Sunday, June 19, 2022

Post vacation, nothing getting done...

Sunset in the tropics
 I've been back from our trip for a few weeks and honestly getting nothing done!!! I'll post here about the trip at some point... but still trying to wrap my head around the culture, the weaving,  and all that... I did come home with a number of ikat textiles that I'd like to mount on the wall; I found this article and I intend to follow it's instructions to safely attach velcro to the back of the ikat.

What I have been doing is:

  • I've started and restarted the back of the sweater I took to Indonesia with me several times, and I think now it's good... It's knitted flat in two pieces to the armhole then the rest is done on circs... I'll be knitting on that for awhile, although it is DK weight so maybe it'll be faster than I think. 
  • I went to my spinning guild meeting and spun more paper.
  • I'm taking a class in copying ready to wear, so I'm working through copying a Hawaiian shirt from Hilo Hatties.
  • I 3D printed a band weaving rigid heddle that I found on Thingiverse mostly because I was confounded as to how it works; I bought a book but haven't tried weaving with it yet.
  • I poked at my loom. Then walked away.
On the wine front, I do have a report on wine in Bali. Apparently there are of wine makers (Balinese, Antipodean, or European); some of the grape juice is brought in from other areas (I think primarily from Australia and New Zealand) but they are growing some grapes in Bali as well. We had a decent but not spectacular white with dinner at Warung in Uluwatu, and then tried a few more wines on the tour... At best, I'd suggest that they need a little more time to adapt their practices to the climate and terroir; at worst, I'd say "Just order the beer". The Bintang was nice.

For June, we're opening an Italian Soave... More on that once it's opened and tasted. 




Monday, April 25, 2022

Pre-vacation shoe lace waving


I'm getting ready to leave for a longish vacation... All my shopping is done and now we're sorting and waiting and not doing much until we can start packing. Honestly you'd think we'd never been on a vacation before. Of course I had to have new shoelaces for the shoes I'd intended to bring, but since they're not broken in enough, I will take other shoes. I think I need to acknowledge the calming power of making shoelaces during times of stress. Here's the laces!


I have almost finished the vest from Petit Point fabric but I don't like the way the armbands sit on the body... I'm still thinking about solutions. Meanwhile, here's a bad photo of it.

I've been knitting away on Sand and Sunsets but it's gotten too big to be vacation knitting; I'm probably 1/3 done? Meanwhile, I'm looking for a DK cotton knitting project for travel.

The rug on the loom is stalled. Don't ask.


The textile trip that was scheduled for July (not June and I'd thought) has been cancelled.  

On other fronts, I did finish marmalade and limoncello... And have planted tomatoes, basil  and cucumbers in the garden. There are 2 other tomato plants that I bought before I decided to rehome one of the many volunteers... they need spots this week.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Q1'22 finished things (4)

Did I honestly not publish this at the end of March??? Shame on me...

This is what I finished in Q1'22...

  • 5 yd warp from overshot departures class, including a bunch of samples, 3 1/4 yds of petit point and some plain weave samples using paper yarn as weft.
  • 2 card woven mask lanyards
  • An icelandic wool shawl

I also started a rug, started spinning a painted roving for a sweater, spun and plied more paper yarn, started a summer sweater, and have partially sewed together a vest from the 3 yds of petit point weaving from above. I also tried fitting a shirt for Scott and have stalled on it...

I'll hope to be spending nearly the entire month of May travelling so Q2 may not be that productive either... we'll see...

Here's the list from December; the green stuff is new. Wondering why the list didn't include the icelandic shawl? In green are things that are in process or new. In orange are things I want to finish or get substantially done in Q2.

