weaving when my husband is working on his book, spinning when I need some meditative time and making my books whenever the mood hits. Hmmm, sure doesn’t sound like the anal person that I have been in the past. I guess my mantra of “live in the moment” is finally sinking in.
Unfortunately, my “no more volunteering” has not sunk in. I have volunteered to help at the Pullayup Fair in September and the Seattle Weavers Guild October Sale, with whatever they want me to do. I will also volunteer for the Vashon Island Sheepdog Trials for the Fiber area, probably spinning, but maybe weaving too, in June. I also signed up for the Hospitality Table at the Seattle Weavers Guild. Oh, and I usher at church too. My goodness, I have gotten involved!
Next week is the Puget Sound LYS Tour = Local Yarn Store Tour!!!! I can hardly wait to go. The Tour is from Lynden, WA all the way down to Kent, WA and features 26 yarn stores. Each store will be open from 10am until 8pm with special knit/crochet patterns made for the Tour attendees, a button for your yarn bag and discounts on yarn. There are also prizes for those that get their passport stamped at each store. It goes from Wednesday May 17 through Sunday May 21. I am driving a car load of ladies on Wednesday and we are going to have a blast. Another group of us will hit the road in a different direction on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Here is the info: lystour.com. If you have never done this, it is truly a blast! It is fun to see the different types of yarn, that each store carries; to meet the owners of the different stores; to get free patterns and the excitement of vying for a prize! So many yarn stores, so little time!
Well, I have written so now is the time to finish my little book. 😎
I am officially a Seattle Weavers Guild Member! Yeah! I was received into membership today at the meeting. We had a great speaker, Barbara Herbster, who spoke about Supplemental Warp. It was a good presentation, with explanations and visuals! Gotta love her weaving. I wasn’t able to stay for the afternoon program on Leno Weaving, but ate my lunch there and added my name to the Hospitality group.
The sun is shining today and the brillant colors of the flowers and trees in bud is amazing. I truly love Spring, but Spring in the PNW is very special. The pine trees outside my window are waving their branches about in the wind, but they are shining from all the rain we have had.
So, my bookbinding continues, slowly. I usually do things at warp speed (pun intended), but lately have to chant to myself, “slow cloth, slow cloth” to get myself to slow down and do things correctly!! Bookbinding is fun, creative and precise. I am not all that precise, so learning how to be precise and slower has been a challenge, but one that I am up to.
I am off to finish my tapestry, mohair shawl that I have been neglecting for knitting (a sweater and headbands of stranded knitting), and bookbinding.
Have a wonderful Spring Day!
I have been weaving and knitting for the last year since we have moved here. I suppose it is “Show and Tell” time for me too.
3 Handmade Books
Gracie’s Knitted and Felted Cat House
tapestry woven scarf beginning
Seahawk hat and mittens for my new grandson
Yesterday, 23 Feb 2017, I had the privilege of going to a Seattle Weavers Guild meeting in Seattle. Wow! I was wowed by the amount of people attending; by the beautifully woven garments worn by attendees; the “Hot of the Loom” show and tell on display and discussed; the friendly people I met and the program. The Speaker was Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles and she was very, very good. She dyes her warps and weaves the most colorful pieces I have ever seen.
I have waited for a year to begin getting involved with different groups here in the area that I live in. I didn’t wait to find a yarn store! I go to an awesome yarn store in Edmonds, WA called, “All Wound Up”. It is run by a mother-daughter dynamic duo that aim to please and educate. It has the nicest yarn, best prices and sweetest people ever. I spend at least a couple of days a week there knitting and chatting with the friendly customers and staff, oh, and petting the yarn!
My trek to the Seattle Weavers Guild was so wonderful. I had been reading their web site and meeting individuals that are members off and on for the last year, while we got settled into our life in the PNW. So, I finally had the 4th Thursday of the month free from other appointments and drove to Seattle for the whole day. The meeting hall is huge and was filled with people and beauty and color!
I met so many wonderully nice people, especially ones that wanted to help you get going forward in your weaving. Or Spinning. I met a lot of Spinners too! Fun place.
I mailed my SWG application for Membership today and hope by March I will have an offical “nametag” and be a “real” member, not just a virtual one!
Well, we have had some lovely Spring-like days here in South Dakota. BUT, today it is COLD. So back to weaving and spinning. Currently spinning merino top and currently weaving on the Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom a BRIGHT Pink scarf.
The weather was perfect outside weather, Saturday and Sunday, so I warped my little loom and went outside to weave. I also dragged the wheel out onto the upper deck so I could spin and space.
Here is the latest weaving off the Ashford. I did it in almost all natural fibers with a few commercial dyed yarns woven randomly throughout. I am teaching a weaving class in Wyoming in June and wanted some samples of what you can do with the fiber off of your local (or your own) sheep. I live about 3 hours from Brown Sheep company so I threw in some awesome bulky spun purple just for fun. The greys are Icelandic from a local shepherd.
Next comes warping the Macomber CP-24 with cotton warp for dish towels! Excited to get to those too.
I have neglected it so badly. It was September that I wrote last. I have been too busy to write and that is not good.
Genealogy has taken a big amount of my time lately. It has been good, since I met a wonderful “new” cousin recently. We have been sharing family stories and info and calling each other to sigh and wonder about our crazy ancestors. None of us are ever perfect, but some families are weirder than others, don’t you think?
I finished writing a story about my literal insane Great, great Grandfather William C. Pike. He decided that the man who was seducing his wife, my great, great grandmother, should be shot in the back of the head and die. He spent 16 years in an Insane Asylum in Illinois. See what I mean about “crazy”!
I have also been weaving up a storm since last Septembers blog. I purchased an Ashford Rigid Heddle loom and have made some pretties on it. I love that it folds up and can be carried around. I take it to the “big weaving group” that meets in town once a month and then use it during the month so that I have a new project each month.
Getting ready for the wedding of my son and his wonderful fiance has been fun. I have been searching for the “perfect” dress, which is difficult in a small town, when you are a big girl. Plus sizes are not that common when you want a really fancy dress. Sigh, thank God for the internet and shopping online!