Kate, over at Chronicles of a Country Girl
got me started on this. So here goes.
Ten discoveries I have made in the not too distant past.
1. KALE!! And Bragg. Sorry to repeat myself, but I do love it.
, a wonderful store on Wolf Rd, in Albany, NY. They find the walking/running shoe that really fits your feet. I have never had such attention paid to my feet, not even at the podiatrist. They even have a little indoor track in the store, so they can watch you in motion. I bought a pair of walking shoes, and after 3 miles, my feet don't hurt. JUBILATION.
3. My new favorite sandwich: Take a crusty bread, put cheese of your choice on it. You're gonna have to butter both outside pieces, so get over your aversion to FAT. Inside you put slices of a big juicy tomato, and PESTO. Grill it in the frying pan, or on one of those grilling machines.
YUM. Very good.
This brings to mind several years ago, when I grew a garden full of basil. My old friend, Rosie, came to my little house in the country, and we made pesto.....all day! We had a mess that could not be rivaled. We each got about 20 freezer bags of pesto. Pesto is best frozen, and my kids and I ate pasta with pesto all winter long.
4. My new I Touch. Such fun. I have lots of favorite tunes on it, and 'apps'....my grandson laughed when I didn't know what 'apps' meant.
I do now.
I listen to podcasts on all subjects, and now that I have a speaker dock, I can educate myself while I weave.
My question is, after I fill my head full of all this new info, am I going to end up being one of the smartest older than dirt weavers you ever knew?
5. My Kindle. It is sending me to sleep nirvana every night, without the benefit of stacks of books falling off the night stand. And when this book is done, I can have another one downloaded in about two minutes, no matter where I am.
How cool is that?
6.OK, this a weaving discovery. It isn't complicated. Honest. First of all, for you non weavers: the threads that run vertically in a rug, and make up the fringe, are the warp. The fabric that goes horizontally back and forth is the weft.
I have always woven rugs with an 8 or a 10 epi.....which simply means that there are 8 or 10 warp threads per inch.......epi=ends per inch, and thus there are half that amount of threads showing on the face of the rug.
For some reason, I started threading a different way........putting two threads in each dent (slot), and then skipping one, etc. This gives you still 8 or 10 (whichever you choose) epi, but they are "working as 4 or 5". I love the look, it lets more of the fabric 'shine' through, making it a weft faced rug.
Y'all got it???
Here are a couple of pics.
First, the old way.
And then, my new way.
7. Masonry heaters. Have you ever heard of them? My neighbor, who is brilliant, made one for their camp, and more recently, one for their house. It has a pizza oven, a stove top, a regular oven, and it heats their house. It is gorgeous, and like nothing I have ever seen. The ashes in it are white....it burns that clean.
Here is a stock photo of one......his is similar, but you can't see the kitchen side of this one, and I am sure there is a kitchen side.
There is a whole web site dedicated to these marvelous things, and you can read more about it here
8. Wheat grass for cats. Yes, my cats need their greens. They chew it up, knock it over, eat it, spit it out. You name it. But they seem to like it.
9. The Happiness Project
. Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.
You can find it on Amazon.
. Authentic greek yogurt. Recently, they opened a plant in Johnstown, NY. So now we have FageUSA. The people that work there actually went to Greece, to learn how to make it.
Also, thick and delicious.
So there you have it.
And today, I finished this rug. It is a bit on the wild side. What do you think?
The jury is still out.
I barely made it out of the driveway at the studio.
But my little Hyundai Santa Fe pulled through, and I am home safe and sound.