Monday, December 23, 2013

Knitting potato chips....

A couple weeks ago I downloaded the pattern for Pretty Thing by Stephanie Pearl McPhee.  The impetus for this was a small ball of  cashmere support spindle spun yarn that wanted to become some"thing".

The pattern is 61 rows on 118 stitches and requires about 160 yds. ......It takes one long good movie, or two short evenings of tv watching to make one of these "things".
Note that there is yarn left over.  Maybe not enough for a full sized "thing", but perhaps another one with one repeat of the body omitted.

Well, one "thing" led to another.  There was some zephyr in the mulberry color hiding out  in a small bin of lace weight yarns.   Maybe it could be a "thing"?  Yes!   That one was completed and sent off in the mail to its intended recipient.

Back to the bin...there's another bit of zephyr yarn, not very much, this time in blue.  I weighed it and did some math....maybe there's enough to squeak out another "thing" (that would be the blue one in the photo below):

From left to right:  Thing 1, Thing 3, Thing 4 in progress.  Thing 2 has flown off in a gifty sort of way.

There was just enough of the blue to finish the sequel to Thing 2.....and that makes it Thing 3.  What next?

I remembered some Juniper Moon Findley yarn in the color poppy that was left over from this project.  And so we are on our way to Thing 4.

I don't usually knit repeat items unless they are a pair as in: socks, gloves, or mitts.  But clearly I am smitten with this pattern's ability to use up small bits of precious lace weight yarn.  And this gratifies me to a degree that is way beyond reason.  Yes it's fun to use up those small bits, but what about those sweater quantities of yarn that are sitting in the stash waiting to become something....something more than a "thing"?  I suppose that will become a problem for 2014.

So dear knitter, you have been warned.  These "things" are like potato thing leads to another...leads to another...and another.  Until you are up to your neck in "things".  

With that warning, I will close and wish you all happy solstice, a Merry Christmas if that is what you observe, and many happy, productive days ahead as we approach a new year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


How about some weaving that is fitting for the coming solstice?

It's a shawl/scarf thing that was unencumbered by the sampling process.  Seen here lying on today's snowfall, about 6 new inches of the stuff since this morning.  

The weave structure is a variation on honeycomb which slides dangerously close to deflected double weave IMHO.  
Here's the draft, woven with the wrong side up:

Note that there are two warps, two wefts, and some long warp floats.  This normally an 8 shaft draft, but I made it a 10 shaft draft to get a modified plain weave on the selvedges and at both hems. 

Here is the back view of the draft, which is really the right side of the cloth:


The fine warp and weft is 20/2's black wool, worsted spun.  The heavy warp and weft is Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn, colorway 84.  I set the black wool at 24 epi, and the Noro at 12 epi. then tried to beat to square.

I was banking on the fine wool fulling and holding thos floats in place.  Here's a view of those floats on the loom:
The web was 18" wide in the reed, the finished width after washing is 17".  The woven length on the loom was 72" without fringe.  After washing the length is about 60", so I lost a lot more length than width.

So, what did I learn from this project?
  1. Just because you like the colors in a yarn, doesn't mean it's good quality yarn.  Crappy yarn comes in nice colors too.
  2. I used both warp beams on my Macomber for the first time:
BTW..that film canister is for a floating selvedge, required on just one side because the pattern weft thread must go through the same shed twice. 
These show the route of the two warps at the back of the loom from the side and from the top.  All of that went more smoothly than I expected and I will definitely take advantage of that feature again.

3.  I learned that the second warp beam, which has a ratchet brake also has a live tension system on it:
And I learned that a little friction tape is needed to keep the live tension cord from slipping off the beam and onto the axle of the beam.  This photo is before the friction tape was applied.

4. I am reminded once again the value of sampling, even though there was not enough of the Noro yarn to make a scarf and a sample.  But I was not going to spend $20 on another ball of yarn for a sample.  So, I think we will call this project a useable sample and perhaps visit this weave structure another time.

Here's a photo that gives you a glimpse of what the back of the fabric looks like in the upper left hand corner of the scarf:

I really thought it would collapse more.  
Oh well, the scarf is cozy and kept me warm as I ran the snow-blower up and down the driveway today.  And I learned a thing or two from the project.  

That's as much as one can hope for when they haven't sampled.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Two months...

Since my last post.  It's been rather busy.

In that time I (we) have:
  • Officially achieved retirement status.
  • Traveled approximately 4,000 miles in the car.
  • Hosted a guild meeting and presented on the fabric woven in the last post.
  • Purchased 80 acres and a cabin in the woods beside the lake.
  • Cleaned said cabin
    • Put in new furnace, water heater, refrigerator, and stove.
    • Got the outside ready for winter.
  • Had an extended family member get a new hip.
    • Who has had complications and will require more surgery.
  • Had another extended family member get married.
  • Winterized the gardens and outside of our "real" house.
  • Had a dr. appt. with complaints of fatigue.....rec'd a diagnosis of RRHS*
*(Recently Retired Husband Syndrome.....I am currently establishing boundaries.)

