Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Going home!

Tomorrow is my last day in the rehab center after back surgery. I have been here 28 days. Long enough, don't you think? Looking back I have come a long way. I have gone from having to have a person on either side of me to help me walk to being able to walk by myself using a hiking stick. I feel pretty good about that! I still have a long way to go but I believe I will get there.

Next I will be waiting to see what I won't be able to do ever again. I am pretty sure I won't be picking up bales of hay with one hand anymore and maybe no more picking up goats. I always considered myself strong. Guess we all have to face, sometime, that our bodies are getting older and someday we have to stop doing things that our bodies just can't do anymore. It is hard to think about giving up things. I just hope weaving isn't one of those things! So for now I will concentrate on getting better. As for the future? That remains to be seen.

So, to my weaving friends, keep posting pictures. I enjoy seeing the projects you are working on! Hoping that soon I will be able to see those projects in person!

Until next time,

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I escaped!

Well only for a little while. My occupational therapist was teaching me how to get in and out of the car without twisting and only using one hand. Evidently I did well because she mentioned to my husband that we should go for a drive! After signing me out we went out for ice cream. I didn't want to go too far so we went to a place not far from here. Driving on bumpy roads after back surgery is awful! I found that out when I had a doctor's appointment a few days ago. It was pretty warm out today and I have to say it sure felt good to be out in the fresh air for a while. Something I haven't done in a few weeks now.

Having shoulder surgery then back surgery a few weeks later really has given me some insight to people who are handicapped. These days people can be distracted with their phones or whatever is on their minds that they don't take the time to notice their surroundings. I have been in stores and other places where handicapped people are treated like they are invisible.  I am not just talking about me. I have seen things in stores that made me want to go talk to people who will come up behind someone in a walker and zip around them startling the handicapped person.  I have seen many other things too that I won't go into here. My point is this. Please think about the handicapped and how your actions might affect them. Okay getting off my soap box now.

The temperatures here were in the mid 60's today! What happened to winter? 

Until next time,

Monday, January 9, 2017

what is new around here

I have been thinking about what to write here for weeks. Okay, more like months. The truth is I haven't woven in a long time. It all started with a pain in my shoulder.
Two cortisone shots, exercises done at home and an MRI later I find out I need surgery. Among other things I was told my bicep needed to be reattached! It wouldn't have been so bad had it been my left shoulder but you see, I am right handed! My arm needed to be in a sling post surgery for a month. then I was told I can't use it for four months. That will be the end of March!

Then about five weeks post op I find I have a herniated disk. If you have ever experienced this then you know how awful the pain can be especially when it travels down a leg! More surgery. How can one person fall apart so quickly? Suddenly I feel old. Very very old! 

I am now at a rehab center trying to get some strength in my left leg and to learn to get by with my restrictions. On the good side I have one good arm and one good leg, right? The hard part is feeling so helpless at times. Have you ever gotten into a recliner ( just have to get out of the wheel chair for a while) and then realize the lever is on the wrong side? Then to top it off I have to ask someone to make it recline and then to come back to help me sit back up! Now I know how a beached whale feels!

I am not telling you this so that you will feel sorry for me. Not at all! I just wanted you all to know where I have disappeared to and that I won't have any weaving to show for a while. 

So until you hear from me again I will be here in rehab exercising and progressing every day, reading, doing crossword puzzles and keeping up with other weavers either through their blogs or on facebook. If I can't weave at least I can see the beautiful work of other weavers! Right? I may be down for a while but all this is temporary! So I will focus on the good and try to keep a good sense of humor. ( I am trying to picture myself with one Popeye arm. :)

Until next time.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Around the studio

I wish you could smell these flowers! We have them growing in a couple of places. This time of year they smell wonderful! They are a fall blooming clematis.

Another thing I tried growing again this year is cotton. I don't have a lot of plants and these are growing in a large pot on our deck. This is what I found this week.

The Lervad #2 has been empty for a couple of years and long past due for a warp.  It is the prettiest loom I have ever seen! I decided to put on a warp for a couple of walker bags. I have since woven it off but I didn't take a picture of the finished product. Here are pictures of the loom.

