Well, I may have promised, but if you think about it, she was made to work with the chains, and it was probably for a reason. There was a lot less popping up of shafts up over her top, and a lot more even rising of the shafts in general. I did make a treadling error that I don't feel like fixing right now, so she sits idle, but I confess that I like the chains!
What I have been doing for the last two frigid, snowy days is knitting. I started out knitting socks for my sister. You may recall that a week before Christmas, she asked for a pair of socks. Hand knitted, ready in a week, minus the trip from my house to hers. Obviously, my sister doesn't knit! I have made steady progress on them, though, since then. I had a ball of Noro sock yarn, and my mother had one she'd started some socks with, but torn out when she didn't like them. They're the same colorway, but of course with Noro, it never looks the same. I like the lace pattern, and I like that the colors appear in each sock, though not in the same order. I hope she'll like them. She's a hard one to please!
And yesterday, I sampled with some black chenille to make a new sweater for myself. You see, I had two large cones of black chenille, and then received another in our holiday party gift exchange. Well, I've always wanted a black chenille sweater, and found a lovely pattern in Knit Wear (see the photo in yesterday's blog). I sampled a few different needle sizes and gauges, and started the sweater yesterday afternoon while watching the new Sherlock Holmes series. That's black mohair on the cuff. I thought it might make it a little sassier.
After the chenille made my hands sore, I switched to a sweater I began last winter, another pattern from Knit Wear. I didn't like the way the stripes differ on the sleeves from the body of the sweater, which is why I put it aside this past year, but I want to finish it. It's soft--cotton, silk and rayon--and I want to wear it before this crazy cold weather is replaced by crazy hot weather this summer.
I will face the problems in the loominaria soon, but knitting and cold weather go together well, with a lap full of cats and my feet in a down comforter. It's supposed to be all the way into the 50's this weekend, and maybe the looms will be ready for me and I for them. Until then, stay warm, be safe and happy weaving!