Monday, October 24, 2005

Too Pooped

to even start threading the loom, but I wanted to pass on Kathy's thoughts about designing a tapestry. I've always wanted to try my hand at tapestry but somehow it keeps getting backburnered. It would be a good project for that Coopworth.

A glass of wine, a little knitting, and Lost sounds like a good end to the day.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Disco Fever

You didn't really think I bought that yarn, did you? Apparently someone thought I wanted to revisit the 70's. It came with an invitation to "Get Down with Bernat Disco" and three lovely patterns for a scarf, a bag, and a crocheted wrap. Since I didn't finish the Go Eagles socks and homecoming week starts tomorrow I can just wrap that around me for the pep rally!

The second chapter is finished and I've begun work on the third chapter. It's going pretty well, except for those little distractions that have found their way into the thesis room.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Now You Might Think

I've been typing away without any fiber fix at all. Ha! I bought this gorgeous 4.5 lb. Shetland in September.

Today I came home to this lovely white Shetland lamb fleece, just over 3 pounds.

I finally finished winding the towel warp and presleyed the reed earlier this week. Since the weather is not going to be conducive for fleece washing this weekend I should be able to get it beamed and threaded.

Now for the big question, what am I going to do with this?

It looks like a space ship ran into Mae West! Mary Maxim must think this is going to drum up sales. I didn't realize they were still in business. My aunt used to buy these wild intarsia golf sweater patterns from them.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I Must Be Doing Something Right

No school today so I spent the morning working on the thesis. Then I took a drive to the local weaving store and you'll never believe it ... there was a little cone (just over a pound) of Winter White, the same dye lot. We estimated I've got 3400 yards, more than enough to finish the warp. Houston, we've got a warp!

After a stop at the gym I celebrated the find by having a Cinnamon Spice Latte. Despite the dreary drizzle the temperatures are still not saying autumn, but the spicy latte sure does.

I tried out the Life Expectancy Calculator last weekend. It's pretty cool because it explains why you received a score and what you can do to increase your life expectancy. According to that I'm living to 88, but my personal goal is 105 so off to the gym I go. I've made it three days this week - let's hope I can keep it going this time. The other thing I'm supposed to do is get more sleep. That'll be harder than the gym since I've always considered sleep to be a waste of time.

added 06:00 10/14/05: I don't know what's up with the comments. I'll have to check it out after school.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Here I Thought

I'd at least be able to say I had the warp wound. I ran downstairs everytime I had a free minute. A few turns at a time. This evening I ran down while the oven preheated and BAM! the cone was finished. I have 382 ends out of the 512 I need. I thought I had enough, but now I remember I upped the length of the warp. It's an off white 8/2 mill end. I guess I could get something close and then divide it evenly throughout. No other choice, since 19" in the reed is too narrow for towels.

I moved my Joy up to the Thesis Room and have been sneaking in a couple of treadles here and there. You can take the woman away from the fiber, but you can't keep the fiber away from the woman!

Chapter one submitted four days ahead of schedule. Chapter two is coming along but is not going to be finished before this weekend. Of course that means Rhinebeck is a no go. (sob)

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Spinning for Speed

For a great tutorial on spinning for speed see Carolyn's blog. I've watched her do this in person and it is amazing. I was able to get this, but haven't done it in a while so I'm hoping the bicycle analogy is right. She's right about the relaxed thing. Have a drink first!

No, I'm not even finished winding the warp, but just knowing it's down there waiting makes me feel so much better. The empty loom was just depressing.

I'm listening to The Constant Gardener on my iPod. I've never read a le Carre book before and the story is intriguing. The problem is that I only have time to listen before going to sleep and I'm so tired I'm gone before I remember to turn it off.

Back to the grind. Saturday's are for writing. Let's hope it's not as disjointed as this blog entry.