Isn't it pretty? It has ties to the Hull House in Chicago. I am not sure how old it is but it is old. It was made by Anders Lervad. When I first saw the ad for this loom many years ago I thought it was too narrow but that night I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wonder how many are still around. There are some that are black with beautiful carving on it but this one does not have carving. I wish it did.

Well that is all I have for now. Until next time.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Finnian goes on a field trip!

Several of the Tuesday Weavers { loomy tunes blog} have asked me about my two new cashmere goats so yesterday I decided they needed to see one in person. Finnian was acting shy even though he is very friendly and likes people. When people first came up to him he turned his head around and lied it on my chest! Silly goat!

When we got back home my husband met me on the porch and asked me if Finnian would like to visit and elderly woman we know. Sure! So we got back in the van and headed there. They both enjoyed the visit. Hmmm, maybe Finnian has a future in visiting places like nursing homes etc.

I have been weaving several scarves. I used the book The Weaver's Idea Book by Jane Patrick. I have been wanting to try out some of her patterns. This one is on page 25, #8 It has a different look on each side. I really like how this one turned out!

Another thing I tried was a sample using a variegated singles wool yarn as warp and weft on the rigid heddle loom. I thought if I used it on this loom that it would be gentler on the warp. Even though this yarn is very nice I would never use it as warp again. It was loosely spun and was almost like very thin roving. I found on the outside warp threads that it shreaded. I spent more time trying to fix the problem than I was weaving it. The unexpected thing was that it puckered when taken off the loom making a very interesting pattern in the sample. I think it would make a very nice scarf if it wasn't so difficult to weave with. The next sample I used lesser tension but I still didn't like weaving with it. The puckers were not as noticable on that one.

What do you think of it? Can you see the puckers? It is a nice effect!

Until next time.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Drama on the farm

For one week my herd queen Ginger harrassed Finnian. He was one miserable goat. I made the decision to buy another cashmere goat from Mountain Hollow Farm. Meet Seamus,

It almost looks like he is smiling! He was chewing his cud. He is only one year old. Even though they were from the same farm he and Finnian had never met. The minute Finnian saw Seamus he cried sounds of joy. He was so happy to see another goat that looked like him! It didn't take long for them to be best friends. Every time Finnian lost sight of Seamus he would cry. Seamus would go up to him and put his head on Finnian's head. It was so cute to watch!

These were handled when young and are the sweetest goats! They like to come up to me for some petting and head scratching. I am really enjoying having them on the farm and I am really looking forward to seeing what wool they give me in the spring.

Until next time,


Monday, June 27, 2016

It's show time!

As some of my followers already know getting ready for a show is a lot of work. After all the weaving is done there are fringes to twist, washing of some items, measuring, tagging, pricing and boxing up. Then all the boxes and display items have to be loaded into the van, unloaded and carted into the show. After that, reboxing, loading and putting away what did not sell back to the studio. Hopefully I will take home a lot less than I took. Then there is the book keeping.

I like to demonstrate weaving while in my booth. It can really help the day pass by especially when the shoppers are less and the show is not over yet. People only get to see the weaving. They don't know all the preparation work that is involved before the weaving can begin. Some think items are too expensive while others appreciate all that goes into each item.

My favorite part of sitting in my booth is meeting people. I frequently hear comments like, "I did that in college" or "I did that a long time ago but then I had children. I wish I could get back into it." I always tell them about the Appalachian Arts and Craft Center and about Carol who gives lessons. Hopefully she will have more new students.

Here is a picture of my partially loaded van.

I have been breeding Nigora goats for a few years now. My goal is to get only goats who can be combed and produce cashmere wool. For the last year I have been thinking about getting a true cashmere goat from Mountain Hollow Farm in Tazewell, Tn. She sells black ones and silver ones. Recently I saw, on facebook, a picture of a goat kid with the caption, life is short. Buy the goat! So I did! He is adorable and has such a sweet disposition! Here is a picture of him before I brought him home.

Isn't he cute? The other goats don't think much of him but hopefully that will change soon.                                                                                                                                                 

Until next time,