Wednesday, December 25, 2013

All is Calm

Is this the right Weft for this warp?
I have spent the last 3 hours winding a new warp onto Jenny, drinking cocoa and eating leftover cookies from my neighbors' boxes.  Remember, cookies have eggs and butter and flour, the same ingredients as toast.  Perfect breakfast!
  As the sun comes up, I'm ready to thread heddles, and am so excited about this new warp.  Gifts are done and being opened.  Everyone else has been thought of prior to today, and this lovely day off is mine, all mine!  When this warp is threaded and ready, I'll either start it, or finish the black Huck lace warp on Tootsie.  I might cut fleece into strips to finish the shag rug warp on Jennifer.  I might knit my new cowl.  I might take a nap.  Ah, the possibilities!  Sloth or industry?  Maybe a little of both?
  This year has been challenging for me, and I'm ready to send it off into history.  I have high hopes for 2014, lots of wishes and prayers and wonders.  Dear Readers, I hope your day is wonderful, full of love and friendship and doing whatever you want to do.
Peace and love,
Maggie, Leo, Weftie and Bella

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Time at Home

 I was so happy to have yesterday off, with no obligations, that I worked just as hard as if I'd been at work!  And make cake, bagels, soup and stock.  Yes, quite a day off!
  But I also knitted and wove a little.  I'd love to show you photos of the knitting, but it's close to Christmas and folks who read my blog would all be wondering what's for them. 
 And that's no fun, is it?  I think what I love most about the holidays is the constant wonder, of what's next, what's for whom, who's giving me what, how things I'm making will be received.  It's all lovely, painful suspense. 

 The pattern on Tootsie is coming along quickly and looking good.  I've had some problems with the proximity of her brake to treadle 3, but I've found that if I treadle softly, they can co-exist.  That should be a slogan, don't you think?  Treadle Softly and Co-Exist.  Great bumper sticker!
  As I listen to Christmas jazz on Spotify and weave merrily along, I'm surprised to see my constant progress indicated by the measuring tape, but then sneak a peek behind and find so much more warp to go!  I might learn from my friends who wind small warps and finish things quickly, but then I'd spend more time winding warps and less time weaving.  I'll just have to find more recipients for these table runners.  Any volunteers out there?