Crazy as a Loom

Monday, January 22, 2024

Almost February.

The hot pink and white towels are off the loom.....22 of them.  I am sure sick of pink, which
is not my favorite color anyway.

I have two Louet David looms, one is 45", and I call that one Big Lou, and the other is 27" and I call that one Little Lou, just to keep it straight.

So her comes the Megado, and I am resisting the urge to call her "Meg"......suggestions are welcome.

Looms need a name in my world.

Finally the hand dyed Turkish cotton/ramie warp is on the loom, and I've started threading.

I don't do it all at once.  I can't sit that long on that low stool.  Whatever is making my 
outer hip and leg hurt does not like it at all.
So I break it up...half today, the other half tomorrow......and hopefully I will be ready to weave.

It takes time to acclimate oneself to a new loom........they are all so different, even from the same company.
It will take a little time to decide if it is true love, or not.

On the advice of a friend, I purchased a walking foot for my Bernina 770.

It was pricey, as everything to do with Bernina is, but I must say, my towel hems are 
more perfect than they have ever been, so I am pleased with it.
It will earn its place.

Lately, I have been thinking about things that I don't need
in my life anymore, and things that I just do not have time for.

It's pretty freeing, I must say, when you get to a certain age, and you can 
happily dispense with things that you once thought that you couldn't live without.

I am having a glass of wine as I type, the dogs have been fed, it's getting dark out there,
the doors are locked for the night, and soon I will make myself a typical English dinner/breakfast......eggs, beans, toast.  I forego the meat, of course.

Thankfully, the horrible cold has broken, I am so relieved.   January is almost over....there are 
property taxes to be paid, income tax forms to be submitted, and on to February.

I have 103 towels on the shelves so far....and I am determined to hit 250 for the year.......with 
enough to sell a few here and there, and at least 200 to take to the guild show in November.

My other plan for this year is to buy my Subaru in June when the lease is up.
I know the dealer will try to lease me another, but I am determined.  I'm keeping my car.  
It only has 24, 000 miles on's a 2021....and I'm not learning all new gadgetry on a new one.   I've just about tackled the stuff on this one.

So this is where you'll find me until spring, in the studio; weaving sewing, dyeing.......and 
enjoying the solitude and peace of winter days.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

After the holidays

Mr. Froggy even got a sweater to wear on Christmas Eve.

My granddaughter's response was one of the sweetest things I've ever seen, and made all the 
work that went into this more than worth it.

I tried to upload a video, but it said it was too only 1 minute!! 
But she was totally surprised, and was speechless, it was precious.  Then she tackled me 
which I was totally ready for.

After a 5 year break from knitting........which I still don't really understand, as I have knitted my whole life, I started again.

It feels like I never stopped, to be honest, and I am pleased to have found it again.

This photo makes the socks look like they are different lengths, and I had to go back and check them.  They are the same, it's the photo, thank goodness.

I think I will. be gifting everyone hand knitted socks for Christmas next year.

I did get back to some dyeing, and all this color is appreciated since most of this winter
has been gray and gloomy.  I long for those few and far between sunny days.

This will be a towel warp, coming up.

On the towel front, I just took 21 blue ones off the loom.

And I'm doing pink and white right now, and since these are really NOT my colors, I'll be super glad when they are done.

We are having high winds tonight, after a rainy, rainy day.  I am hoping that we don't lose
power, although it is very likely.

This was a very busy week, and a tough one in some ways.

But I've decided that I don't have a lonely life at all.   I do have a solitary one, much of the time, but it suits me, actually quite well.

We are headed towards spring, and it's a lovely thought, isn't it?

Welcome to my world.

Because every thread counts

Because every thread counts