Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weaving Boot Camp

A couple of years ago, I started hosting weaving weekends at the studio. Since then, I have had from 0ne t0 five guests at a time. What began tentatively, feels very natural now.
The house loves it.
The cats love it.
And so do I.
We start on Friday afternoon. First the guests settle into their rooms.
And I am making dinner for all.
Let's start with a little Ritz, shall we?
And I know no better way to pound up some Ritz, than with my handy dandy little rolling pin.
Smash them first to smithereens, being careful not to get too rowdy, and break the paper package.
Makes an awful mess.
From weaving weekends

Then you pour the smashed crackers into 1 stick of butter that you have brilliantly melted in the microwave.
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You spread this mixture over haddock in a baking pan, that you have already spritzed with lemon juice, real preferably.
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Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Voila, Baked Stuffed Haddock. Easy peasy, delish too.
You can mix a can of good crabmeat in with the cracker mixture. I like it, some don't.
So there. Throw in some baked potatoes, some sour cream, some butternut squash, and some broccoli, and you have dinner.
Oh, and a little apple crisp with walnuts.

Eat hardy. Cause after dinner, weaving boot camp commences.

My husband started calling it that, and I must admit, if reluctantly, that he is right, again.
There's a whole lotta warping going on.
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And weaving.
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Late into the night.
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At night they fall into bed, exhausted. All part of my devious plan.
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French toast for breakfast. I feed them well. I don't want weakness to become an excuse.

But why are they all smiling?????
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They were allowed a short break to walk the labyrinth.
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Well, they ARE working hard.
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And getting a lot of weaving done.
But I must not be working them hard enough, because they just look TOO DARN HAPPY.
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Guess I will have to work on that.
And another thing.
There are slackers. Nappers. Ne'er do wells.
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You know who you are.
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It was a GREAT weekend.
So good that they want to come back for a 'reunion'. This time with spagetti.
And less slacking.


Vicki Rapanault said...

Thank you so much Hillary for a fabulous weekend, I wasnt even home yet when Linda texted me that we are on your blog, It was so fun meeting you and our fellow boot campee, Sarah. I truly was in my element, now I will manifest a rug loom, the space, and the time! Can't wait for the reunion!
With much gratitude, Vicki Rapanault from CT

claudia said...

I want to join in on one of your fabulous workouts! This is a boot camp I think I would enjoy! I will have to see if there are any weaving type workshops closer though, I don't think I could manage a trip to your beautiful part of the country. Sigh!

Anonymous said...

I want to come. It looks like so much fun!

Sharon said...

Passing on weaving. It should be a family tradition but there are so many broken links here. It's lovely that you get to pass it on.

Delighted Hands said...

Looks like an awesome time; thanks for the recipe, too!

Anonymous said...

You are SOOOOO funny!

Karen said...

I have never laid hands on anything that needed to be woven, (except for those potholders we all made in camp 30 years ago).... but I would LOVE to be a part of this kind of bootcamp, what fun!...

I love that each rug is individual, no two are a like and you can do as you please as you go.

Need A Latte Mom said...

Love the little eyes picking over his paws...they are so sweet.

KarenInTheWoods said...

You guys just have TOO MUCH FUN!

bspinner said...

What fun!!!!! Not to mention beautiful rug!!!
Can't wait to try the recipe.

SpinMeAYarn said...

That looks wonderful and you write so well!!!
It's like a picture book I just want to be in!!
liz, Ireland

Country Girl said...

Wow. This does look fun. It's a good feeling, being industrious, you know.

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