The looms have been quiet.  The knitting needles have been clicking, but no photo's to show.

I've been thinking about the blog and whether it should continue.  No decisions yet, but no inspiration either.  

Wishing whoever among you still reading  this a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

So much fun...

it must be illegal:

The yarns are all 8/2's cotton, sett at 24 epi.
(click on photo's for bigger)

All of this texture on 4 shafts and six treadles.

It's Julia Larrabec's Linen draft from Marguerite Porter Davison's book, p. 63.
Julia Larrabec, or her linen weaver, was a genius!

There are errors in the draft as presented in the  book.  I corrected it, then shortened it because this is just a sample.
Oh, and I added the color stripes because I thought the structure and the darker color would combine to give a recessed appearance to that area of the cloth.  The true test will be the wet finishing.
This is just the right half of the threading.  If you wish to duplicate, just mirror image the first half.  It should give you a total of 200 warp threads.
Correction:  Don't mirror image the whole draft....just continue the straight draw for the center section.  Then mirror image the M's&O's border section.

Just another missive from the land of the easily amused.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How about some book reviews?

There was a lot of reading this summer.  Given the dominance of gender politics in the last election, it's not surprising that is the theme in a lot of current literature.  So in these reviews I will make the last the first.

Last night I finished When She Woke by Hilary Jordan. 
Hilary Jordan knows a thing or two about the meanness of the human spirit as expressed in bigotry and hatred of "the other". But she also knows how to write a character with indomitable spirit. She's done it twice now: first with Mudbound and now with When She Woke. Though the settings and story lines are very different, these  themes are shared by the two books.

As the book opens, Hannah Payne awakes to find herself in a Chrome ward in Texas, where she will be in solitary confinement and video monitored 24-7 for 30 days. She has been given a virus that turns her red which is part of the punishment for having had an abortion, a result of an affair with her married pastor (is this story sounding familiar?).

This is a futuristic society where Los Angeles has been reduced to rubble by a terrorist act. Roe v. Wade has been overturned after "the scourge", a virulent STD which left many sterile, threatened the population and babies and the ability to reproduce became highly valued. A cure for "the scourge" has been found. Sadly in this society, there seems to be no cure for fulminating, fundamentalist christian bigotry that has become rampant and insinuated itself into government and public policy.

Prisons have been deteriorating, and the public policy solution to incarceration is to use viruses to tint convicts various colors that align with their crime. There are yellows, blues, greens, and red is for those found to be guilty of murder. And in this futuristic society, everyone can be tracked by the government at all times.

Jordan has done more than a passing nod to The Scarlet Letter in this book. The main characters have the same initials: Hannah Payne: Hester Prynne. The adulterous minister Aidan Dale: Arthur Dimmsdale. While in a "christian" group home for "rehab", Hannah names her aborted child Pearl, the same name as Hester Prynne's love child.

Upon her release from the Chrome Ward, the story becomes action packed and Hannah learns the perils of living as a marked woman in a hateful society. There is suspense, action, hatred, and love. Hannah is a strong character and her strength draws her to those who can help her.

The book is well written and the story line is compelling. In addition to The Scarlet Letter, I would also compare it to Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale.

Another story with the theme of gender politics is The Birth House by Ami McKay.   I admit to having a soft spot for Canadian writers.
The narrator of this story is Dora Rare, the only female child born into the Rare family in five generations. She is born in the middle of six boys. The setting for the novel is Scott's Bay, Nova Scotia at the beginning of WWI.

Her father, uncles, and brothers are shipwrights in an era where wooden schooners are fast being replaced by modern steel shipbuilding. Farming is also a mainstay of life in this hardscrabble country. Dora is not a beauty. But she loves to read, a practice that her father discourages in the belief that reading will make her unfit for marriage. As the eligible male population is bled off to the war in Europe, Dora's mother engineers an apprenticeship to the local Acadian eccentric and midwife, Miss Marie Babineau.

Through this vehicle of midwifery, various aspects of women's issues and control over their bodies are explored. Ancient Miss Babineau teaches 17 year old Dora the use of herbs and lore to help women with infertility, pregnancy, labor and birth, unwanted pregnancies, and even sexual satisfaction. Dora quickly learns that suffering and loss are a part of living.

Meanwhile unscrupulous, ambitious Dr. Gilbert Thomas enters the community with his modern "scientific" approach to obstetrics. He has little respect or regard for women and their bodies beyond the money he can make from prepaid insurance plans for delivering their babies at a far away hospital, rather than in their homes which was the norm for the community. The transportation and expense were beyond what most families could afford, but the doctor appeals to the vanity of the husbands. In addition he sets out to disparage Miss Babineau and exploit Dora's youth.

At this point, a marriage of convenience is put forth for Dora that her parents make it impossible for her to refuse. The stipulation is that she must give up her practice of midwifery.

