Friday, August 28, 2015

Water and Trees

When we go camping, we do our best to choose a site close to the stream that runs through the campground.   We do that for several reasons.

1.  The sound of the stream can put you right to sleep at night.  Who needs a fan?

2.  The sound of the stream wakes you up gently, and invites you to come out and play.  Who needs an alarm clock?

3.  The first light of the day dances off of the rippling stream in such a way that it is a perfect companion to my morning coffee.  Who needs the news?

 4. The cold mountain stream is the perfect place to chill my tired legs after a 5 mile morning hike.  Who needs ice?

Now don't get me wrong, I do not swim in this ice cold water like my dear husband does, but it is really quite refreshing after those long hikes.

Speaking of long hikes, we decided for our second day to see if we could find some of the old growth trees that are rumored to be past  Laurel Falls, on the same trail, just a mile or 2 further up and in.

It didn't take us long to find them,  They just kept getting bigger and bigger!

Easily 3 or 4 times the size of the trees you normally find in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  It was amazing, and really quite accessible, you just keep going gently up the trail, and they reveal themselves to you as you walk.
We knew that we were not planning to take the trail all the way to the Walker Sisters cabin, that would be for another day.  So, when we met a hiker coming back down the trail, and he was quick to warn us about a juvenile bear on the trail,  about 20 minutes further up.  We thanked him and proceeded another 10 minutes or so, but we felt it was better to leave that young bear to his acorns, after all the bears are preparing for their winter hibernation.

We turned and made our way downhill to the trail head, and while the hike was the same 5 miles that the previous days hike was, the last half of this hike was all down hill.  That makes a huge difference!

We only got 1 camping trip in this year, but we made the best of it.  I believe it was our very first camping trip with no rain!  Not only does that make the camping more fun, but putting everything away once you get home is so much easier!

I finished the pink pair of booties, but I haven't taken any pictures yet, maybe for next week.

Until then, Happy Crafting, Tina

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Use It Up!

  For the last several years, every time I stripped a pair of jeans to use for rugs, I cut out the inseam and the outer leg seam.  I tied them in a bundle and put them in a box or a basket that was handy.  And now......
My box floweth over!
  Actually, I don't think this is all I have....I think there's another box downstairs.
  My thought was that they would be good to use in a rug....but, I didn't want to mix them with regular jean strips.  I found some #18 sewing needles, and I think it's time to start joining the strips together using a zigzag stitch.  We just about have uses for every part of a pair of jeans!!!
  I'll keep you updated.
  I'm still moving a little slow since the smack down last week.  I learned quickly to take it easy...these summer colds are MEAN!!!!  I found this stash when I attempted to clean out a closet.  But, this is something I can tackle a little at a time. 
  Can you believe it's eleven days until Labor Day?   Where did the summer go?

Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weaving & Catching Up

  It was back to our weaving this morning as we each found a moment to welcome Carol back from her trip.  She quickly got the bags of flour distributed to waiting weavers....that means we have a lot of happy bakers now, too.

Speaking of bakers...Ms. Ila baked a loaf of zucchini bread that was well received!
  Just ask Bonnie!

  Christy provided us with a learning moment this morning.  She had a cone of thread and needed to know how many yards she had.  Out came the McMorran Yarn Balance!  Such a simple, yet elegant tool!  It's not too often that you see it in action.

  As you can see, this corner of the room contained busy weavers.  Carl is sure that he will finish his warp next Tuesday.  That means we'll be tying fringes Tuesday afternoon!!!

  Carl has already asked Pat to wind a new warp for the Barn Loom, and he even showed her the wool he wants to use.  That means she'll pull out the warping mill and wind a LONG warp!!!!

  Marie  got her bookkeeping done, and added the new inventory to the list.  Then it's time to catch up with friends.

   Sharon and Lanny are adding to our placemat inventory.  With our Fall sales coming up, they will come in handy!

A quick glance around the Studio will show the other weaving projects in the works.  Our Lindas are working on painted scarf warps.  I'm sure they will be doing more painted scarf warps on our next Dye Day.

 Anna brought her project to work on today.  This twill runner will be a special gift. 

  The napkin warp on the Macomber is threaded, which means that the reed will get sleyed next week.  As soon as the treadles are tied up, it will be good to go!

  As always, there is so much going on in the Studio!

Weaving with your is good!

Happy Weaving!

