It's amazing how quickly we go from winter/furnace running/snow, etc., to windows open/flowers blooming/almost too warm! Today is just on the verge, but for a gusty little breeze, of being a tad too warm, but not quite yet. 80 degrees tomorrow maybe.
I have been shuttling (heh, pun) back and forth between the weaving studio and the "music" room upstairs. In the studio, I'm finally into a pre-wound warp I purchased last fall at Vavstuga: looks like the colors will be perfect for a gift occasion later in the year.
I think the warp should yield at least four generous towels and a table runner. When I get the exact dimensions for the runner, I will make a judgement on the number. The warp is a Bockens cottolin, with an 8 tow linen weft. I wasn't sure about the linen at first, but have learned to love it, especially when I realized that a temple/stretcher is not required. I have a love-hate relationship with those things. So, without having to stop every five minutes to advance the temple, this is moving along quite quickly! Enough to start thinking about the next project, maybe that OTHER Vavstuga pre-wound towel warp!
It might be a while before another warp gets put on the small loom, though, since I head to Vavstuga for a 3-day class called Swedish Kitchen the first week in June. I'll be home from that a few weeks and I go right back up to Shelburne Falls for a 5-day class called More Swedish Classics. After that one, I'll be packing and preparing to head out to Utah for almost a month….am trying to figure out how to bring some weaving with me! And a month's worth of clothes and shoes…..
It's possible that I can ship some supplies, like a small rigid heddle and an inkle loom (well-padded with clothes!), not only to keep me busy, but to introduce my almost-eleven-year old granddaughter to the joy of weaving! The boys loved the inkle loom and Carina is very crafty, so that would be fun. I have backstrap equipment, too. And to segue into the music, I might have bought a third guitar a month or so ago: a travel guitar that can go easily in an airline overhead. It has a classical fretboard, and electronics (I can plug earphones into it so only I can hear it….good to take to Vavstuga!), but there is no question that I could go without playing for a month. It took me way too long to build up decent calluses!
My teacher and I are switching gears a bit this summer, what with all the time I'll be away. I thought it would be fun to do some less classical, more pop-ish pieces for a while (although I will keep working on a few classical pieces so I have a few things I can play for…..oh, who am I kidding? No one wants to hear me play.) and am starting with House of the Rising Sun, Dust in the Wind, Hallelujah, and one or two others. Also finishing up my favorite classical piece, Romanza. That should keep me working till I start again in August!
Now that the grass is growing madly (weeds, too!) I've been trying to get out and try to undo some of winter's damage. Unfortunately, there is a new tick virus in CT that is really, really bad they say: symptoms within a few hours, no treatment, often fatal. Oh. Goody. I already hate the Lyme Disease ticks and poison ivy, so this new tick danger is enough to keep me on the patio with my "gardening"!
I'll spare you the saga of my septic issues….all is fixed now, although the repair meant that a good part of the patio had to be torn up. That will get fixed next weekend. I can live with the pile of gravel for a little while longer!