Sunday, March 1, 2009

~Weaving, weather, companions,etc.

As they say here in Maine - " 'nuther storm comin' ". We aren't thrilled but we are ready and complaining doesn't do any good. The prediction as of noon was 10 to 14 inches of the wet, heavy kind. Not too bad.....If I don't post for a few days, it just means the power is out. Despite the added work and hassle it causes many, it really is a sight to behold on a sunny day.
I'm making progress on my new woven shawl. I am using this gray wool yarn from our sheep, Freida, for the warp. I overdyed three skeins of this gray searching for a rich, burgandy color. I used a dye called crimson and was very happy with the results. It is exactly what I was looking for. I think these two colors look wonderful together and will make a beautiful shawl.

The photo below is my warping board. For those that don't know, this is where I wind on the yarn in a specific pattern for whatever project I'm going to weave. I wound on the first course of gray yesterday. The burgandy is dry today so I can wind on the rest.

This is my rigid heddle loom. I dusted all the cobwebs off and it's already for the warp. I'm so excited to get started. The actual weaving is so enjoyable and I've placed the loom in front of my dining room windows, facing the barn, pastures and my Mom's house. I can observe the guineas as they go about their day as well. A lovely, sunny place to work.

As always, my constant companion and best buddy is by my side, making sure all is well and catching a few winks. Life just wouldn't be good without my Banjo.

Have a great sunday and stay safe and warm.

11 comments:

Sharrie said...

The yarn is beautiful. Please post as you work on it. I have two companions like yours, same color. Aren't they wonderful?

Christy said...
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Christy said...

That will make a beautiful shawl!

Country Whispers said...

I bet you guys are tired of SNOW!
I haven't received any email. I went back & looked for it & didn't find anything. But who knows it could have gotten deleted. If you want resend it!
We haven't really gotten any major snows this year so I love to look at your snow pictures.

Joanne said...

I can't wait to see that shawl! The crimson is such a rich gorgeous color...Wow. Good job on the dyeing of that one!

Thanks for your sweet message on my blog. I am so glad that my friends could all celebrate seeing my new book with me all at once!!

Candy Duell said...

Your colors are beautiful. I dont know how to knit very well, but I keep trying.

We are not going to get this storm (Whew!), you and I usually share storms.

Keep warm!

Nancy K. said...

I LOVE the crimson color! I don't have any grey fleece but I may try overdying some fawn or musket...

Your working spot looks heavenly and your companion is beautiful!

Thank God for dogs!
and sheep
and cats
and goats
and chickens
oh yes, and KIDS, grandkids, brothers & sisters ~ all those human creatures....

Leenie said...

Glad you survived the last storm. Good luck with the next one. Makes you wish for a day on a warm sandy beach doesn't it? Even was a raw material your yarn is beautiful.

threecollie said...

That crimson yarn is breathtaking..what a warm and wonderful color.
sorry you are getting another storm. Quite a winter this year...

kristi said...

You do know that I am going to come to your farm and camp out 'till you show me how to do all of that stuff? Just wanted to give you a heads up:)

DayPhoto said...

What beautiful yarn! I love your dog. Dogs are so much fun.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/