Saturday, November 21, 2009
I hate moving. :-) I will be so glad when it is all done!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I finally got all of my stuff moved up here October 27th, and am in the process of unpacking. Had the movers not piled boxes in front of my bookcases and shelving units, that would be easier. I'm focusing on the kitchen first, will deal with the books and art stuff later (which, of course, means any "play" time will end up after it's all done - a cruel scheme on someone's part, I'm sure).
My poor furniture has mold issues, which isn't helped by the fact that this HOUSE has mold issues - the plumbing had problems before I moved in, and the crawl space under the house flooded, and now every time you open a cabinet door you almost can't breathe because of the mildew smell. Add to that the layer of mildew all over my furniture from the theoretically climate controlled storage unit (which was over 100 degrees when I went there in August), and my allergies are not happy.
Yes, I am complaining. I'm quite certain it will all be better eventually, but right now, I am CRANKY. I just want the mold to be gone, everything to be unpacked, there to be a PLACE for everything, people to do what they SAY they are going to do, and all of these boxes to be GONE so I can just weave and be happy again.
And I WANT to find my BLENDER. I have three, and the only one I have found is the one I got for my wedding, which doesn't even work anymore and I had thought I got rid of it when I got the second one when I lived in Dallas, but apparently not because it got packed, but I can't find the replacement OR the one I bought when I was in Brenham. I need to be able to make smoothies again!
Okay. Going to go find my allergy pills and get back to unpacking again...
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Once she leaves and the owner empties the house (she was renting it fully furnished, decorated, bills paid, etc), I will be renting it on my own and moving all of my stuff up from Dallas.
So for now, I am less "moved in" than I was even when I stayed with my parents the last few months, because I have to have all my kitchen stuff but yet there is no room in the kitchen for it... and I don't want to put stuff away in furniture that will be sold off in less than a month, so everything in my room is staying in boxes. Needless to say, no embroidery or weaving has been done in about 6 weeks, between the camper and here!! I haven't done much besides play computer games and work.
I will definitely update again when I do more!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
The muzzle is a spool-knitted piece that I rolled in on itself and then couched to the face, a lot like I did the rabbit's tail, but with a wider base attached to the surface. The ears were done in a stitch which I think has several names - I have been trying to find instructions for Peruvian Single Needle Knitting, which I had in an issue of Piecework from the mid-90s (still have, technically, it's just in storage), and I think this is it, but I wouldn't swear to it. I saw an embroidered teacup on another blog which looked almost exactly like it, but the stitch had another name, but I don't remember the name. At any rate, it's basically a buttonhole stitch done over a thread up away from the fabric. The pattern in Piecework had you doing it in a circle around a felt form to make finger puppets, and then coming out from that base to form the features - I made two puppets, a maroon-bellied conure and a rosy bourke parakeet (both based on birds I had at the time). The rosy bourke didn't get completely finished.
Anyway, I'm glad I found that post and adapted it for the ears - I plan to use it for a crown on some frogs, too.
I made the limbs and tail extra-long, which Jessica liked - she can fold the arms and use the tail to wrap him around things. She now wants an entire collection of woven and knitted animals - she has another creature, a rectangular one, which is knitted, and a leash which she spool-knitted herself.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Below are details of the case. I sewed up one end and then use the tail to embroider a couple of flowers at the bottom. I liked it so much I did one at the top on the opposite side, as well, and then I added a drawstring.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tumbling block unit. The diamonds are from the Tumbling Block loom by Hazel Rose Looms. They are woven from wool - I have four more sets to piece together, then I'll fill in the edges till it's relatively rectangular, and then I'm going to felt it and use it as the binding for a journal.
After I took these pictures, I decided to go ahead and start piecing them together by hand. I stayed up way too late, since it was about - well, let's just say it was really late when I decided to do that in the first place. By the time I decided to go to bed, I had learned all about ten minute workouts, being mortgage free for life, and making money in the current foreclosure market... BUT, I got all of the pink and white side pieced together, and the first three strips of the coffee-dyed side pieced together, too.
