Saturday, February 28, 2009

confirmation bookmark

the 2009 confirmation bookmark's warp is on the loom and ready to go. I have never woven this narrow on the dobby loom, so we shall see. I don't know how the heck Lillian Whipple handles that 240/2 silk. Handling 60/2 was as close to spider-webbing I ever want to deal with. Hope it turns out looking exactly like the virtual sample.
Hope the Confirmands like them. I have warped for 10...9 for them and one for the Bishop.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Just when you think it's safe.....

One - hopefully-last, more kink. The auto-advance not creating the picks per inch I want....couldn't get it to do less than 8. Not good. I moved the bolt on the back AA shaft down to middle, after looking at some pictures in the manual, and tightened the cables and all seems well.
Then the block holding the tension-arm weight in place cracked. AVL is sending a replacement asap and I am holding it together with a C-clamp in the meantime. Minor problem, at worst. Lucinda mentioned that, at the time they did my loom, they were having some "quality control issues." Well, every company does at some point and their stuff is so great, overall, it's hard to quibble.
Can't wait to get the new workshop dobby. Wish it would be in time for the Texas trip, but, since they build the compu-dobby per order, this is just the way things go. Nice to know mine is hand-built for me!!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

PS: Local wool

Keep it natural, kids!!!!!
Also, for those of you who don't know this, check out this Selma lady's new farm with sheep, goats etc. She started out doing goat-milk soaps and lotions (available at Mark's Mart and from her directly):
check out her blog as well

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Land o' cotton

well, I have ordered green, brown and red! Cotton seeds, of course. Not many people are aware that cotton can be grown to be other than white. White being the more commercially-desirable version, that's what we see out there, but there is a growing trend among the "organic" crowd to experiment with the "antique" plants which produce different colours. Pretty nifty. Furthermore, the colours get stronger when the stuff is washed. Double-nifty.
So far, I have only spun wool, but, once I get this stuff up and picked I guess I will learn to spin cotton. I was also thinking that it would make a lovely "flower arrangement."
Now, this is all assuming that I can get it to grow. I have never raised cotton, but, hey, I come from a long line of cotton-farmers, so, hopefully, I have a genetic disposition for it. Hopefully.
I cannot WAIT to get out there and get the garden ready to go!
In the meantime, here's my favourite spot to order the spun versions:
the photo is from my seed source, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange: Go have a look.
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How does your garden grow?

It's getting to be planting season so fast! I have to get this all ready before I take off for "Tejas!" Which means that I need to have it ready to plant when I get back.
I am trying to get a "Kitchen Gardeners' Club" started here in town. If we get enough interest, it would be a great way for us to help each other with this. Even if you just have containers, you can grow SOME veggies. WIth the price of produce going through the roof (I paid $4 for a CAULIFLOWER recently!!!!), it makes a lot of practical sense.
I might plant some dye plants this year. Maybe not. I am not to into dyeing. But it would be fun to show the kids. I'd also like to make a little patch of coloured cottons!

auto advance woes

well, now it's the auto-advance.
Sooner or later, I will get everything in sync!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


OK, I have the AVL threaded up for the 32-shaft "Ivy" taqueté design.