Dec 30, 2017

WEAVY 1 and New Dog

Weaving status as of end of 2017-- 
Looms: Medium size Hokett 8dpi; Large Hokett, 6dpi; Schacht Rigid Heddle 25"; Mirrix Little Brother 12"; Mirrix Big Sister 16"; Norwood Workshop Floor Loom, 4 shaft, direct tie-up; Tools of the Trade (TOTT) 26" 4 shaft, 6 treadle; and now a Louet Erica 4 shaft 30cm Table Loom. 
I love my looms, all of them. I've sold a few, a 20" Ashford Knitter's Loom, a Medium Hokett 6dpi. I plan to sell the Norwood, Schacht and possibly the smaller Mirrix soon. 
I also plan to acquire an 8 shaft 24" Baby Mac from a friend, and possibly will sell the TOTT though I'm on the fence about that. 

Pics below show the TOTT set up with a live weight tensioning system I saw in a blog post by  Tien Chiu . The mechanics of using small weights and an even smaller counterweight to tension the warp beam by simple friction work well.

I bought the small weights from Play It Again Sports, they're used and cost only twenty five cents a pound... 

The live weight system works so much better than the puny ratchet brake on the loom. I can advance the warp easily from the bench. The TOTT was originally a table loom, rebuilt by the builder to accommodate lamms and treadles. I bought it used from a seller in No. Haverhill, NH. I replaced the cords and chains with Texsolve, added a few hundred new inserted eye heddles. 
Huck Mug Rugs, carpet warp

My Christmas present shown below, bought with my Christmas bonus (thank you, Cathleen) was a brand new Louet Erica table loom kit, straight from Holland. It's a new model for them, and this was from their first North American shipment. I ordered it through the Lone Star Loom Room in Houston, TX (though Louet, NA shipped it direct to Kennebunk).
It took most of a day to finish with wax and then build. It's a sweet little loom, I ordered the two extra shafts, and am glad I did. It was super easy to warp back to front with the built in raddle.

I warped it with 8/4 carpet warp for Krokbragd mug rugs using a draft and instructions by Jane Patrick from Interweave, Pattern in Twill on Only Three Shafts, 2001.  

 My sweet Jackson went to sleep in June, 2017, after contracting cancer.  Summer was a blur, I wandered aimlessly, no reason to go home, no one to share walks, meals, mornings, evenings. Bad time. He was so special--

But at the end of August I met my new puppy, Gatsby. He was a recent arrival at the Animal Refuge of Greater Portland, a sato from Puerto Rico. He's a bit less than a year old, sweet, mischievous, smart and little. So flexible and agile. The second night, he crawled up onto my bed and right into my heart.

So lucky am I.

Gatsby At the River

Gatsby Bundled up 

Jan 30, 2017

End of January 2017

I just can't write about Trump, it's too much. He's so much worse in reality than anyone thought. This has been such a stressful week for millions of people. Millions. We are in deep, deep shit. Own it, trumpettes, you have fucked America. We aren't who we think we are. Donald Trump’s first week in office, he signed a number of executive orders that shifted policies on health care, immigration, oil, reproductive rights, federal hiring and trade. He effectively shut down immigration of Muslims in particular until stopped by the ACLU. He gagged the EPA scientists and the National Park Service. Not my President, never my president. SSSH.

Fellow Women's Marcher Diane Denk
What else? Well, knitting... 
The yellow is Classic Wool, Grey Marl, dyed (by me). LOVE acid yellow with grey.

Other stuff recently finished...
Pivot Cowl

Squad Mitts

Last Pussyhat

Last Pussyhat on the way

detail pivot garter st

Langfield Hat

 Adventuresinseeing class--#calltoadventure4
Lastly, a bit of the tablet band within a woven fabric for the guild study group Wednesday.

Jan 26, 2017

2017 January

 Gertrude May Thompson Healey 
I'm dedicating 2017 to my grandmother, born in 1878 near Boston, likely Jamaica Plain. One hundred years ago she was married and had two children, 14-year Dorothy and 11-year old Constance.  Her son Robert, my father, was born in 1918.
This picture was taken after she married my grandfather Rolla. At this moment, she had much of her life still ahead of her... and it would be more than 20 years before she would have the right to vote in the United States. Amazing. She was my hero.

#Pussyhat Project 
Trump's term of office has begun as expected--inhabited by that vain, insecure, lying, empty-headed narcissist who knows nothing--less than nothing--about decency, the country he was elected to lead, or anything else. He is not my president. We are well and truly fucked, all of us. The hatred, the lack of integrity, the foolishness of his world view is astounding. I believe America has tipped over the edge with talk of "alternative facts" and administrative policies that are poorly researched and will set us, people and living creatures and our environment back for years and years. I don't have that long to live, ten, maybe fifteen years?, and part of me just doesn't care. But I pledge to ensure every. single. trump. supporter. owns. his/her. actions. The Women's Marches and protests across the WORLD were astounding. I wish I lived in another country, I wish it. But since I'm here I will fight.

Hat number one that 1 mailed to Washington DC

My sweet old puppy, going grey. Like me. I love this little dog so much! Born in Sept 2004 in Louisiana.