  • Sewing
    • A vest from the Petit Point fabric (started)
    • Make a shirt from paper fabric
    • Sew up some of the fabric in the stash
    • Fit a pattern to Scott (started)
    • Make a shirt for Scott
  • Embroidery Machine
    • Figure out how to "machine quilt" strips and sew them together.
    • Green shirt
    • Blue sweatshirt
    • Another grocery bag, with embroidery
  • Spinning
    • Spin enough paper for a shirt (started)
    • New: Spin that colored roving
    • Spin silk for card weaving
    • Cotton
  • Band Weaving
    • Bands for the Petit point vest
    • Weave with handspun silk
    • Weave the the silk yarn in the studio
    • New! Shoelaces
  • Quilting
    • Finish the two Judy Niemeyer quilts
    • Duvet in lodge from marbled fabrics (quilt top to plain fabric, plain backing) (played with marbling)
    • Make some baby quilts to practice quilting techniques (craftsy)
  • Knitting
    • Summer sweater (started)
    • Cashmere sweater
    • Knit a yoked sweater from stash of fingering
    • Ann Zilboorg sweater
    • New: Dan Doh Shawl
  • Weaving
    • Keep working on ikat
    • Paper yardage
    • Rug for Main slider
    • Rug for entry and sliders at Lodge
    • Lodge bedroom rugs
    • Rag rug for guest laundry
    • Finish guest bath towels
    • Make Guest bath towels for lodge
    • Hand dyed tencel warp
  • Mosaic
    • Play with Paltiya.
    • Finish poppy table
    • New: table for lodge entry
  • Printing
    • Print some fabric and sew with it.
    • Print some cards 
      • raven from the 7 ravens
      • Christmas card: nutcracker
      • try multi-color again
  • Other
    • Fix the two needlepoint pillows that are falling apart. Decided to retire them
    • Marble panels for duvet
    • Explore my sewing machine
    • Take one class a month from Craftsy
    • SOAR
    • Stitches
    • Retreat
    • 2 textile trips
    • Don't forget the garden, processing garden produce, exercise to make me sleep, cooking for the two of us and tending the home wine cellar.
      • Made lemon marmalade and limoncello
Limoncello!


Thursday, March 31, 2022

Doldrums...

With the trip to DC and a familial visit, and some random stomach ailment, I haven't been getting much done. 

I actually finished something...
I did use my plane time to and from DC nearly finishing my shawl; then finished it right when I got back. It's blocked and drying... The fiber is a single strand of Icelandic wool, slightly felted, then natural dyed; DH brought me the kit from Iceland. it's a pretty straightforward garter shawl with slight Faroese shaping on the shoulders. I'm also working on a summer sweater using some yarn I bought in Florence; it's coming along nicely but it's a slow process.

Unhappy rug
On the weaving front...  The rug on the loom is unhappy. Or is making me unhappy.  Or maybe both. At any rate, I think it's sett too close, and since I can't make it wider (I'll run out of loom) I need to throw some threads off the back. I'm waiting until I'm ready for this. 

Meanwhile the project that appeals is a vest from some fabric I wove for a class and some lightweight commercial denim. It's also being problematic and I'm trying to work through it purposefully instead of winging it. Today I cut out the pieces and stabilized edges... I still need to cut out the lining. I have to put in a style line (in this context this means I screwed something up and am fixing it by putting a seam where a seam would not otherwise go) and want to add a horizontal in seam pocket! I'll need to sew a test.

I also bought some shoes that need custom shoelaces... Maybe soon...

One the subject of wine, we're currently drinking a white rioja (viura grapes); darn tasty with a mushroom risotto. It's not new to us but worthy of mention.





Thursday, March 17, 2022

New! Monthly wine challenge and lots of fiber stuff

I sat on my last post for almost a month, so the info is a little dated... I wrote this post last night so we are, dear reader, caught up. 

I've gotten a little burned out on the food challenge, plus some recent and annoying new discoveries about my digestive system has made cooking a lot less fun. Fortunately wine is still on the menu, and I'm going to try to find wines that I've never tried, don't recall trying, or wines I'm familiar with from regions I'm not familiar with. The cookbook challenge will likely reappear in the next couple of months.

December: 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera

Amarone is full bodied, raiseny, with high alcohol content. I've been trying to save it for the right meal but haven't figured out the pairing; so I just finally served it with some lamb. This one was just at the end of the recommended drinking window but really a delight to drink. I'll need more amarone in my life. This bottle, by the way, was brought to me from Europe by M, who suggested I drink it right away... but I cellar EVERYTHING so I've had it a few years. M, if you're reading this, Thank You! and let's schedule a VC.

Based on this experience, we opened another Amarone that had been in the cellar for quite a while; it's from Arizona and a friend of DH had brought it to us. I've frankly been avoiding it because I have doubts about the US southwest being a good wine region... Sadly it was way past prime...

January: 2009 Domaine de la Grenaudière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie La Grenouille

Muscadet is from the Loire Valley and made from melon de bourgogne grapes. It's light body, dry, crisp, and minerally. We subsequently went to out dinner and DH made me pick the wine pairing; I confidently choose a muscadet to go with some of the raw fish appetizers and it worked! Anyways, this varietal is a delight.

February: 2019 Sclavos-Zisimatos Vino di Sasso Robola of Cephalonia

There's more info that you can ever want in this article which gives details about how the grapes are grown and how the wine is made.  Robola is food friendly, with high acidity and good minerality, and almost always comes from Cepholonia.  They can pick up some of the notes you'd expect from an aged riesling if you let it cellar awhile... I bought more.

