At least this one is. The little “doo – dad” arrived in the mail in record time and I was able to wind on. Ok, there were a couple of false starts on my part but this loom is sweet. My learning style is kind of “throw some yarn at it, and fine tune from there.” Weaving is going to challenge me to try to do it right the first time. Good, good discipline and so rewarding. The cloth I am making is no big whoop – it is a sampler of different weave structures. Currently the sampler doesn’t even look like this, as I have been using up leftover sock yarn to see what colour does with the ubiquitous blue. This is proving to be very interesting as the yarn which has one certain effect when knitted seems to have a radically different effect when woven. Wonderful!
Honestly, I wish I had stumbled onto all of this when I was younger. There is not time in this lifetime to absorb all there is to know and create.
In a bit of a topic change, when hiking on our holiday we saw a lot of deadfall from the heavy snow and winds this winter. Over the course of the walks I was able to collect a bit of lichen. I am reluctant to disturb trees in this collecting business but there was a lot on the ground and my technique was to “graze”. I don’t know the name of this one but as soon as we get a bit of sun I plan to do some solar dyeing with it.
If we ever get more than a day at a time of sun that is. One advantage to our south-facing deck is that while it gets too hot for humans to sit out there when it is sunny, all sorts of mad scientist experiments can occur.
Oodles of this on the ground too. This makes a gorgeous deep yellow. This is one that is reputed to be mildly toxic, so again the plan is to solar dye. It worked well last year. I may add a modifier of some sort to see if the colour can be changed a bit.
There is always some project to do…