Crazy as a Loom

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

First snow.

This was pretty much the first snow fall, not enough to plow, but that's coming, for sure.
If I'm not paying to mow the lawn, I'm paying to plow the snow,  that's the way of it.

It is pretty.
I actually don't mind winter, as long as the sun shines.  
When it's terminally gray, like it has been lately, that gets kind of old.

The sun really makes all the difference.

We walk every morning, and this morning was pretty cold.

During the day I'm in the studio, but in the evening, you will find me and the dogs cozied
up right here  in the living room.

These pictures are actually deceiving, they look so neat......not shown is the sofa, where we ALL sit together.......and the ottoman which is covered with my books and whatever
else I am doing at the moment.

 So not all that photograph friendly.

After FIVE years of not knitting, I have started again.

My English mother taught me how to knit when I was 4, and I have knitted all my life.  For
some reason 5 years ago, I stopped.   And I couldn't get going again, even though I tried.

Fast forward, and just recently, I was motivated to try once more.  This time it worked.

I'm glad, it's very Zen, and thus very soothing, especially on long winter evenings.

I did just finish 22 towels, and hopefully will soon have the cupboard full again.

I usually have a color scheme and pattern picked out in my head for my next warp, long 
before the one I am working on is done.  
It's an addiction, clearly.

Sometimes on a gray day, I turn on all the lights in the studio, just to brighten things up.

That loom is where Lois weaves, she likes her spot by the window.  I try not to change anything in her little world over there.

This is where I'm weaving  at present, but a new loom is coming, and things are going to have to shift a bit.

On the left is my  computer/sewing  corner.   

So there was a gas fireplace here, that replaced the old wood burning one, that was falling apart, and not very efficient.   Over the last 18 years, I have used the fireplace about 5 times, and then not for long.   L and I really don't like to be quite that toasty in here.  We are working.  If I get cold, I put on a sweater....novel idea, right????   and L is NEVER cold.  Then I found a bat in the studio, because the gas insert did not fit perfectly and there was a space of about 1/2".   The bat was escorted out, with no contact, and he flew away, not happy about the whole daylight thing.
And I had the gas insert removed.   Yay.
So now it is sealed, and insulated and just waiting for "something".   I have not yet come up with something inspiring.  
I have thought of a mural, a painting, wall paper, paint......what?
 I would attempt to draw a village on it, but the idea of getting down there to do that, with my knees, is not something I really think is doable.  Guess I should have done it on the wood BEFORE it was installed.
  I need some ideas......
and you know I don't want "blah".  
I want something unique......but what????   
I know one of you will hit the nail on the head.......!!!


Anonymous said...

I love your village ideas as I’ve loved seeing your scenes. You could do it in panels and have a different set of knees install the panels over the wood that’s there.

Marilou said...

Hello Hilary! I really need to drop by, I think of you often. You have my head spinning, that space is meant for something special. I will be pondering about it. It's a brain tickler for sure. To think of all the mediums that are available, it has to be just right , something inspiring, enduring... I will get back to you on it. I don't know why I immediately thought of birch bark, but I still am. Have a great Holiday, thanks for sharing and stay warm and well.

Rita said...

Love the sock. I learned to knit when I was a teenager but never could knit to size so I have only knit scarves, blankets, and dishcloths and such--lol! Be glad you can still knit. My hands can't take it anymore.

Your place is so inviting and cozy. I couldn't think of anything offhand for the fireplace, but I like the above idea above of painting panels of some kind and having someone else install them for you. You do such charming village scenes! :)

SeattleSuetoo said...

How about some woven "samples" made into a patchwork type of covering for your space. Use up the leftovers and make it "yours". Or, you can look into Kaffe Fassett designs for inspiration.

Thank you for sharing your lovely home!

Joanne Noragon said...

I use my chairs on wheels for all those former "knee" jobs. My sewing chair is on wheels and my desk chair. I scoot them wherever is necessary. You could paint on your fireplace insert from a chair on wheels. I like the idea of a village of all the houses you've painted.

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