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Daily Check-In September 2017

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Here in the Northern Hempisphere we are (hopefully) moving into fall. It has been a crazy last week or so here in Texas and Louisiana and now in parts east as the remanants of Harvey move across the south. We are eying Hurrcan Irma with some trpeidation. Where I am in Waco, we just got a couple of days rain but my heart goes out to friends to the south. Meanwhile I have friends and family in the rocky Mountain west and on the northwest coast who are dealing with massive fires. Keep all those around the world in your thoughts and prayers who are dealing with the wrath of Mother Nature be it here in the States or the monsoon rains in India and Nepal, or the mudslides in Sierra Leone. It has not been a good month.

Jopefully, on the weaving front things are going better. I have not started weaving again but I am busily spinning and knitting. I have set a goal to be back on the loom by Halloweave. I love seeing the projects people are working on and am jealous of all the wonderful workshops and conferences everyone has been attending. Take care everyone and Weave on.

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Joined: 06/25/2013
Back in the saddle

Golds and browns, lopi wool, double width twill

After 13 months off the big looms due to a nerve injury in my leg that won't let me sit on the bench, I have figured out that I can weave standing. I raised my Maccomber 3", tied on a Harrisville Highland warp and this is the first of two blankets I am doing for wedding presents.  I am thrilled to be weaving again and mostly happy with the blanket except that it is shedding like crazy.  The weft is Lopi and having "Over fulled" to disasterous results in the past,  I set my front loader to agitate 5 minutes and then soaked it half an hour and did a rinse and spin cycle.  What I'm reading says agitation could have done that and I should rewash in the bathtub but I'm feeling leery.  Will shake and brush tomorrow.

Have kept my sanity through Rebecca Mezoff's online tapestry courses and doing tiny tapestries that I can hold on my lap sitting in bed/couch.  Life really isn't the same without weaving. Cheers from California where we have no current natural disasters. 

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I got back to the diamond

I got back to the diamond wool twill today. I only got one repeat woven, but I agree with fiberassociations, life is better with weaving!

I look forward to seeing more of what you all are weaving. 

If you spin, consider joining our Spinzilla Team! I also hope several people here will consider hosting a Halloweave House!

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English autumn

im on holiday in England and today we visited the Quarry Bank Mill in Styal.  I met one of the weavers and had a lovely chat.  Just now connected on social media.   The world really is a very small place!  

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Joined: 11/19/2012
The things that keep us from weaving

It's firewood stacking season here in NH; seems like there's always something to keep me away from the looms but this task results in sore muscles, including in my hands, so mostly what I'm doing is looking with longing during breaks. We got 5 cords this year as the winters have been very long even if not as frigid and last year was the first year we ended up with barely 1/4 cord left. The leaves are already turning, though, and I'm really looking forward to participating somehow in HalloWeave for the first time. We have a fabulous Wool Arts Tour in the Monadnock region Columbus Day Weekend coming right up, too. It's hosted by farms, one of which is right down the street from me. So September is kind of a "limbo" month where we're getting ready for those cold mornings when the leaves seem to be lighting their own fires and opening up the bins of woolens to wear and wearing those new shawls and scarves. A local artisan published instructions for her handwoven tartan mittens--yes, that's right, woven! At least the fabric is. Available at Webs;I downloaded the pattern recently at last and hope to have a pair or two made this year as Christmas gifts for my family who are very proud of their Scots heritage. Should be fun! So, I'd better get back to the wood so I can get back to my looms and Weave on!

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I've gotten in tiny little

I've gotten in tiny little bits of weavig in the last week. I'm still working on warps for the beginning weaving class I start teaching at the end of this month. I still have 2 looms to warp. I have to weave off one warp to get anything on the last loom, so this scarf that has been lingering is going to get done! :)

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Aieeeeeeeeeee!

It's Sept 16th, and that's all I can say.

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