Sunday, March 11, 2012

Progress

Lettuce keeps growing
Remember the lettuce mix I started a few blogs ago?  Well here it is growing slowly but surely into a salad.  The weather is really gorgeous outside--capris weather--so as soon as I'm done blogging, I'll be outside clearing out a space to plant spinach.  Spinach is a cool weather crop and I'm hoping to get a nice harvest.

Placemat #3
And weaving as been moving along.  A third placemat is only 5 inches of weaving from being finished.  I'm well on schedule to having these done by the end of the month.  this is a good thing and makes me quite happy.  I love watching the fabric wind on to the back beam.  By next week, I hope to show you and even thicker wrap.


Flab to fluff challenge:  Is going slowly, but 8 pounds isn't shabby so I'm happy.  It's better than going the other way.  Yeah!

It's nice outside, so that's were I'm going.  Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Warped

Handspun bamboo weft with linen/cotton warp.
Nothing quite beats the feeling of having several yards of warp safely wound onto the loom and the first few inches of weaving done, proving no mistakes were made in the threading.  My challenge now is to keep track of the "M" and "W" pattern I'm using.  This is part of my spring weaving experience.  I plan to have yards of placemats woven around the end of the month, as well as warping the table loom for some nice towels.

The shuttle filled with golden bamboo was purchased on E-Bay. It's made by LeClerc and very sturdy.  I like that.  I considered using boat shuttles, but decided these were made for handspun yarns such as the golden bamboo shown.  I would write more, but I want to get back to the loom.


Flab to Fluff Challenge:  I ran straight for the loom when I woke up this morning and forgot the scale. I should be doing okay considering I've been keeping up with the workouts and my hands have been busy productively making things as opposed to eating.  Weaving is a bit of a workout too, but I doubt an exercise specialist would agree.  I just get the Yarn Barn's latest "mill end" flier and there are a couple of things I'd like, so maybe I should do some jumping jacks between each "M" and "W" set. I've decided not to let myself buy anything until I've hit the 15 pound off mark. That will be a big order!