But I AM ready. Toika warped for a 6' wide rug. Tammy is coming on Saturday, and the weekend is booked. With any luck, this 6'x8' rug will get finished over the weekend, and be on its way to British Columbia by Monday afternoon. Just in time for Christmas.
It was cold and nasty outside this morning. There was 6-8" of fresh snow, and the roads were slick. I took my time driving to the studio, didn't want to end up in the ditch like several other cars I saw on the way.
When I get to the studio, the first thing I do is turn up the heat.
Part of getting the Toika ready involved adjusting all the tie ups to improve the shed, which requires me to take this achy old body under the loom. I know, I know, countermarche looms are just wonderful.....blah, blah, blah. They are painful, that's what they are.
And no, the cats do not mind me swearing out loud.
Then I moved on to another loom, put a new warp on, and got most of this cranberry table runner done. I loosened it up before I left, and I am letting it rest before I measure it tomorrow.
That, dear friends, concludes the orders that I will finish before Christmas. I am drawing the line.
No more until January. There. That was easy.
I have Christmas shopping to do, and I want to make more scarves. I am into them. I have some beautiful silky, red thread that I am dying to weave up. It is the end of the year, I want to finish it weaving according to my whimsy, and not according to anybody's deadlines, not even my own.
When I left for home tonight, it was getting dark. I went to the mailbox on my way out the driveway. In it, there was a check. A nice check, and nicer because I didn't expect it. It took me a minute to realize what it was for.
Back in the spring, a shop that I sell rugs to asked me if they could take a couple of bigger rugs, without paying for them, to just see if there was any interest.
I agreed, wondering if I was making a good decision or not.
I tend to trust people until they give me a reason not to. Sometimes that works out, and sometimes not. You can imagine.
I thought about the rugs a couple of months ago, and questioned my judgement, again.
But it worked out, and it WAS a good decision after all.
I love nice surprises.