Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bogged Blog

Yep, it happens maybe not to all of us, but at one time or another, most of us. Now is my time when there are so many things going on and lets face it, life is much more interesting living it than writing about living it. ;-)

I promised some pics of the outdoor crew, I didn't get everyone but I got some beauties of my little red pony.

He's 20 you know and I think is looking pretty darn good.

Dandy doesn't know he's moved into the "senior" realm and I sure am not going to tell him.

Big Sal the AVL Production dobby loom left a little over a week ago. It is nice to have all that space back. Even broken down she took up a fair amount of floor space in my back room. The Murphy loom is happily out there with a prayer flag warp on him. I got it wound on and tied yesterday, even a little test weaving and four I have made two threading errors in the first two inches. I transposed the order in a portion and will have to cut the whole thing off, and rethread those couple of inches.

The new aprons have been installed on the 32" Macomber and they look great. I need to replace some rubber pads and then we are good to go. Maybe I'll get a small maiden warp wound this week. A big maybe....

The pillowcase warp is now well into the third case, a pretty sunny yellow and I'll certainly get pics

One of the triple weave blankets I made back in 2011 has been bound in linen and given away to a happy couple for their first wedding anniversary.

 Hopefully it will be used and enjoyed and worn out!

My Mother came through her third hip surgery pretty well and after a long recuperation is scheduled to come home Friday. What a long miserable summer she has had with this. Fingers crossed that other than regular PT she can go back to just enjoying life, and some shoe shopping....;-)

Sewing has been slow, a few things finished, many more cut and awaiting to become something. I have a few new patterns in the mix I'm excited about.  Here is one most recent make.

 A lovely Japanese cotton paired with some great medium weight lightly crinkled linen pants. The tunic is another modified Sewing Workshop Florence.

I have also taken the Sew House Seven Mississippi Ave dress and done some modifications to make a simple camisole.

 A staple in my wardrobe in all seasons. This one a light linen. And oh heck, how about a selfie wearing it and the crinkle linen pants.

The blouse was made last fall and is the Sewing Workshop's Liberty pattern.

I can't promise that going into the fall we'll get more regular with posts this year, but I'm sure going to try. And I do keep up with the blogs I read even if I don't always comment.

Parting shot: Oh NO! She found it again....

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Loom Downsizing

No, that does not mean that a loom has left, it means that I found a smaller version of something I love. The ergonomics of the Macomber loom and the ease of weaving on it suit me quite well. I decided to put a call out on the sales lists for the 32" size.  Now fiber folk in general are excellent enablers and within a week someone had contacted me and they were right over in Klamath Falls, a mere 40 or so miles from me!  I looked at it last Weds, haggled and paid for it and Gene picked it up yesterday in the truck. It needs a bit of work, new aprons have been ordered and two additional harness kits to turn her into a 6/8 configuration.

BTW, for anybody interested in a new Macomber I was told the factory is going great guns and they have about 40 looms ordered and in production! Wow!! And that is such good news for a small, very specific type business. It also means my harness kits will be 6-8 weeks. It's all good! I really only need the aprons and those are quickly made and shipped.

Of course we had a day of musical looms. The Murphy went out into the back studio room. The AVL should be picked up within a couple f weeks I hope.

The Gilmore Gem took up it's perch in the front guest room, with the great view and the dressers full of fibers.

 The two Macs will live in the studio proper. The harnesses have been removed for transport and will not go in until I have a chance to clean and give the wood some quality polish.

In the loom excitement a few things got made in the sewing salon. I'm pretty much into fall type sewing and eyeing my coat patterns to use some of the great wools I have curated over the last couple of years. A Merchant & Mills Top 64 got made up in two great linen/cotton fabrics.

 Love the browns and teals. I also made a very modified Grainline Scout T in some lovely Japanese double gauze.

And no, I could not resist adding in some of these silly little cheerleading bears!

This one is hiding on the back under the side seam pocket.
With a little cami or long sleeve tee this will serve for fall into winter wear easily. I so prefer light layers and a sweater. I use to love turtlenecks but for the most part now, I find them too hot and confining. I have kept a few for winter riding.

I have added just a little bit of spinning into the morning routine

while catching the first half hour of Dan Patrick.  I'll probably never be a great spinner but it makes for a fun start to my day combining the latest sports news (gossip), and fiber. ;-)

My mother made it home last Thursday and it was wonderful. But there are still some problems with the hip, it pops out and she will need a small additional appliance inserted to keep the ball tighter in the socket. The surgery happens Friday and hopefully she will be released from the hospital in a couple of days. What a slog this has been for her! There has been a silver lining, she has met a lot of new friends during her stay in the health center and that is no small blessing after having just moved into the area. Their year anniversary will be 9/18!

Fall is slipping in slowly here, the heat is leaving the days are clearer and crisper, the temps well down at night. Horses are starting to lay in their winter coats. I see the hint of curls and ripples starting.
Next post I'll have some pics of my handsome steeds.

Parting shot: I insist....
Stella and new favorite, Orange Timmy!