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I have to head to the boss's house at 10:15 for a "meeting"...since he's in the early/middle stages of dementia, this should be fun. :sigh: Anyway...

I dyed 5 oz of wool last night - pretty, pretty stuff! Fall orange, with dark red highlights and bright yellow underlights and a mossy brown. I overdyed Silver Rambouillet...it's Yummy! I'll run the other 2 batches tonight, and hopefully I'll be able to card it up this weekend. Pictures will be forthcoming...:g:

I also got the fuzzy-sock-from-hell knit to the toe. The CSM HATES this yarn....it skips stitches, drops stitches, gets hard to crank...but I will perservere and have warm,fuzzy, purple feet soon. I promised it that the next socks will be out of easy to eat knit commercial sock yarn in a nice subdued colorway.

I've got 2 demos coming up back to back - the first one is Oct. 8-9 (Highland Games) the 2nd is the 15th (Public Library)..so I need to get my act together and get stuff ready to toss in the van both weekends. Most of the stuff I can use at both sites (the Games demos are a lot more laid back; basically I sit and spin and idly answer questions. The Library is a "real" demo - I am there to educate people. And boy, do most of them need it!)..so 1 list will work.

Expect to see this reappear periodically over the next 2 weeks....:g:

Things to Do

1. Pull out Garb, make any adjuments (waistbands-30+ pounds gone since June!) and repairs (re-thread chemise laces), wash and iron

2. Dye Wool; prepare as necessary
a)Fall Blend: Brown YellowOrange Green
b)Bright Blend: colors to be determined (roving or locks?)
c)Card up Fall Blend
d)Card up Purple Lambswool

3. Wind a warp and dress table loom (scarf? Acrylic warp/weft - bright colors!)

4. Clear off wheel bobbins so can start fresh

5. Pack kids' suitcase to go to Granny's & take to Daycare (Games)

6. Download and print spindling instructions and possibly inkle weaving instructions

7. Clear off and re-warp inkle loom in greens (Games)

Things to Pack

1. Spinning Wheel (Joy wheel for Games; AA Scottish for Library - UNLESS new AA comes in, in which case she'll go to both..but that's doubtful) plus extra bobbins/oil/driveband cotton

2. Niddy Noddy & tie strings, scissors

3. Basket with wool (Games: ready to spin)(Library: carded? Locks? - if locks, include handcards)

4. 2 card tables and 2 tablecloths (Library)

5. 12H LeClerc Table loom, shuttle, extra weft yarn (Library)

6. Sample Rack and clothespins (Library)

7. Samples - Dishtowels, sweater, hat, mittens, shawl (knit/woven), socks, socks in progress(Library)

8. Small ice chest with munchies

9. Handspindles - the AA North Seas, the AA Student, and the AOL spindle

10. Instructions! Must infect new people with the spinning/weaving bug.
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Date:September 27th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
psst - bring the inkle loom to Bedford and when I'm not wrecking any knitting you successfully happen to teach me, I can play with the kidlets and the inkle while you're spinning happily away. either that or fanagle a way to bring that lovely 16 harness table for me to play with.
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Date:September 27th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'll re-warp the inkle loom for you - any color preferences?

The 12H loom is too frickin' *big* for our tents - it's...3' long, and 18" wide and I think Jill would have a coronary if I hauled it in. :g: Plus it's heavy.

You could always come play with me at the Library....I have coerced another spinner to come - she'll be inkling and spinning - but I still have no weaver. (hint, hint)

Mangling knitting? Hey - I taught my MOTHER to knit. And 2 7 year old girls. C'mon, you'll get it...and before you know it you'll be in as sad a shape as I am...loom/wheel/needles/yarn store in the garage/eyeing property for llamas/knitting socks obsessivly...:eg:
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Date:September 27th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
hmmm well, which loom was it I was playing with Ian with then? The one with the red, yellow and blue knobs on the harness levers? that one was relatively small and not so heavy.

Inkle, Inkle.. erm... shades of deep green would be wonderful. I give you free rein.

Library.. which and when? You know me, weekends are sacrosanct - if I'm not at a Games or Faire, then the 'rental units have spoken for my time even if I'm busy with something else.
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Date:September 27th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
It was the 12H - you just don't realize how *large* it is until you go to move it..or go to put it on a table. It weighs probably...25 or 30 pounds (seriously!)

The Library is Sat. Oct. 15. No biggie - I'll turn the kids loose on it like I did last year.

Deep greens - I'll see what I've got for you. *g* You're coming along nicely, my young apprentice padawan learner. *eg*
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Date:September 27th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
The Library is Sat. Oct. 15. No biggie - I'll turn the kids loose on it like I did last year.

young apprentice.. :snicker: let's see... trip to TRF versus demonstration at the Library playing with looms. gee... let's think about this. What time do I need to be there... and you know I'll need directions!!

yes, I'm blowing off TRF... I wasn't 100% geeked about going anyway. Just didnt' feel right.
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Date:September 27th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
SERIOUSLY????? Coolness!!!! I need to warp *that* loom up this weekend - what'cha wanna weave? Scarf? Dishtowels? Table runner? Green as the color of choice?

I had planned on using cheap acrylic, but if you're going to be the designated weaver, I'll pull out the good stuff. *g* Or, hell - I'll go out and buy some proper yarn. I've got plenty of cotton for towels, and I've got some wools for scarves (I dyed up some Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in a really cool teal-y green a while back - it's been aging gracefully in the stash.) I will make you a "cheat sheet" for the treadlings (levers)...plain weave or twill, m'dear? Both are easy - Plain weave is only 2 combos to remember (red and blue, then yellow and white), twill is 4, but it's stair-steps (red and yellow, yellow and blue, blue and white, white and red - or whatever the color order is; you do 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 4/1), so easy to do once you get used to the sequencing.

