Anything new?

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Well, I singlehandedly (why am I so stubbornly insisting on wrecking myself?) dismembered our couch, flipped the two sides again since we haven’t yet found a new one with two short ends, and rearranged things to accomodate the tapestry loom, which was rendered useless in the loom room after the beast moved in. My painting station is now a bit less attractive than before, but since the living room is my stoodio more than anything else, it’ll never be pretty anyway. Mind you, before I started attempting to paint again, and spinning, only the dogs ever used the room and the sofa.

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It took me all day and all I did the rest of the week was moan; but now the Gobelin is warped with 6 meters of practice warp, just ready to go when I feel like trying out a technique I’ve seen or some weird idea of my own. I already learned a ton from the process, which parts of the manual not to skip, how to tie leashes and subsequently that the leash yarn already on the loom is simply too thick for the job, and, as I already knew but tried to ignore, 12/9 seine twine is also too thick for warp at a 3epcm sett with the yarns I want to use. I can cut off and resett later if I get too annoyed. It probably would have been great for leashes! But now I’m out of stock. 😉

Whether I’ll get into it more than last year’s attempt or find out that my heart is with the more functional fabric weaving really doesn’t matter much, it’s all process and it’s all good. And I don’t stub my toes as much up in the loom room.

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Otherwise, mostly practical, boring things are getting done. And now that spring is threatening to catch up with us, I better arrange a couple of garden days soon to get old perennials chopped down and that sort of thing. I haven’t started any seeds or made plans this year either. Perhaps some other time, it’s going to take a lot of PT to get me fit enough. On a positive note, I seem to get fewer crunchy sounds from my back when doing my training!

Hannibal helping me wait for the farrier
Hannibal helping me wait for the farrier

As for that decision, tooth or 2nd warp beam? Well, 2 days later, the washing machine went on the blink. And the car seems to have some unknown vibrational issues….

Other little joys:

It’s becoming the kind of weather that I can put my laundry outside; dry, sunny, although still pretty chilly.

I’ve managed to keep my desk uncluttered for two weeks.

I’ve got some awesome fabric ideas in my head – I just need more yarn… Turning away from woolly thoughts onto SUMMER. Can’t decide how thin it needs to be though.

I’m sortof managing to read a weaving book in German.

Sun and daylight.

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And wee flowers.

The ponies are shedding like mad. Oh wait, that’s not so joyful, it’s a lot of work actually. But they do enjoy the extra scritchies.

Ponies waiting patiently for farrier.

My experimental herringbone fabric washed up well enough for me to continue with the series. Stay tuned.

New books. Except the one that got drenched in coffee before even being opened, but that was just the 8 shaft weaving drafts I’ve coveted since last summer… I’m blaming ↓

And now Chico says go for walk. Perhaps that’ll quiet him down, the silence and the cats are scaring him a bit, so he’s been yipping away all morning. He’s nearly too big for the cat bed now!

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14 thoughts on “Anything new?

  1. Spring, Spring, Spring … Godt at høre fra dig igen. Ja ting har en tendens til at gå i stykker i klumper. Har jeg nogensinde anbefalet dig at læse “Inanimate Objection”? En gaammel short story … ellers være det hermed gjort.
    Jeg håber, du nyder foråret, hvor ideer og blomster pibler frem, og Glæder mig til næste afsnit i din uendelige historie 🙂

    1. Det har du faktisk. Og jeg læste den endda, men den gjorde åbenbart ikke voldsomt indtryk (eller også læste jeg for meget lige på det tidspunkt), for jeg har faktisk glemt den igen. Vaskemaskinen var dog undskyldt, den var fra 98, så er det ok at blive lidt vrangvillig.

      Den uendelige historie fortsætter lige om lidt, jeg trængte bare til en lidt gennemgående oprydning og organisering af diverse udstyr og tilbehør, så jeg kan koncentrere mig bedre om den kreative del. Jeg skylder vist også et kapitel om 177 søm!

      1. Stakkels min hukommelse, og stakkesl, gamle vaskemaskine. Vores gamle var i farver 🙂 og opgav ånden i 2008 (den var fra 1999). Men vores vaskemaskiner bliver altså også udsat for et voldsomt slid.
        Hvis jeg først skulle blogge, når jeg havde ryddet op – også kun i de kreative gemmer, blev det vist først om adskillige år. Historien om de 177 søm må vi glæde os til. Jeg er i gang på havefronten, selvom det altså er alt for koldt i dag.

        1. Det er ultrakoldt i dag, ingen have til mig, tak.

          Det er ikke så meget blogskrivning der halter, når jeg får rod på hjernen, men derimod færdige projekter at fortælle om. Der gik ged i pindsvinet fordi træet var for mørt, så jeg skal lige have fundet noget nyt.

          Men nu har jeg igen plads til at lave både det ene og det andet.

  2. Spring does throw us into a flurry of activity! I think having your ” tools of the trade”, by way of loom, spinning wheels,and painting materials, in the living room, is a good idea. Why not decorate the room we these things and have them handy? The picture of winter aconite reminded me of the ones we have planted here, but it will still be a while before we see them. Still about 3 ft of snow. I love their intense yellow, early in the season , when color really helps lift the bleakness of winter. Will love seeing what creations come from your new loom, hope you’ll keep us posted. Happy spring!

        1. I somehow regret it too – the excuse to stay indoors by the fire, just yarning away all day, getting those books read etc.

  3. That room looks wonderful to me – I love a space so filled with creativity and craft that the sofas and tables are secondary. Have fun with your garden!

    1. It’s funny how I actually like beautiful houses, rooms, furniture (not necessarily modern), but it always becomes my lowest priority when choosing between that and entertainment. As I’m living with someone who can’t see the difference between a vase and a plastic soda bottle I could have things exactly my way, but it would also go unappreciated. 😉

    1. Good to see you around! I certainly remember you, in fact I wore your grey scarf the other day. I’ve been too tired to get into my intended buttony projects this winter (lots of back pain = no concentration), but they are still on my list. It’s simply the matter of my ideas flying so much faster than my hands and real life,

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