catch a cold on the airplane
on the way to someplace else
kind of holiday.
That sun is shining
into my very own studio.
me and my big black rubber boots
strolled through the slush
to The Yarn Underground (my local yarn store),
where I was dazzled by the abundance
and walked home with
8 skeins of Harrisville flywheel yarn.
So did you know about this?
That you can buy yarn that has
already been carded and spun?
It's a little weird.
(One of the great things about spending most of my time in the studio
is that am a cheap date -- dazzled and overwhelmed by
the local downtown shops.
Of course I'm also dazzled by dead leaves
which is slightly less helpful to the local economy....).
this feels like a mighty quick turnaround--
from a mad desire
for a long, dark grey Sarah-Dippity skirt,
to yarn in hand.
(if not exactly fast fashion, at least less glacial than my usual approach).
by a vision of the thing I wanted to wear that day,
the realization that I had the knowledge and technology to make it,
and a teensy bit of project envy generated by
slipping Backstrap Dialogues zines into envelopes
and mailing them to Sweden and Germany, Califorina and Kentucky
as Sarah-Dippity instructions are downloaded
to computers around the world.
to take a mid winter break from my cellulosic adventures,
and start winding a warp almost before
shucking off the rubber boots.
Alas, my starry-eyed haste
also led to a teensy bit of
of a miscalculation --
this mill spun yarn is NOT
as much like mine as I thought.
for making assumptions,
and for not weaving a sample --
or at least doing a yarn wrap.
But drawing this comic gave me an idea
(you might note that the little "but maybe if..." thought bubble
was written in with a different pen),
so I clipped together a ten dent rigid heddle
from four Schacht Variable Dent Rigid Heddle sections,
scribbled a new sketch for the skirt
and away I went.
(10 epi vs 12 epi meant weaving two narrower swaths of cloth since I did not want to buy more equipment, which leads to the skirt being made of four or maybe five 8" wide panels instead of three 12" ones-- though I don't have to decide for sure till later since the design is flexible and the final
shaping and fitting is in the knitting).
but this paper clip worked just fine--
indeed, maybe better than the diz threader
I've been using for the last couple of years.
Golly, I love makeshift solutions.
And I really love this loom.
turned into cloth
just before I started to write this morning.
I'll start winding the second warp
shortly after I hit "post."
and my holiday will be done.
zoom zoom zoom!
But so restful.
And then back to real life.
If that is what this is.