Crazy as a Loom

Tuesday, November 21, 2023


I wonder sometimes if you are all sick of seeing what I'm weaving.....

My life does seem to revolve around it, so there's that.

It really makes me happy, but you probably already know that.

I've also been busy doing things to my house, because my house also makes me very happy.
It's home......and that's powerful.
New stair runner.

I also have spent a great deal of time getting ready for the Hudson Mohawk Weavers' guild show that I do 
every year.

It was last weekend, and I am happy to say that I did VERY well.  Over for another year, big sale on what's left, starting Friday after Thanksgiving, on my FB page, Crazy as a Loom Weaving.   Then I can start weaving for next year.  
Oh, the planning!

I am not sure what these are called.  We see them on our morning walks with the dogs.  Something to do with spiders???

My spoiled dogs get walked every single morning.  It's not a LONG walk, but apparently it 
is mandatory, and they seem happy with it.  I don't always want to do it, even though I usually
enjoy it, and I know it's good for me.

I know I've shown you my new bathroom, but the sun was coming through the 
window just right, and I wanted to show you the "window treatment" I chose.
No curtains, no shade, just a frosted coating with birds.

I've also done a little dyeing, but I plan on ramping that up after Christmas.
I have so much yarn to dye.

This one of the jackets I took to the show, it sold pretty quickly.

The warp and the weft were hand dyed.
It might be one of my favorites.

And yes, it has pockets!

This is an evening photo of my favorite upgrade.  There was a dishwasher
on the left, and a gas stove on the right.  I hated the dishwasher, and never used it.
The stove always smelled like propane to me, little whiffs of it here and there.  I 
had the gas company come, and they basically said it was me, not the stove.

So I got rid of both of them.  
Damn, did that feel good.

On the cupboard with pullout shelves for my pots and pans, and to the right
of it, my trash can and recycle bin!!!

The stove is my new Induction Range, and I cannot say enough good things
about it. more whiffs of propane.

I love this new space.

For those of you who have followed my blog for years, I tell you this.

L, who has been with me since 2010, my apprentice, my friend, my accomplice, has Alzheimers.   It's ok to put it here, because she can't find my blog anymore.
It's a loss I cannot comprehend.
I make sure that she has lots of easy things to weave, because while she cannot thread or count treadles, her muscle memory is spot on, and she can weave plain weave and do a great job.
So I make sure that the loom is ready for her gives her purpose every day, until it doesn't.

Lots of changes in my life, Bill, Sydney, now Lois.  
I have come to understand on a deep level, that finding joy and serenity in this day, is all 
that really matters.
So I continue.
Thanks,  for being out there, still, after all these years.


deodar said...

I am so sorry you are losing your friend to that horrid disease, sometimes one can't help but wonder at the 'grand plan'. On a lighter note, I really don't know if those are spider webs or what but what I've told to grandkids, nieces, nephews et al is that those are the wings the fairies discarded when they got new ones.

Joanne Noragon said...

I am so happy to hear you can keep L happy and fulfilled in her days. We actually acquired our first looms when our uncle was succumbing to the horrible plague. Every night our aunt was unweaving and reweaving what he had done during the day, until at last our uncle had to go to a nursing home and our aunt sold the looms.
Congratulations on a successful show. And that stair runner is magnificent. What a durable thread and weave.

Rita said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. But it is so nice to hear you and she can still keep good company and she can feel useful. That is priceless. A true friend. For as long as it lasts, it is wonderful.

I love the birds on your bathroom window. They are delightful!!

Great to hear you did so well with the big sale. The dyed yarn hanging is absolutely stunning! I love the dark rich colors.

The stair runner and the changes in the kitchen are fabulous. Things like that are a sheer delight and lift your spirits. Home is everything. (And family, of course.)

Have a great week. :)

Charlene said...

Since I have been reading your blog, I too have lost my mother and DH. If I lived closer, would love to come and weave with you.

Leigh said...

I'm so very sorry to hear about your friend. Such a sad thing.

I, for one, appreciate your blog. I've recently returned to weaving after a 14 year break, so I'm hungry for weaving and fiber content. I do seem to notice a change in general fiber blogging though. When I started my fiber journal back in 2006, there seemed to be more of a community amongst weavers and fiber bloggers, with visiting back and forth to comment on one another's blogs. Of the bloggers who are still at it, there doesn't seem to be as much response anymore.

Years ago, a weaving friend told me blogging was dead and facebook was where it's at, but I never found fb a good venue for journaling. I guess it works for others though.

The old Yahoo groups used to be interesting, and most seem to have moved to, but there doesn't seem to be much activity there either. I think a lot of conversation switched to Ravelry at one time, but even there, some of the community groups don't have much participation any more.

There are a lot of online schools now, which is excellent. Of course, the fee based membership may be a deterrent for those of us on fixed income, but I'm guessing those may be good places for discussion.

Which is all to say that your blog and blog content are appreciated. I love your photos.

Glad to hear you did well at the guild show. I'll end my rambling now.

amyfibre said...

Never ever tired of seeing what you're weaving.

And I'm so very sorry to hear of L's diagnosis. What a loss...and blessings to you for continuing your long friendship and finding ways to keep her active and working with you.

Wishing you peace and contentment this holiday season.

Anonymous said...

i’m so sorry to hear Lois has alzheimer’s it’s such a horrible disease. and my dog gets walked every morning around 6AM AND again around 1 and again at 6PM .. it’s the hardest part of being a dog mama

Anonymous said...

that was me, Daryl .. not anonymous

Twylla Alexander said...

Your weaving is as beautiful as ever! I love the pictures you post of your cozy home, your sanctuary. I remember meeting Lois when I visited your labyrinth about 10 years ago. I'm sorry for her and for you that she has Alzheimer's. You are a dear friend to continue to find ways that she can be productive! Happy Thanksgiving! AND thank you for sharing my blog post.

Valerie said...

I never tire of hearing about your weaving. I often wonder how people who do not make things get through their days.

I'm so sorry about Lois, she hasn't been featured in blog posts for awhile and was wondering about that. So kind of you to keep that plain weave space for her.

Thank you for keeping up your blog.

Tonya said...

I love your weaving, and your stories. I worry when I don't see an update. So I guess that makes me invested. I'm sorry to hear about your friend, I was wondering why you hadn't spoken of her for a bit. Bless you for staying in her life. I will send prayers for you both. Congrats on the sale! Bright moments make life worth living!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Uff :-(

Caroline M said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend, it's so hard to watch our friends and family drift away from us We go on, a day at a time because what other choice have we?

Belinda said...

Blessings to you.🥰

Simone said...

I look forward to your blog updates.

I love the colorful cloth you weave and the things you make from it.

I also feel close to you from the parts of your life that you share and the comments of the community that you've built. It helps understanding that we all have suffered losses and are getting on with life with the help of our children, pets and GRANDCHILDREN.

Cuba said...

Your post stood out—informative, engaging, and thought-provoking. Thanks!

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