Sensing a theme here? Maybe that there's wine I haven't met but I haven't met a wine I don't like?  Anyways, I have a couple more wines bought already and I'm waiting impatiently for March.

On the fiber front, I've been jumping around a bit...

Tablet weaving: I made a couple of Egyptian Diagonal card woven mask lanyards; one for KC, and the other because I can't do a short warp on my current card loom.  I did well backing out issues with the first one (I make a lot of errors with card weaving); I started a second pattern and got it so screwed up I abandoned it and reset the deck to try again.  Then Monday I walked to the next town for breakfast and back for a total of 13 miles, and sat down after to finish off the warp. I'll admit to some trepidation since I was tired, but unbelievably wove it off without errors. I talked to KO about it later; we think that the errors we make card weaving happen when our minds wander, and when tired enough, my mind does not wander... At any rate, they're done and ready to gift.

Incidentally, Egyptian Diagonals is not an Egyptian technique. There's trim on garments in some of the ancient Egyptian reliefs with strong diagonal patterns that were suspected to have been card woven; Mary Meigs Atwater was able to reproduce that pattern via card weaving. Later examination of an actual textile fragment showed that it wasn't tablet weaving, but by that time the name had attached. Why do I bring up Atwater's name? I'm reading her biography right now and it's very interesting.

Weaving; I'm also almost done threading the rug that I've been working on for some time... I need to get a couple of smaller weaving things started as well but plan to be weaving on the rug this week.

Knitting: I've temporarily laid aside the shawl I was knitting but am working on the orange sweater; I've finished the right sleeve and started the body. 

Spinning; I'm taking a spinning class at Stitches West in a couple of weeks and needed to clear off some bobbins for it... So I plied the rest of the paper I'd spun. I also started that really big braid I won at SOAR; I divided the braid into color and will be doing a DK weight 3 ply. I'm also spinning up some singles of natural colored Zwartbles (almost black) as homework for my class; she says a bobbin full but what does that really mean? Anyways, aiming at DK weight 2 ply. I'm hoping to knit a DK weight sweater in the near future.

Other: I broke in the wet studio by doing some marbling. The Jacquard Marbling Kit I bought was a bust... The paint floated well on the marble sizing but didn't adhere well to the fabric... chaos ensured. I then switched over to some airbrush fabric ink and that worked well. I need to investigate what other folks are using, and develop a method of laying the fabric down that works better than what I was doing. Meanwhile it's nice to know that airbrush ink comes off the counters, the cabinets, the walls and the floor without issue.

A couple other notes... I read this statement on Joe Moorman's mosaic blog, which resonated with how I feel about making things.

By angels led, by demons driven. We are the lucky ones. We experience purpose at a physical level in our creative process.

And, M from the study group sent me a link to this publication by Alice Schlein on amalgamation (related to network drafting) which was pretty exciting. 



Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Ten Tales of Woe

Cotton warp, 
paper weft
I finally finished the warp I put on in September, saving 8 inches or so at the end for testing weaving with paper.  It survived wet finishing! I now have quite a few samples and 3+ yds of petit point that I intend for a vest. (Sorry, no photos of the petit point).  I did do some research on petit point. It's a treadling system to produce a patterned plain weave structure on one side of a fabric, and large floats on the other side; mine is an overshot pattern. It's similar to swivel, but swivel doesn't allow for repeated pattern pick. 

Now on to the Ten Tales of Woe.