The easiest thing would be for you to come over to the house (do you remember where I am??) and ride with me to the library. The only drawback...I need to leave the house by...8 AM-ish. We have to be totally set up and ready to go by 9:45, and it takes quite a bit to get everything situated just right. Add to it the fact that there will be 3 of us in the space, and you get all sorts of organizing fun. *g*

Depending on what you want, you'll either use a stick shuttle or boat shuttle. Either one works; I'll just have to remember to pack the bobbin winder if you go with the boat shuttle. No big deal.

In fact, I'll call the library to let them know I'll (probably) have another warm body. *eg* You'll get a fancy nametag and all...
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Date:September 27th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
wow... talk about someone getting geeked!! ROFL

OK, slow down a second and let me think... Yes, I'm serious. I can do a tablerunner in Green and Purple (it's a vineyard thing), or if that doesn't quite work, then I'll be more than happy to do a scarf in the teal-y green wool. Twill weave will be great (I'm always up for a challenge!) and no clue which shuttle I'll need. I'll leave that up to you.

Yes, I remember where you live, for me to get there before 8 I'll have to leave the house about 7. Want me to bring something for breakfast? coffee or tea? I can bring a good sized carafe of English Breakfast if you're in the mood.
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Date:September 27th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
Geeked? *g* You have *NO* idea - I first posted about this demo back in August, when they notified me of the date. NO ONE at all commented on it, and I've been begging and pleading on all my e-mail lists for warm bodies to keep me company. If I had thought you'd want to weave, I'd have already hit you up....*g*

OK, table runner. That'll be in 8/2 cotton (this is more me thinking aloud here..) I have royal purple and bright emerald. I might have a darker green, but I have to look and see. I'm thinking mostly green, with purple stripes along the edges, maybe 1 in the middle - I've got plans for some of that purple, so I can't/don't want to use all of it. (I need a handwoven shirt, and I have some variegated cotton that uses the same purple...it'll be smashing!) *g* Let me double check that I have enough green for that - I've used it for dishtowels. *eg*

You'll need the boat shuttle for that....and it'll definately be an all-day project. How long (yardage-wise) do you want it to end up? And how wide? The loom will weave 15.75", with draw-in and shrinkage you'll be able to get - max - 15"; I'd bet closer to 14.75".

If I don't have enough green (and there's not enough time to order any, more's the pity) I'll warp up a nice long scarf. Think about it, and tell me if you want the weft the same color, or contrasting - I think I know where some un-dyed Fisherman's wool is; if not, I need to go to Michael's anyway. If they don't have *that*, I'll pick up a different type of natural wool. How wide for a scarf? (A scarf I can warp up later, if you want to take your time to contemplate it. A scarf takes...maybe 30 minutes to wind, and another 30 to warp. A table runner takes...much longer - more threads to count and thread. I love playing with yarn, so it's no biggie to me - I'm the one that put a 20 yard dishtowel warp, @ 22" wide, at 20 threads per inch (that's 440 threads, each 20 yards long!) on the loom FOR FUN. I'm still weaving the blasted thing off! *eg*

Ian tells me he'll let me clear off that loom on Saturday, so I can start the table runner then, or I can wait and warp up a scarf during the week.

I won't need breakfast, but I never turn down a good English Breakfast tea! I'll be bringing my lunch (since I'm still low-carbing) and can add whatever you want to munch on. They do provide sandwiches and cookies (or they did last year) and drinks (colas and iced tea).

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Date:September 27th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
I first posted about this demo back in August, when they notified me of the date. NO ONE at all commented on it, and I've been begging and pleading on all my e-mail lists for warm bodies to keep me company. If I had thought you'd want to weave, I'd have already hit you up....*g*

pish, you should've hit me up. you KNOW I've been on the hunt for more weaving time!

I have royal purple and bright emerald. /snip/ I've got plans for some of that purple, so I can't/don't want to use all of it.

Ohh no no no!!! no don't use up the last of your purple and green for this! I can use whatever colors you've got - I'm not picky at all, even if it's obnoxiously loud. We can talk more at Bedford about this, 'kay?

Thanks for the heads up on munchies and lunch. I probably will bring something to toss into the cooler. do you like your tea High Octane (sweet) or not?
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Date:September 27th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
Low Octane - I have switched to Splenda for the diet and it's working pretty well.

Don't worry - it won't be ALL my yarns...*snicker* I have lots, I just can't remember which colors I have. The purple yarn is a completely brand new 1 pound cone, still shrink-wrapped. I've got more than enough for what I'm planning...once I decide on the stripe pattern/sequence/do I want green pinstripes or not/etc. *That's* why it hasn't been woven yet - I can't make up my mind!

I'll drag out the yarns this week and come up with something suitably nice for you to play with. I'll also pull out my Pattern book and see what pattern I can come up with that uses a simple twill treadling. *g*
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Date:September 27th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
there's a place locally that's called Yarn Heaven... not 100% sure what their stock is like, but I can call on them this weekend and ask if they've got cotton yarn to work with, or any other kind. I'm going right by there Sat. Afternoon, it'll be nothing to stop in and have me a looksee - just tell me specifically what you'd be looking for.

allllll righty then! Low Octane Breakfast Tea, noted. Munchies... I'm thinking sage sausage balls for nibbles, noted. lunch, noted.
Date:September 27th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)

That sounds like fun!

I can't wait until I can get me a spindle to learn how to spin on! I am dying to learn!!! They dont have things like that at this library or anywhere else....
Date:September 27th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)

Re: That sounds like fun!

Sorry I didnt leave my name! Gina http://knittingsolo.com/blog
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