Monday, August 24, 2015


I'm home!! 
Pulled into the driveway about 3pm on Friday after taking my time driving back south. 
It's kind of fun to be driving near some interesting places that you just "have" to stop by. InWeave is only barely 20 minutes off the interstate in Iowa so why not stop and pick up more selvedges to wear into rugs? That was Wednesday. Then I stopped driving early because Thursday I wanted to swing by Missouri Star Quilt Company and I had to time it so that I was going by when it was open. Good thing it opened at 9am. The purple bags are from there. That shop is amazing! It's actually 6 shops and they're working on more. They've taken over the town of Hamilton which is where JC Penney was from. It's a destination shop. I saw cars there from as far away as Texas. Great way to spend a morning but meant it took 4 days instead of 3 to get home.
The bottom layer of bags in the car are flour. Yes, Canadian flour is much better than the flour down here for baking bread and I have friends that want it. Customs isn't even surprised anymore when I come through with my load. In fact, this time he just said that a lot of people bring it down. Got Red Rose tea, too...
So now I'm unpacking and trying to get back into the swing of things. I have a warp on the loom from before I left. I'm about to go thread it and maybe even start to weave it today. It's going to be another busy week.
I had a blast on my summer vacation and look forward to going again next year. Plans are already being formed for it.
So, back to reality and glad to be throwing my shuttle again!
Until next week, keep weaving.

Friday, August 21, 2015

FO finally!

Last week, just after I had posted about that cute little handspun baby sock I had just finished, I started the second sock.  Only to find that my handspun yarn is not consistent enough to have the first sock match the second sock.
So, I grabbed up some blue sock yarn and immediately started the second first sock!  I have to say that this second first sock went much quicker than the first first sock.  Probably because I knew the pattern so well.

The first second sock went well, in fact I can tell that I had relaxed just a little bit by then so it is just a little bit bigger than the second first sock, but I was not taking it out!  It's a baby sock for cryin out loud!

Anyway, I knitted my little fingers to the bone getting these cuties ready to go by Monday night.  (Thankfully not Sunday night as I had earlier thought!)  Monday afternoon, I was weaving in the cute little ends and steam blocking the little handfuls.  I was certainly impressed by how the steam relaxed the socks so that I could give them a few good stretches to get the kinks out.  I never really thought that steam pressing was good enough, but in a pinch I think it is fine.

Monday night, the new mom was so excited about the home made baby socks.  I took a quick peek and the new baby feet and decided that the socks would fit for several months yet.  Yay!  Now to work on the next pair, this  time in a pink color.

Not much else to share really, I have almost finished another blue jean placemat for the placemat challenge, bringing my grand total to almost 3 of 12, I know pitiful!  I have done a little weaving on the napkins, but I am doing it as yardage, so I haven't a clue how much I have done.  The other 2 looms have not been touched.  I asked my 90 year old Mother in law if she had any "get up and go"  she could lend me.  She told me that it got up and went a long time ago!  :)

I will be camping next week, so I will miss the fun on Tuesday, and I am not sure I will have anything to post next friday.  I'll bring my camera though, just in case.

Until next time, Happy Crafting, Tina

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rainy Day Blues


  I've made a little more headway on the huck placemats....but, not as much as I'd like!  A little late summer cold seems to have given me the smack-down for the last 24 hours.  All I really want to do is snuggle up in bed! 

  And, it would seem that the weather agrees with that prescription, too.  We have had stormy weather for the last 24 hours.

  I sure wish we could have sent the West coast some of this rain!  I don't think we need all three, we are getting more rain today!

  I think the wise thing to do would be go with the flow, and let this little cold run its course.  I have a kitty or two that will snuggle with me....and, just maybe I'll do a little knitting.

Happy Weaving!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Business As Usual

The Studio is the perfect place to be on a cloudy, rainy day!  The Weavers just get down to the business at hand:  Roz is up and running with the placemat warp, while Bonnie is making good time with that painted shawl warp.

  As usual, Ms. Ila is making a fashion statement while she weaves away on her painted shawl warp.

  Lanny continues to make progress on the black placemat warp.  Those will be great for the Fall sales.

  Jocelyn's placemats have a holiday look with that added little bit of bling.  They will be great for the Fall sales, too.

  Frieda is weaving a clasp weave scarf on the rigid heddle.  We were really glad that Charlotte could join us today!

  Carl has enough warp left for one more rug.  Harriet sat down to help him get the blue jean strips cut for the last rug.

  Marie knew just where that piece should go!  Pat, Charlotte, Darlene and Tina were busy solving the puzzle of the rigid heddle. 

   Pat also put the tapestry loom back together to show Sharon how it worked.

  Tina gave a short lesson  on weaving on the Kumihimo loom.  We have a few folks that are interested in this unique way to weave cords.

  Please give a warm welcome to our newest weaver, Elysia.  She just finished taking a weaving class at Arrowmont, and she caught the weaving bug. 
  We're glad she can join us here at the Center.

Carol should be back with us next week....we wish her a safe journey home!!!

Happy Weaving!