So I did random stuff that I needed to do. One of them was tackling two old rugs sent to me, to be rewoven.
Easy to see why, right?
One of the problems with old rugs, is that they were woven with 12 epi, or ends per inch, which means simply that there are 6 threads showing on both sides. It looks good, and you would think that more threads means a 'sturdier' rug, but not so.
What it does mean, is that the thread takes the wear instead of the fabric, thus the rug gets holes in it like this.
See how close the threads are?
I weave all my rugs at 8 or 10 epi. I prefer 8. So there is more fabric showing, and the fabric takes the beating.
Makes sense, right?
Tearing rugs apart is a very time consuming process. And a messy one.
But the fabric is lovely, shades of browns and yellows, white and golds. And unlike some rugs I take apart, most of the pieces in this one remain sewn together in long lengths.
The sun came out occasionally today, and it was lovely.
So now the rugs are disassembled, and waiting for me to warp a loom for them. I think they are going to be beautiful when they get their 'new life'.
Halcyon Yarn is going to start marketing the Crazy as a Loom Solmate Sock Rug Kit, so today I had 'L' take some videos, and some photos of the process of getting the kit ready. One of the videos actually looked like I was cutting the ends of my fingers off, that might not be a good one.
I wanted to get a good shot of my cutter.
I have actually never cut my fingers cutting socks this way. I have cut my thumb cutting the heel strips in half, simply because I had to hold onto the piece to cut it. That isn't my favorite job, by the way.
I have decided that the only way to get through this winter weather is a week at a time. I make sure there are things I want to do, things to look forward to, be it as simple as baking pies. Maybe a movie out, or lunch at el Mexicano, or seeing a good friend. Something feel good.
I can't look ahead and think, oh dear, 3 more months of this. Nah. Can't do it. So I will just have to work some magic a week at a time.
Doesn't sound so hard, does it?
I just realized that New Year's is coming at us fast. So I have to go back and look at my lofty list. I am pretty sure I failed quite badly at MOST of my resolutions. Which is a good thing, really. Gives me another shot at them.