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Monday, December 15, 2008

frantic weaving and knitting

I was commissioned in October to weave a tablecloth that would fit a table 33X83. I made NO promises to have this completed by Christmas, however I received "the" guilt phone call two weeks ago imploring me to have this done in time for Christmas. I respond to guilt.

The loom is threaded 54" wide and will weave to 124". I'm around 90" at this point. The set is 20 and I'm using both 8/2 and Eight-Two. Do these colors look familiar? He saw my table cloth and wanted the same colors. The stripe pattern is different, thankfully.

I'm fortunate that the treadles lock so I can run to one end or the other to catch the shuttle. It's part of the exercise regime, you know.




Here is a photo of nine of the 11 pair I've knit so far. One pair Bob got early because I forgot our anniversary. He forgot too.
The other pair is still on the needles. So I suppose they're not really a pair yet.





Shades of neutral
It is a pity when the cat is larger than the dog.

8 Comments:

Blogger Peg in South Carolina said...

I've seen sliding benches that serve this very purpose. But running does provide much needed exercise........ I cannot imagine weaving so wide.

4:36 PM  
Blogger beadlizard said...

One of my very favorite memories of weaving at Alden & Stephenie's is doing tandem on a wide loom. Maybe you could train the cat?

6:01 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Peg, I have a sliding bench. I've found that though it does work it can throw my back out. Standing and running just hurts my feet.

Sylvia, I think you ought to fly out here and make that memory with me too.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Charleen said...

Marie, that's absolutely breathtaking! I love your tablecloth and can see why he would ask for the same. I'm cracking up imagining you running back and forth :-)

5:32 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

Wow, I'm impressed! The table cloth is lovely but I can't imagine weaving anything as wide as that.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

My shoulders ache just looking at that picture. It's gorgeous - you are a machine, woman.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Okay, that's just too wide. I would lose my mind (and some weight) if I had to work on that. My luck I would accidentally weave a cat into the thing. The intended recipient would hear faint meowing coming out of the box.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Holy frijoles! First -- that is gorgeous. Second -- what a phenomenal width. I'm entranced with just looking at the temple!

I believe I speak for our fellow denizens of the blogisphere when I say, "I think we need you to post a video of you running back and forth. . . " tee hee

Weave on -- er...run on!!
Jane

7:47 AM  

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