Funny Farm

A fearsome foray into my fiber follies. I talk about weaving, knitting, spinning and dyeing. Some chatter about the sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.

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Location: North-east PA, United States

Sunday, April 05, 2009


I received this award from Sharon. Thanks, Sharon! I love getting awards..........passing them on however, can be a bit difficult because my choices have been already honored!
This award is to acknowledge the following qualities: "this blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!"
I can't cut and paste! Got a new mouse and cannot get it to do it's job. Using the control C isn't working either. What a dilemma. I'll have to do this the old fashioned way or just let you find my blogger selections!
My picks are Charleen and Sara!
I'll write more this week if I have the chance. I've found a wee trick in advancing a doubleweave. I've woven perhaps four blankets, in wool, in doubleweave and never had a real problem with the fold. I'm finding it more difficult in cotton. I'm about 2/3 of the way through the warp and now decided to weight the fold. It has helped quite a bit. I didn't use the fishing line. I tried that only once, and though it works, it is too fiddly for me.
I had a difficult time finding the rhythm for this project. I finally did. If I stick with the piece, day after day, which I usually do, I can maintain the rhythm. However, it is planting season and the season of selling lambs and kids. So, I start weaving, the phone rings, make a deal, plant a seed and get back to weaving. Not a good plan.
I know there are some skipped threads, I just hope they are minor. I need to get heavier, longer shuttles. I've added weight by putting heavy nuts on either side of the bobbin, but I think longer would also help in NOT skipping warp threads. One of the three shuttles I'm using has a curved (curved UP!) point in the front and back and often snags the weft. Interestingly, my one heavy and long EFS (which I love) didn't want to cooperate with me for this project.
My blog-less friend Bev drove up from SC and dropped her dogs off while she visits Boston. On the way she stopped at Webs and picked up an order for me and of course, enhanced her stash! She'll drop by Pro-chem on the way back here tomorrow. Webs is having a great sale and I'll soon post a photo of what I ordered!

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