  1. The shirt pattern for DH... The 36 is a little small but a preliminary fitting shows the 38 as too big. I talked it over with my friend B and the next step will be to widen the upper back on the 36 by adding a little fabric... I looked over DH's other shirts and it seems like there are two common ways of doing this on men's shirts; a box pleat in the center back or two small outward facing pleats at the shoulder blades. I'll have to take out the side seam, remove the sleeves and dissect the yoke and I'm not there yet.
  2. The vest for me... Two woes here. One, I need another 1/2 yard or so of fabric; it's not long enough. That's okay, though, I have some light weight denim which I can use for the sleeve bands and front bands, and add a band to the bottom of the vest as well. 
  3. But when I sewed the muslin, nothing fit right. Immediately I assumed there was a problem with the pattern but then quickly realized that this particular pattern maker would have fixed it by now... I went back to the paper I traced from and Hey! apparently now I can't trace a pattern. I need to redo this by next week.
  4. Not sure if I mentioned the two needlepoint pillows with the shredding backs. I've been meaning to recover these for year. So I ordered velvet and gave one of them a try. There's a knack to piping on needlepoint pillows and I don't have it. After some tears I decided to get rid of them. They had black mold on them (probably from living in a plastic bag). They're an awkward size. They spent years living in a bag in mom's closet, then in my closet too. I just pulled them out because I found the box. I think it's time to say goodbye.
  5. While I was in a getting rid of kinda mood, I threw away this woven piece I made a few years back, shaped on the loom. I've tried numerous times to do something with it that will make it attractive enough to graduate to my wardrode and it ain't gonna happen. 
  6. I tried to salvage some of the yarn from #5 (there were some knitted bits); it became a knotted mess. I evaluated; it's maybe 50 yards? Into the trash it went. Incidentally, when DH asked what I'd been doing that day his comment was "You mean it took you 6 hours to fill up one small bag of trash?" Yes, Darling Husband but it was an emotional 6 hours.
  7. There's a mistake in the shawl I was working on, about 4 rows back. They are SUPER long rows and I'm dreading pulling it out, but it's too obvious to leave...
  8. So I started a summer sweater with that orangey cotton I got in Florence... K and I are doing the same projects, mostly stash yarn. I had issues making gauge so ended up dropping down a size. I finished the short sleeve before I got around to finding a tape measure to check gauge in the round... Turns out in the round I'm right on gauge. Grrr. The sleeve fits, but probably not with a shirt underneath. So I've restarted the sleeve in the larger size. The good thing is that it's pretty fast going.
  9. The rug for the den slider... Well... I had warped up a good deal of it and ran out of one of the colors, which is weird because I had calculated it carefully... then realized I'd wound a slightly longer warp AND had gone by pattern inches not by thread count, which will yield a wider rug but needed more light blue yarn... Luckily they had the yarn in stock so it arrived quickly and I was able to keep winding.  Sadly the inches vs. threads thing affected heddle count so I stalled while waiting for more heddles to arrive.
  10. BTW, it's a bit over 1100 threads... Today I started to put the threads through the raddle and onto the apron rod, I realize that I have 2-3 inches too of one color sequence too many. So I would have had enough of the light blue without getting another cone.
I do have two projects on the spinning wheel but so far they're not causing woe. The mosaic is neglected and also not a problem. 
 
Result of the construction project and
the next major distraction

What is the common thread here? Between all this and the construction projects (and cleaning up the dust from them) I am distracted beyond belief and have found myself working on one project while thinking about another. I need to say "in the moment" and leave the mental planning for long walks or dedicated planning time. 






Friday, January 7, 2022

Things to do in 2022

Yes I have a talent for biting off more than I can chew; it's been a lifelong problem. Somehow I have problems accepting that there are only 24 hours in a day. I'm starting a list of things I'd like to do just to track them... We'll see what happens this year!
  • Sewing
    • A vest from the Petit Point fabric
    • Make a shirt from paper fabric
    • Sew up some of the fabric in the stash
    • Fit a pattern to Scott
    • Make a shirt for Scott
  • Embroidery Machine
    • Figure out how to "machine quilt" strips and sew them together.
    • Green shirt
    • sweatshirt
    • Another grocery bag, with embrodiery
  • Spinning
    • Spin enough paper for a shirt
    • Spin silk for card weaving
    • Cotton
  • Band Weaving
    • Bands for the Petit point vest
    • Weave with handspun silk
    • Weave the the silk yarn in the studio
  • Quilting
    • Finish the two Judy Niemeyer quilts
    • Duvet in lodge from marbled fabrics (quilt top to plain fabric, plain backing)
    • Make some baby quilts to practice quilting techniques (craftsy)
  • Knitting
    • Summer sweater
    • Cashmere sweater
    • Knit a yoked sweater from stash of fingering
    • Ann Zilboorg sweater
  • Weaving
    • Keep working on ikat
    • Paper yardage
    • Rug for Main slider
    • Rug for entry and sliders at Lodge
    • Lodge bedroom rugs
    • Rag rug for guest laundry
    • Finish guest bath towels
    • Make Guest bath towels for lodge
    • Hand dyed tencel warp
  • Mosaic
    • Play with Paltiya.
    • Finish poppy table
  • Printing
    • Print some fabric and sew with it.
    • Print some cards 
      • raven from the 7 ravens
      • Christmas card: nutcracker
      • try multi-color again
  • Other
    • Fix the two needlepoint pillows that are falling apart.
    • Marble panels for duvet
    • Explore my sewing machine
    • Take one class a month from Craftsy
    • SOAR
    • Stitches
    • Retreat
    • 2 textile trips
    • Don't forget the garden, processing garden produce, exercise to make me sleep, cooking for the two of us and tending the home wine cellar.