Tuesday, March 24, 2009

take me with you

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These are busy days. Time is spent on winter clean outs..the henhouse...the greenhouse...the garden...the cabin. Hours are divided between them~ listed in order of priority.

Fiber pursuits fall to almost the bottom of the list. On a beautiful day, the river beckons for me to come and sit beside it in the sunshine. On my way out the door, my weaving calls to me..."take me with you!"

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The double hole tape loom is easy to tie to a sapling. The other end is tied to me. I become one with loom ;-)

Lean forward, relax the tension and select threads, lean back, lift the heddle and shuttle through the shed.

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there is nice rhythm involved, and my mind flows with it, selecting a piece of music that has been with me for days..I slow it down to keep the time...

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My fingers sometime snag on the threads..the disastrous effect of dry skin, cuticles and nails being damaged from too much garden work. I've been trying to keep up with a nightly hand care regimen.

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Although I could easily sit here and weave the afternoon away, I am allowing only an hour. I congratulate myself for having the discipline to pack it up, and head back to the cabin..where an overhaul of the bathroom awaits. I purchased a new shower curtain in honour of the event.

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Yesterday, I cut this off the loom and started over. The silk and the linen were not working well together..I think my linen was to thin, or perhaps it was the silk, anyway the pattern didn't pop like it should. I started over with some handspun Wensleydale in place of the silk and it is giving me better results.

16 comments:

Manise said...

I can hear the river. It must be hard not to let it lull you into staying put for the day enjoying the sun, wind and spring smells as you weave.

Valerie said...

I admire your fortitude, since I can't imagine that it is very warm near the river right now. But I do appreciate how comforting the rhythm and the sunshine might be. The river will be woven into that piece.

How true that along with the longer days comes the longer chore list.

DebbieB said...

Oh, I do so love the weaver's eye pictures! This is one of Grace and Fred's looms, yes?

The Gingerbread House said...

I've decided your a "workaholic", if I were sitting near that beautiful water I'd be snoozing from being lulled by it...Ginny

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are such a good girl to stop when you should. I on the other hand don't have that will power if I am enjoying what I am doing. Sigh~~ What a beautiful day beside the river.

Sharon said...

What a lovely way to spend an hour! Bet it went all too quick. Busy times here too, sad when craft time is so limited...

Pat K said...

What an idyllic way to spend an afternoon! Well, maybe not a bathroom overhaul, but the fiber, yes!

Rhode Island Spinning Guild said...

Looks like a wonderful afternoon break, tho' non too warm. Do I see a heavy sweater under a jacket?

elizabeth said...

I hate that the silk/linen didn't work out, but I'm sure the silk will be reincarnated into something fabulous! Love the pictures!

Judy said...

What an ideal spot, the sound of the water, the heat of the sun on the rocks. I would end up staying longer!

Cathy said...

"One with the loom, one with the river", not so much "one with the spring cleaning".

http://Seabreezespinners.com/ said...

Your photos make me long for the mountains! I'll be taking my new tape loom up to the Great Smokies in May ... can't wait.
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thecrazysheeplady said...

"Spend the afternoon; you can't take it with you." Annie Dillard, I believe.

Dawn said...

Such peacefulness by the river ....

Leslie Shelor said...

Lovely day and lovely way to spend the time by the river! Love that you can knit there. And those spring cleaning chores...I love having a tidy, clean house but hate to be the one to have to do it!

Artis-Anne said...

Oh fabulous post and I can almost hear that river from here in Wales .
Love back strap weaving:)

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