Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fast and Slow....

Fast:


Blog for above is here


Slow:
Go to Bonnie's post.


As for me....I'm inert.

We have a wedding to go to later today.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bamboozled and Cruising....

The title of this entry comes from here: FTC Business Alert. I have to admit I'm a skeptic when anyone uses "environmentally friendly" as their marketing ploy. I want to know just exactly how they can make that claim. And I am especially skeptical when it comes to manufactured fibers. So my initial suspicions about bamboo fiber have been verified.

The new issue of Handwoven was waiting for me when I got home from conference last Sunday. One of the projects in this issue is the "Budget Bamboo Shawl" by Madelyn.

I have a friend in need of a prayer shawl. Knitting a shawl is not a timely endeavor, however weaving one can go much quicker. So I headed out to JoAnn's and picked up the requisite number of balls of Bamboo Crochet Thread at $2.79 a ball to create this shawl for Sue. I picked the color "Still Pool". In keeping with the FTC statement (above) this yarn is labeled "viscose from bamboo", but that hasn't kept them from sticking "Friendly to our Earth" on the label. sigh. Ah well....I won't make that claim to Sue.

Plans are to wind this warp tomorrow and weave the shawl next week to have it ready for delivery before her daughter leaves for college in two weeks.

Not much fiber happening today as we head out for the 15th annual Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. Think American Graffiti on steroids.....or perhaps Geritol?

We will watch stock and modified cars from the past roll by. There will also be a few current "hot" cars. We will eat 1950's food in a tent with a dj spinning cruise music from the 50's through the 80's.

And we will wonder if we are totally out of our minds for enjoying this in 90 degree temps.

Ciao!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Do You Suppose......

I passed a young woman on the public library steps today. She was wearing a black bra and lacy red camisole with white 'boy cut' shorts.

Do you suppose she has that recurring dream?

You know, the one where you're on your way to an important exam and when you look down, realize that you forgot to get dressed? No matter what you do through the rest of the dream, you just can't get dressed.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ripe...

This is what awaited me when I got home from Michigan League of Handweavers workshops and conference yesterday:
The first one of the season....it strikes me as the perfect metaphor for right now.

Ripe
: {adj.} 1. (of fruit or grain) developed to the point of readiness for harvesting or eating.

That is certainly the case for this tomato.

Having just returned from five days of immersion in fiber, the time is also ripe to harvest all the information from Daryl's "Sewing with Handwoven Fabric" workshop and Sharon Alderman's "Snazzy Yarns Seminar".
That "to do" list includes:
  • Make a muslin of the jacket pattern we drafted in Daryl's class and refine the fit.
  • Develop a plan to study Sharon's book, Mastering Weave Structures. I've read through the book before, but seeing the fabrics in person was an "aha" moment (or a rather large collection of such moments). All of the information from Sharon dovetailed beautifully with what I learned from Randall Darwall at Penland last summer.
When fruits and vegetables ripen, it is time to do some transformative thing with them: prepare them for the table, preserve them for future use, or harvest the seeds for next year's crop. If you don't do anything with the ripe produce it begins to rot and go to waste. And so it is with the information I've been accumulating over so many years and seminars. Time to make use of it.

Ripe: {adj.} 2. (of a cheese or wine) fully matured: a ripe Brie

It so happens that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Michigan League of Handweavers and the Conference theme, Golden Reflections, was a wonderful celebration of that milestone. Friday evening was the fashion show and 50 year retrospective. The planning committee did a marvelous job of providing a concise and very entertaining look at the past 50 years of handweaving in Michigan. They capped the evening with a retrospective fashion show with handwoven garments from the past five decades. It began with a 1950's style handwoven bridge apron (remember the 50's?!)....Proceeded through a handwoven hotpants ensemble.......and finished with a marvelous contemporary swing coat. I failed to take pictures, but Daryl has a great selection of them here. (I am now convinced that many weavers truly do not get rid of anything.)

Ripe: {predic.} 3. arrived at the fitting stage or time for a particular action or purpose.

One of the ongoing jokes through the retrospective program was that we were looking at some "vintage garments" and many of the attendees are "vintage weavers". As a collective group, today's weavers tend to be people of mature years, more often women than men. We have a lot of experience and information. But the time is ripe for us to cultivate that next generation of weavers and stimulate enthusiasm for this marvelous means of expression and creativity. Get out there. Take classes. Teach someone to weave on any loom available. Evangelize your weaving!

Ripe: {adj.} 4. (of a smell or flavor) rich, intense, or pungent.

I have come home to 90 degree temps. and 100% humidity. The first thing I did when I got home yesterday was clean a toilet and scrub out a sink....before I brought a single thing in from the car! It is definitely time to deal with the ripening laundry that I brought home, and freshen up the bed and bath linens.

But first, I think a tomato sandwich on home made bread, with just a touch of home made pesto is in order.

With thanks to this little guy, who helped to keep my tomato plants bug free (if you "click to biggen", he looks like he's covering his mouth...so cute!):

So....what is ripe in your life?

Monday, August 03, 2009

Keep a good thought....

for me today. I have a ton of things to do to get ready and leave for Michigan Weaver's Conference tomorrow. However, I am sidelined with sinus related vertigo. About the only weaving I'm capable of right now, is weaving my way from this computer to the couch.

This happens about once a year when there are weather changes and storm fronts moving in. Drat! I do not have time for this.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

I love this....

I take this as evidence that Bobby McFerrin understands the science and magic of earworms

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.


We should be extremely grateful that he has not exercised this power over us since Don't Worry Be Happy
(yeah, you can thank me for planting that earworm for the weekend.)