Sunday, June 27, 2004

Sleying Away

I moved the loom into the corner next to the patio doors. I had originally though I'd like looking straight out the window, but I ended up closing the curtains in the morning due to the intense sun. Now I can look up and see the garden between the two decks and the birds feeding. I've got to get the birdbath/fountain set up again. It's so much fun watching them play in the water. Unfortunately I've ignoried the big bed in the back and am now paying for it (especially my lower back), by trying to unearth beauties like this daylily - Little Business. The weeds are taller than some of the flowers and it's slow going now that the perennials have grown so much. I'd like to say I'll be more preemptive next year, but don't hold your breath.

I had to stop sleying about 12:30 last night, not making my self-imposed deadline. My brain just wasn't cooperating and I found myself making too many errors. Friday night as I sat playing with colors, setts, and patterns, I realized how much I like this process. As Carolyn detailed, it involves quite a lot of planning. I like to do this with my trusty calculator and mechanical pencil, but I also run the figures through a little calc file I have just to give me another chance to catch any errors before I start winding.

Despite this planning, I discovered last night that in an effort to get as wide a blanket as I can on this 40" loom I don't have a symmetrical layout. I almost stopped, but I really don't think it will affect the look. Plus, I can't add 40 ends and to take out 48 ends will reduce the width by about 2.5".

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