What better way to start the weaving day than a visit with a cashmere goat? Yes, that's right!!! Linda brought her little guy in to meet the weavers this morning. Just think of all the lovely fiber goodness she's holding!
Now back to our scheduled program: Here's Ms. Ila. She has been a Tuesday Weaver since 2007. Her family moved to Oak Ridge in 1948 from Ragland, Alabama. Ms. Ila has three daughters, and they all weave! But, it was weaving on a knitter's loom that led her to the Center to learn to weave on a floor loom. She loves to weave scarves and shawls on her eight harness looms using fine threads, but she has many other looms at home to play with.
Ms. Ila knits, crochets, felts and sews.....a true fiber lover!!! She also makes us sweet treats that we never refuse!!!!
Lanny saw the sign by the highway that said "Weaving Classes." He stopped in and met Carol....that was in 2008. Lanny is also a lover of fine yarns for his scarves that he weaves. He was also born in Alabama, but has lived in Knoxville since 1963. He and his wife of 53 years have two sons, four grandsons and one granddaughter.
Lanny is very active in his church, which is the oldest one in Knoxville. He's presently on the committee to restore the stained glass windows in the church, and he conducts tours during the year to educate the community about the windows, and the grave yard on the church property. There are 3 U.S. Senators and one signer of the Declaration of Independence buried there.
Lanny and Ann have been to Scotland six times, and I think he's always looking forward to his next trip! Needless to say, he's also a big fan of the Outlander series: books and TV series. He bakes some splendid shortbread from time to time.
We love him even when he says, "Roll, Tide, Roll!"
We had six Steeplechase participants with seven scarves finished!!! There are more scarves coming in next week, I understand.
Carol got back just in time to see the results of our challenge! We're so glad she's safely back from the far north!!!
Tina was able to get the tension box on the front beam of the Macomber. Yes....that's an Inkle loom set up with the spool....you work with what you have!!!!
Sharon got back to work checking in the books that have been relocated. It might be time to get the next set of bookcases built! The good news is that she found two copies of the Rag Rug book...they had gone on a walk-about, it seems!!!
There's no better way to end the day than to cut off a finished warp! Right, Connie?????