I know some of those pinks look awfully dark for this, and the card print may look crazy, but I like them. I can work around them. Although I suppose I'd better be working ON them. :-)
I need to find another program to use to pubish this blog to Blogger. This one is driving me crazy. I just previewed it and there are huge gaps that aren't really there. Any ideas? I'm supposed to have a program for that with OneNote, but I couldn't get it to connect. Argh.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
And here (right) are the fabric "balls" after I took them out of the coffee. I put down waxed paper to help with clean-up. :-)
And here is the third batch, ironed. I left them in for an hour, and did not scrunch them as tightly as I did the second batch.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I've been doing embroidery off and on for about 20 years (mostly off, but it's one craft I do come back to, as opposed to all the ones I've tried and the supplies then just waste away in my craft room) and, as a result of my weaving for the last three years, I've been getting back in to embroidery a bit. I love the embroidery designs on Urban Threads - that has me wanting to embroider things for my nieces and nephews. :-) I was wanting to find different stitches today to use on those patterns, and use a couple of the more complicated ones as samplers, and since my books are all in storage right now I did a google search for them. I found a website with stitch dictionary (WOW) and blog, which led me to another with a wonderful Sampler Game, where you can design your own sampler and print it out! Here are the links:
The last one is the site with the Sampler Game.
When I was designing my own sampler, which I saved as a screen shot so I can maybe work on at some point (I love Microsoft OneNote!), I remembered that about fifteen years ago I was working on a sampler for the house Ian and I had in Florida. I got all of the "hard part" done; the middle with the new stitches I was learning in a flower design, our address, the date we bought the house - the only thing I had left was the alphabet, which I added as an afterthought when it suddenly occured to me that "real" samplers had the alphabet on them. I used a pink silk floss, ran out, and never did finish. Ian, of course, died at 29 in '97, and I left Florida in 2000. I still want to finish the sampler someday (it's in storage) - it deserves to be finished - I'm just not quite sure what to DO with it when I get it done! Frame it? It should be preserved somehow, not just folded up and stuck in a box. I worked hard on that, and it has a LOT of good memories embedded in the stitches.
I don't know how many people are like this - and my memory is getting worse as the years go by - but I used to be able to look at something I had worked on and remember exactly what I was doing the entire time I was working on it. I know, just thinking of that sampler, that there are big chunks I worked on while we were sitting in bed watching Beavis and Butthead, or Aeon Flux, or The Maxx. It doesn't quite work that way when I'm weaving - the pieces I'm doing don't have enough character for that - but I did notice when I was making some stuffed animals from the woven pieces that afterwards I did remember what I had been doing while I was making them. Maybe it's not my memory, but the intricacy of my work that has diminished... So I do want to finish the sampler not only because I put a lot of work into it, but because it very tangibly holds a lot of memories of "normal" times we spent together, times I didn't journal in any other way. The only question, again, is what exactly to do with it afterwards.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Fw:2 unfinished bunny bodies and a green log for an undetermined
Originally uploaded by llala412
I thought I was blogging all these from my phone, but apparently that didn't get set up right.
Here is the finished bunny next to two other bunny bodies. One is pink, and the other a kind of odd brown/orange combo. I love the yarn, though - I have some orange yarn that I'm going to use for the limbs and ears. I think I have some solid pink to use for the pink bunny. I used the Sugar and Cream Twist yarn for all three.
I decided the first bunny (Warren) was not pastel enough to give to the girls (plus his face is a little scary to me - I need to use embroidery floss next time), so I made one from a skein that was purple, blue, green, and white. The square from the beginning of the skein came out mostly green and white, with a little blue at the end (the tube in front), so I ended up making it into an alligator. I'm now making another square with blue and purple that will have some green at the end - I think it will make a great bunny. :-)
Woven & spool-knitted bunny in camo colors. Need emb floss for nxt faces
Originally uploaded by llala412
I got this pattern (which I then modified a bit - longer arms and ears, different face) from Noreen Crone-Findlay's blog. Here is the link - http://www.blisstree.com/hankeringforyarn/spool-knitted-andpotholder-loom-bunny/
Monday, March 9, 2009
My new car!
