This is my new friend Harriet, she is from Harrisville, but it took her a long time to get to me. She was born in 1979 and from the sound of it was rather neglected for much of her life. I found her up for adoption on Craigslist. A few of her parts were missing or rusted, her wood was dusty, stained and dry but her frame was in good shape.
When I got her home I took stock of what she needed: new brake spring, new reed, a bath, new apron ribbons, a few bolts and wingnut, new apron rods. Everything but the reed was easy to get at the local hardware store but the reeds had to be ordered. I got two new reeds (the part that beats down the threads as you weave) an 8 dent (that is 8 spaces per inch) and a 12 dent. I also sprung for a set of wheels (not pictured) so that I could easily roll her around when she is folded up and not in use. Oh yes, she FOLDS!
First I had to get her washed up with some warm water, Dr. Bronner’s soap, a terry cloth towel and some elbow grease. It is amazing what you can do with soap and water. Most of the dirt and stains came off with just washing and the few stubborn spots got a light sanding with some fine grit sandpaper. Once she was clean and dry I rubbed the wood down with Howard’s Feed-n-Wax wood conditioner. I did two passes with the Howard’s and probably could have done a third because the wood was so dried out. Once all her parts and pieces were cleaned or replaced I got my friend Stephanie to come help me get her warped up, my friend Mimi helped too, mostly as a peanut gallery but a very funny one.
The first project I am working on is a point twill pattern in some Trekking XXL sock yarn and a light grey alpaca from Tree Frog.
It is so nice to be weaving again! This is my first project since I took weaving at Davis, about 6-7 years ago now. After this I think I will turn out some dishtowels or a table runner. For now this project is destined to be a long skinny (8″) scarf. We have been so busy the last few weeks not a lot more has gotten woven but I am hopeful that I can get a good bit worked in this weekend.
I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. We don’t really celebrate Easter in a religious sense around our house but we do like to celebrate the joy of spring and things growing again in the garden. To celebrate I dyed some of the eggs from the chickens, because well I like to dye things, not much is really safe from being dyed around here, accept maybe the dog.
Aside from egg dyeing we had a pretty busy and productive weekend. I am most proud of what we got done in the yard. A month or so ago I liberated (with permission!) a smallish shipping pallet with about 15 inch board sides from the tile place near my work. Of course a month ago it was still too wet and cold to set up a planter box but this weekend finally its time came. Saturday, Will and I hit the hardware store and got some fine 1/8″ hardware cloth, two big bags of “organic” potting dirt and a bunch of herb starts (my seedlings all died).
The hardware cloth went in the pallet as a liner to keep the dirt in the box while letting the water drain out. Then of course went in the two bags of dirt and lastly I set in the herb starts. I put in Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Sage and Oregano. I put a lavender plant in a separate pot as they can get big.
Will put in the squash starts in the main garden plot. Now we just hope the chickens leave it all alone, so far so good but we’ll see.
The last fun thing I did was go to a book signing on Friday night with my friend Stephine at our local yarn shop, A Verb For Keeping Warm. The book is How to Knit A Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron. If you like romance novels head to your local book store and get a copy. Unlike many knitting themed novels this one is actually a good read, even if you are not a knitter and if you are then it is even more fun then your average modern time romance. Rachael herself is a very sweet and funny gal in person, Stephanie and I stayed a while afterward to sit and knit with her and a couple other folks including Kristine and Adrienne the awesome gals that own and run A Verb.
You can find out more about Rachael, her knitting and her writing at her blog Yarn-A-Go-Go.
There is lots more I did this weekend but I’ll save it for a later date. I’m off to play with yarn.
My version of Stephen West’s pattern Pogona in this yummy color way of Bugga, Blue Duke, from Sanguine Gryphon.
I will admit that while I have been knitting things, up until this project I had been in a bit of a knitting funk for the last month or two. The Wicked Lady Sweater has reached that stage where it is almost done and I am sooo done with it.
Now I am working on a Multnomah, also in Bugga. There is something to be said for these shawlets. They are much more interesting then a scarf but much quicker then a full shawl. I might have to start making them as gifts though, I mean how many can I really wear?