Monday, November 9, 2009

Finding my beat

I have six inches woven on my Color Study! That's exciting for me!

My realization that I've had my loom for several years (possibly 6 years) and I'm still having trouble finding my beat makes me hesitant with any project.

With my last project, a variegated twill, I had trouble keeping the beat light enough - on this, plain weave project I'm really trying to slam that reed into the weaving.

My first two inches were about 20ppi, the next two were 23ppi. - Sigh - If I were more anal about this, I'd take the whole thing out and start over. However, I just want to make sure my squares are... square. From there, the rest is "character."

My husband has been going to bed early, because he wakes up early... He's been having a lot of trouble with his knee, and I think that tires him out... So, tonight, I have time to weave at 9pm... I try to weave as quietly as possible... but I know my loom makes a racket.

My next loom will be a dainty little thing, so I can weave long into the night.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Treatment Plan

It's fun to connect with other weavers online. I was one of "the chosen" to get a Google Wave invite last month... I set up a Google Wave Weavers' Guild, with a little help from Janet with the name.

Chatting with several Weavers was really motivational!

I actually got back to my loom room, ignoring my main excuse: an incessant dog.

Madison actually did quite well. She sighed heavily and whimpered occasionally, that I wasn't paying copious amounts of attention to her charming personality. You see, two weeks ago... we made the decision to start her on Prozac. The separation anxiety (even when we were RIGHT THERE) was horrible. She wouldn't go upstairs by herself... and now, she's started going to bed by herself at night. The plan is to start her on Prozac and keep her on it while she settles into her new home, and we can work on some
behavior problems.... then weaning her back off again eventually.

Okay, so this isn't a blog about my dog... but things are looking up.

I was able to get the last bit of warp threaded, and then everything sleyed and tied on! I'm so excited to get this project going! I've been coveting the Color Study Blanket for years... and I finally have the warp ready to go!

I can't believe that tomorrow is Monday already. I'm ready for another day at home with my loom! I can work in some time tomorrow afternoon, maybe - though Madison and I should cram for our final dog obedience session!