Crazy as a Loom

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sitting up straight.

(click on any picture to see it larger)

I have an excuse for my messy desk. It isn't just me. It's fat butt, here, laying in the middle of all my papers. And does she care? Not one little bit.
Have you ever noticed? Cats are entitled. And Miss Puss is the Queen of Entitled.

Anyway, I am still walking somewhat crooked, but not in quite the agony today that I have been in since last Friday. So I allowed myself some playing time at this small loom, where I am making scarves for Christmas. In particular, I am trying to get them done in time for the Christmas in the Country tour, which is the first weekend in December.
Forgive my multiple pictures of the same thing. I was incapable of choosing just one. The light was so perfect, and this warp that I wound with a paddle was just too pretty.
When I first used a paddle to wind a warp of multiple threads, I was a total incompetent, and ended up throwing it all out. But I am getting better at it, and for certain projects, it is exactly what I need.
I sampled and sampled to find just the right thread for the weft. I wanted something kind of silky, and soft, but something that would let the warp show just a little.
For the first scarf, I used this peach/blush earthy shade.
For the second scarf, I used a taupe color, in the same silky thread.
And for the third one, which is not finished, I used a lighter shade of beige.

I don't much make fancy scarves. It is just plain weave, and I mostly enjoy mixing up the fibers that I have on cones, to come up with something that appeals to me. And it doesn't hurt that I have lots and lots of cones in every color.
Now, whether or not it will appeal to anyone else, that is another story.
But I totally enjoyed myself, and as long as I didn't bend at the waist, my pain level was tolerable.....makes for the BEST posture.
I can hear my mother now (stand up straight).
Being tall from age 13, I heard that a lot.
Some days I can't turn my mind off. Especially when I am worried about something, or more specifically, someone. Even though it is exhausting, once my brain has started down that path, it is very hard to derail it. It doesn't matter that worrying doesn't get you anywhere.
And this year has been another life lesson in letting go, accepting what you don't have any control over.
Brings to mind that favorite line of mine, from Mark Twain. "A man who carries a cat by the tail, learns something that he can learn in no other way."
But today was a mindless day. Throwing the shuttle, over and over again.
And sometimes, mindless is pretty cool.


Anonymous said...

A very mindless day at my house. I watched far too much TV and that is unusual for me to watch daytime TV. Now if I were a weaver perhaps I would have accomplished something more productive.

The Blue Ridge Gal
(Your scarves are going to be lovely, Hilary)

Arlene said...

I love what you said about some days I just can not turn my mind off. I can relate to that. But today I turned my mind off! I sat in a hot tub relaxed and paid no attention at all to the phones, computers or animals! (Well the animals I did pay attention too!) Love your kittie on the papers they do loves a place like that to sleep don't they? LOL!

Gail said...

I love the sunshine on your loom. Beautiful.

Country Girl said...

No need to apologize for the photos with the light coming in because I enjoyed every single one of them.
When Christmas in the Country is over, and if you have any scarves left, I would love to have one of these. I think they're beautiful.
Glad you can move. And when did you cut your hair? Or change your profile pic. Or am I just that unobservant? No, don't even answer that!!

smiles4u said...

I want to have a mindless day. I am glad that you are feeling better.

Susan said...

I suffer with back pain from time to time and it's amazing how your world come to a sudden halt until it heals.

I hope you are feeling yourself soon.


Sharon said...

It does my heart good to see that you're not using an end-feed shuttle

Delighted Hands said...

This is different than I have ever seen you weave-very restful, serene-maybe a reflection of what you need right now.


I'm glad you back is coming along. Your right both pictures are gorgeous, the way the light plays off the colors on the scarf.

Carol said...

The photos of the warp are beautiful. There is something about a warp on a loom I find engaging. I always run for my camera. I agree, your scarves are beautiful in their simplicity. Feel better soon...

Daryl said...

SO good to hear you are on the mend .. do not over do!

Loving those scarves ..

Nancy said...

Great pictures and great light. I would love to see a pic when the scarves are finished.

A mindless day is a blessing sometimes. So happy you are feeling better.

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