Progress?

After a more than few hours of wrestling with logic, wool and loom, I managed to achieve something akin to warping. Today I spent time rearranging the mis-threaded strands in the reed and heddles and making sure that the tension front to back seemed relatively even. That sounds like I know something, doesn’t it? Please…

Snared

I usually don’t escape from the Seconds Sale unscathed. Habitually, I wind up carting home arcane things like Ukrainian egg decorating kits (which we used), bags of wool-that-should-be-a-sweater (but still isn’t), a paper-making kit (again, we used this) and a myriad of other widgets and gadgets (and sheep, of course). It seemed inevitable that some…

Joy comes in all sizes

In our house, new socks signify joy, especially new socks made from hand-dyed and hand-spun wool. When you make clothing for your child, you become acutely aware of how they grow. Socks are a particularly good barometer for growth because foot size changes so gradually (by comparison with height, for instance). You can knit along…

Like a cat in a drumcarder….

I’ve had the drumcarder whirling pretty consistently over the past few days. I’m churning through a fleece quite quickly, alternately carding up batches and spinning them. I would card them all at once and them switch completely over to spinning-only for a few days, but experience has taught me two important lessons about this work….

“And I say way-hey-hey, it’s just an ordinary day…

…and it’s all your state of mind.” – “Ordinary Day” by Great Big Sea It’s Tuesday. I’ve always liked Tuesdays. They haven’t the lethargy-franticness dichotomy of Mondays, but aren’t yet to the exhausted anticipation that typifies a Friday. Tuesdays are a day for getting things done. Today I am plying and then carding some more….