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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.


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 -- on!!

7:47 AM  

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