Originally uploaded by llala412
Here it is! My 2009 Dodge Journey. It was a steal because, sadly, apparently no one else wanted it. LOL! It was, quite literally, 33% off!!! Has heated seats, remote start, AWD, sunroof - and CRUISE CONTROL. Yes, it is true. My PT Cruiser did not have cruise control for all 41,750 miles that I drove around this lovely country. Granted, it was only every six months or so, but that was enough!
The "bad" points? Apparently I'm the only person in the world (er, Wichita KS anyway) who wants a crossover without the third row seating. Plus, apparently it has hail damage somewhere, but I have yet to find it - didn't know until they had to disclose it when I actually purchased the car. That's just cosmetic anyway. Never been all that fond of black cars, either (they get too hot) but had said I didn't care WHAT color car I found as long as it had everything I wanted, and this one does!
Of course, my sister's father-in-law bought a black '08 Corvette the same day I bought my Journey. Sheesh. Talk about being upstaged! :-) I had never quite "gotten" the whole thing about sportscars, but after sitting in his Corvette... WOW. I totally get it now. That car is SO SWEET!!!
Hopefully I won't ever have to "stuff" things again - I got a new car! I will try to post a picture from flickr when I finish this post. I love it! It is perfect for me. Apparently they couldn't sell it because although it is a crossover, most crossovers have the third row of seats, and this one doesn't. That made it perfect for me, however, because the first one I looked at DID, and when you folded the seats down there just wasn't enough room for my tubs in the back. I was a bit of a hard sell, though - made the guy go get a tape measurer and measure the length, width, and height (to the bottom of the windows) of both my car and the Journey (it's a Dodge Journey, an 09 but has been there long enough to go through a hail storm, although I still can't see any dents anywhere), and THIS Journey has more room than my car. Plus, since the second row of seats folds down, I don't have to worry about losing them in the storage shed, like I did with the seats to the PT Cruiser! OH, what a pain THAT was...
I found the new car in KS - it was such a good deal that my brother-in-law (James) said he didn't think I'd find a better one in TX, so I went ahead and bought it here, but then had to go get the back seats to the old car and bring them back. So I drove down to TX Sunday, and James and I went to the storage shed after my nephew's soccer game. One of the seats was conveniently close to the front of the storage shed - you could actually see it. The other? Not so close... I think we took at least a quarter of the stuff in my storage shed out and piled it in the hallway (James had me get a cart for some of it after I had moved stuff farther down the hallway for a third time, and we moved a freezer out), but then we (and by we, I mean mostly James, although I did move a lot of boxes) were able to just kind of scoot things around, and he found the seat finally, and then he stacked and rearranged things a bit so that I have some more room in there.
My storage shed, btw, is 10'x20'. And very tall. It's not a small storage shed.
Anyway - weaving. I've been working on triangles for my nephew's afghan again, but keep changing the pattern. I think I'll just weave up all the yarn I bought and then figure out the pattern and buy more yarn if necessary! I have four colors of yarn right now - a lime green, a bright blue, orange, and a variegated blue/green/purple. I just can't come up with a pattern I really like, although I do have a couple of patterns with a "J" in the center (his name is also James) (so is my brother's, so is my dad's...) that aren't too bad.
Well, that's it for this post. Car picture to follow!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
In December, I was offered three very old 4" Weave-Its by a lady who lives here in Methuen. Between the holidays, my coming back from them sick, then hurting my back and the weather being bad through most of that, I had yet to go get them. I am leaving here Monday, though, and it is 50 degrees, so I e-mailed her yesterday to see if her generous offer still stood - it did, and I went to pick them up today! Yay! I now have a complete set of looms! Granted, they are technically not Weavettes, but the pin setup is the same (my Hazel Rose loom can be used that way, but the pin setup is for bias weave, and I know I would get confused if I tried to do it the weave-it/weavette way). I will take pictures at some point, but not now... packing comes first! :-)
Thank you to the commenter who gave me all the info about the different rigid heddle looms - I was leaning towards the Emilia, and even more so now!!
