Thursday, January 22, 2015

Breakfast

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!





Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Home Again

In loving memory of our long vacation, I offer you these:






We were in Florida for 21 days. It would have been longer, but the hubs had to get back to work, and I was beginning to miss my loom anyway. I was away when Meg held her annual Day In the Life of Looms. I told her that my loom was moving the furniture and having wild parties while I was gone. Actually, it was waiting patiently for my return. The only wild child in the house is yours truly.


So, after I get all the bags unpacked, and accustom myself to the cold (minus four degrees last night), I am looking forward to getting this warp wound on and woven. Meanwhile, I've had plenty of inspiration during the past few weeks, that I am hoping will find its way into my weaving. This brain coral, for example, seems to be telling me to weave something with ruffles. It was peaking out of the sand--just about an inch-and-a-half of ruffle, until we dug it up. Is this the year I will finally make differential shrinkage work?


Or will this just be a reminder to me to think before I weave (I am sadly lacking in this department)?

At any rate, I am so happy to have a shawl and a hot drink at hand. I'll talk to you again after I get the loom warmed up.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ergonomics

I have what I consider to be the perfect seat for my loom, although the chair was not built for weaving. I purchased it about six years ago, on the basis of its good-looking lines, which seemed to mirror the lines of the loom and worked with the general aesthetics of the living room (where the loom resides). It is too low for ergonomic weaving, though. For optimum comfort and efficiency, elbows should hover an inch or two above the breast beam, and the knees should be positioned several inches lower than the hips. I did some calculations and discovered my optimal seat height at the loom is 22".

Because I don't enjoy sitting on a stack of bath towels, Art offered to build a bench of appropriate height. But I love the chair so much, he built a small pedestal out of scrap wood, instead. It has ridges so that the chair won't slide off. This rustic-looking compromise seems to be working quite well. We can easily add more height, if necessary (this project is still in the discovery stage). When I'm not weaving, I can just stow the pedestal behind the loom and push the chair in.


My current project features drop spindle-spun Corriedale cross, a medium soft wool with beautiful luster, on a hand-dyed silk warp. The predominant color is blue-black, but a nice little hint of red sneaked in.