Friday, February 20, 2015

Keeping Warm

With so much yarn and fiber in the house, Art and I should be well insulated against the frigid anger of a polar vortex. Alas, we still need a pot of soup to get through the weekend. No instructions, here--I don't actually have a written-in-stone recipe, but it would have to begin with these beauties, a bay leaf, a few peppercorns and a bulb of garlic.

Stay safe and warm this weekend.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Weaving, Taxes or Chai?

I should be working on my taxes, or figuring out which weft to use on this project...

I'm leaning toward the grey, for something soft and elegant. This is the first time I've waded into undulating twill territory, and I'm excited to be doing something a little different. After I get my feet wet with the grey, I plan to take another step forward by combining treadlings and wefts. We'll see. I try not to plan too far ahead.

Meanwhile, while that percolates, and because taxes are so boring, allow me to share my W2W15 goodies! I received two packages, this year, from Meg and Patty in Logan, UT. Patty's package came just as I was leaving for a ten-day out-of-town trip. As a result, I had time to wonder and imagine what might be inside the little box.

Patty included photos of Utah (I had no idea how many glorious colors Utah has--I always imagined a brown-grey place in the middle of nowhere), bits of lovely handspun yarn informed by those colors, and a flyer that states, "You Could Die Out Here." Also included were a bar of sweetly scented goat milk soap, a packet of glossy solar-dyed mohair locks from a Utah ranch, a bracelet from Patty's travels in Thailand, and a bag of banana fiber reminiscent of the colors prevalent in Thai designs. And, most deliciously, a photo of chai, because Patty has made a tradition of having a cup before she goes to her studio to spin or weave. A new way for me to procrastinate on those taxes? Yes please!

Meg's envelope came while I was away. I knew it would be breathtaking, and I was right! First, of course, was the Nick Bantock inspired envelope which included a page from Hamlet (how did she know I love Shakespeare?) and a customs declaration stating "No Commercial Value"--and how was Customs to know that there were all manner of other value to be contained within?


Okay, I'm calming down. We begin with Meg's note on lovely handmade paper from Nepal, which is apt because she enclosed items that represent "ordinary but well-designed" packaging, geometric designs, "stories", as well as maps, a delightful Cecily cartoon, stunning paper and fabric bits, and yarn samples. So much inspiration! Were the big yellowish brushstrokes in the lower left-hand corner an homage to Vincent from Meg's own hand? I loved the magazine clipping of hand-beaded boots, the ad for the Nelson Chamber Music Festival (I really am sorry I missed that one), the postcard from The Hiroshima Panels by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki, and the postcard from the Ongon Lotus Fair.

These Weaver to Weaver packages are like design vitamins, packed with more than the daily requirement of inspiration to inform our weaving practices. Many thanks to Meg and Patty for all the wonderful goodies.

And now...will it be weaving, taxes or chai?

Thursday, January 22, 2015


It's delicious, energizing, and it helps the meds go down (as a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer, I find that washing down the morning meds is the biggest challenge of all). An hour after I drink this, I am a demon at the loom!

The recipe (and lots of parentheses):

4 ounces of your favorite orange juice (mine is low acid, low pulp)
a small handful of kale (or spinach)
half a banana (put the other half in the freezer)
a dollop of Siggi's yogurt (best yogurt on the planet...any flavor will do)
a few grinds of flax seed (not really necessary, but I put this on everything)

Put everything in the blender, food processor or smoothie machine (you don't need a fancy machine--I use my trusty immersion blender). Blend, pour the mixture into a pretty glass and enjoy!