I was drinking my first cup of tea, and reading the paper, and I became aware of this 'knocking'.
I looked over at Ed, he is getting a tad deaf, and he didn't hear it. I went back to the paper.
But after a while, as the knocking continued, I became aware that was in fact not someone with a hammer, but a woodpecker up in the tree in front of the house. Then just as suddenly, I realized that with a knock that loud, it had to be a pileated woodpecker.
I jumped up and ran for my camera and my zoom lens. In my haste, I didn't stop to think that I probably would have had more chances for a good shot, if I had taken them out the window.
But I didn't, so I only got a couple of shots, before he flew away.
Pileated woodpeckers have incredible hearing, and they don't seem to like being watched too closely.
But here he is.
|From Crazy as a Loom|
Not the best shot, but I love the way the sun glints off that red head of his.
Maybe next time.
As you know, I have spent a couple of days putting a warp on the Baby Wolf for some dish towels. Totally recreational. I don't sell them. They would have to be $50 a towel....or some outrageous number. So I just make them to stretch my comfort zone, to learn more, to be a better weaver, and I give them away. My kids, my stepkids, friends.
The pattern was M's and O's, and I must be stupid, 'cause I can only see the O's.
It called for four colors of 8/2 cotton, and since these are for my step daughter in Virginia, and she wanted earth tones, I chose rust, chocolate, coffee, and gold. Those are my names for them.
I am doing each one in a different color weft. The two I have done turned out quite nicely, if I do say so myself. The top one is with the chocolate weft, and the bottom one is the rust weft.
|From Crazy as a Loom|
When I was threading the loom, I knew that the likelihood of making NO mistakes was slim. And I was right. So I spent quite a bit of time fixing my errors. Then I had a lot of false starts. Broken threads. Various ailments.
When finally I actually started the treadling sequence, I thought I was pretty much gonna' screw it up. I would lose count, for sure.
But the amazing thing about doing a project like this is that, after awhile, what seemed impossible, and hard, and cumbersome, soon becomes second nature. Not only do your hands and feet figure out the rhythm, but the pattern becomes so evident, that Ed the pit bull could see it, and he's half blind.
I love that feeling, when you know you have it. It's yours. Easy Peasy from here on in.
Now why can't life be like that? Just tell me, would ya??? Wouldn't that just make so much sense???