Also, I edited one of my first posts, from last fall. Apparently part of what I wrote was misinterpreted by a couple of people who have children and do not realize that I have spent a LOT of time around them.
Okay, non-weaving content, and I missed "Weaving Wednesday." I had WORDY Wednesday instead - one of my six-word memoirs ("Even angry, toes touching in bed.") was the Memoir of the Day on SmithMag.net! I was pretty happy. If you've never heard of a six-word memoir, this video explains it.
Friday, February 6, 2009
(just hopefully not as a Divorce Loom, LOL!)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
But then again, there's the Ashford Knitter's loom, which I had partly ignored simply because it irritated me that it seemed like they were using the name knitting as a gimmick to get knitters to buy a loom and get in to weaving (and I'm sure that's EXACTLY what it was), but now that I have looked at it, it DOES have the special heddle with the extra wide holes for the big funky yarns like all those gazillions of yarns that I collected the summer I was in NH and bought those "scarf-weaving" kits made out of netting... they worked great for them, but not so great for the weavettes once I got them! Those yarns are all in vacuum bags, in storage now.
All of these looms are small - the smallest Knitter's loom weaves a 12" width, so the body would be a little larger. The Cricket's body is 11" wide, so the weaving width is a little smaller. The Emilia weaves 13" wide, so the body would be a little larger, but that makes it close to the Knitter's loom, and it has the double heddle option while the Knitter's loom does not (but, the Knitter's loom has the heddle with the extra wide holes).
I haven't actually seen any of them in person, just done internet research. I won't be able to get one for a while. But I think I'm leaning towards the Emilia, despite the fact that the Cricket is quite a bit cheaper than either of the other two! :-) The other two have extras available that it does not, and I think in the end I would rather go with the Swedish loom that I can use two heddles on than the one I can use the fancy yarn on. Unless, of course, I end up finding out that I CAN use two heddles on the Knitter's Loom - then I may have to go with that one! Of course, ideally my next assignment would be in an area with a really good yarn shop that sells weaving supplies (and looms) and I would be able to try out one or all of them...
I've been packing up this apartment, since I leave here on the 15th (or so - probably more like the 17th since I have to do a walk-through with the apt manager on a business day) and finally decided to put a LOT of craft stuff in storage that I haven't used during the last two or three assignments. All the beads. All the weird odds and ends that I bought in Hutch and then never used. All the books except the rigid heddle books. The Christmas ornaments are going in storage, too, LOL! I may even pack up some clothes that I brought and never wore, and mail them back to myself. I'm keeping out everything weaving related and embroidery related, and the scrapbooking stuff, and mailing the rest. I have four boxes full so far (but they're not huge boxes, just what I had).
Well, back to packing... the weekend is supposed to be warmer, so I want to get my tubs packed by then so I can load the car while it's warm!!
I am a bit behind on reading the weaving groups I belong to, as well as the blogs I subscribe to - I just haven't been weaving much for the last couple of months (in case you couldn't tell by the fact that I hadn't posted at all on my own blog for two months), so haven't been thinking about it in general. Today I have been getting caught up a bit, and saw this post on using binary sequences in weaving from the blog Talking About Weaving. It's fascinating, and led me to the blog, and then website, of the weaver/composer she was talking about, Nigel Morgan. That link is for his website- his blog is here. On the blog I discovered a poet I had never heard of, Kathleen Raine - the poem he posted, "Angelus," is amazing. When I went to his website, I discovered that he has mp3s available for download of all seven of her poems which he set to music for a performance in 2003 (the details are on his website).
Composer, weaver - what a talented person!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I say "okay" entirely too much. I knew I wrote "well" too much - didn't realize how much I SAID "okay." :-)
This is a short "making of" video of the lunchbag I made from weavette squares and rectangles. I love it! It still needs a liner, but it holds its own against all those fancy Harrod's Knightsbridge bags in the fridge at work. :-)