This story of women's issues unfolds against the backdrop of the war in Europe, the influenza epidemic of 1918, the introduction of allopathic medicine to rural Canada, the Halifax explosion, and the Great Molasses Flood of Boston in 1919.

The author does a great job of weaving the story together. I'm not sure that the "extras" of folkloric remedies and the recipe for groaing cake add much to the book, though.

And I'll wrap up the gender politics theme which combines human trafficking in All Woman and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones.
The author has taken on the topics of North Korea and human trafficking in one big gulp of a story. The story centers on two young women who are about to age out of a women's orphanage in North Korea.

Gi (Gyong-ho) was orphaned in a concentration camp after inadvertently revealing a trivial infraction by her family's care of "the Dear Leader's" portrait hanging in their had dust on it. Her torture in the camp is graphically described and she survives only by withdrawing into a world of math and numbers, an area in which she is a savant.

Il-sun is the daughter of a deceased military officer. Her older brother died in a concentration camp because of his outspoken behavior. She became orphaned when her mother died in her early teens. Il-sun has dreams of marrying well and living happily ever after in so far as that is defined in North Korean terms.

Part 1 of the book details their lives in the orphanage and their work in a sewing factory. The deprivation, hunger, and meanness of spirit is brought home through the narrative and anecdotes. Gi is merely trying to survive and is looking forward to when she and Il-sun will leave the orphanage. Il-sun is acting more like an adolescent that a westerner might recognize. It is Il-sun's flirtations that move the story into the second part of the book.

Part 2 chronicles their transport across the DMZ between North and South Korea under the belief that the North Korean authorities are after them. Instead they, along with another young woman, Cho, are sold as sex slaves to a South Korean thug. Again the narrative brings home the effect of their isolated lives in the North. One anecdote described how startled the women were to see an overweight person and their first interaction with fast food. The rest of this section describes their captivity as sex slaves and the machinery of the porn empire their captor has built. Some of this is brutally described. With the help of another captive woman who is South Korean, they develop an escape plan with a tragic outcome that causes all four of them to be sold.

Part 3 of the book takes place in Seattle in a Korean mafia owned brothel. They are kept indoors and not allowed to wear shoes. They are "branded" with the gang's tattoos as is the madame and the shady doctor who comes to care for them. After more suffering, there is an upbeat ending to the book.

The story is compelling. The author's writing is adequate to the story. In journeying through the story, there are characters that are introduced then left behind. Some reviews fault the author for that, but I suspect that it brings home the nature of human trafficking....people (mostly women and children) disappear and are never heard from again. So we don't learn what happens to the mistress of the orphanage, or the woman who saved Gi from the concentration camp and other characters. Given the topics, it would have been artifice to have them all tied up neatly at the end of this story.

Okay.....something a little lighter in the form of a family saga:  The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver.  I've tried, and I really can't write a better review than what Ed Goldberg wrote here.  I loved this book.

These last two I listened to as audio books:
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer are a group of teens who meet at a New England summer arts camp in 1974.  There are 6 talented, bright, and somewhat privileged teens.  A bit full of themselves, they dub themselves "The Interestings".  The book moves back and forth in time as they graduate from high school, attend college, and move into their adult lives.  A core group of four of the members continue to be connected a bit more than I find believable for the era....I would believe it more with the Facebook generation.  Otherwise the author has done her research and the cultural data in the book as time passes is spot on.  The narrative moves back and forth in time.  It is mostly omniscient, but tends to be more from the viewpoint of Jules Jacobson, the character who becomes a mental health social worker, than the rest of the characters.  I found the story to be engaging as an audiobook, but am not sure I would have had the patience to read it.  Think The Big Chill for the generation that followed.

And we'll finish off with a little nonfiction, the memoir of Sonia Sotomayor:  My Beloved World.  The audiobook is narrated by Rita Moreno, which was a huge plus for me.  Sonia Sotomayor's memoir gives us a candid peek into the early life of the first Hispanic, female Supreme Court Justice of the U.S. The first portion of the book deals with her diagnosis with Type I diabetes at age 7, the dysfunctional marriage of her parents and her father's struggle with and demise from alcoholism.

She shares the joys and heartaches of belonging to a large extended family of Puerto Rican descent growing up in the Bronx in the 1960's. A central figure in her life was her mother, who placed a high value on education. She demonstrated this to her children by earning her LPN despite language difficulties, and by sacrificing to send both of her children to private Catholic schools.
 As a carry over from her mother's influence, much of this memoir focuses on the author's educational experiences and achievements, which are truly remarkable. Including a full undergraduate scholarship to Princeton followed by law school at Yale. She was married from 1976 to 1983 to her high school sweetheart, but the demands of her work in the district attorney's office and her husband's graduate school created a divide that could not be bridged and the marriage failed.

Her early law career in the district attorney's office, then later in private practice are chronicled in an almost case study style. The author seems to use these cases to explain how her style as a judge has been formed by experience.

In some ways the book is surprisingly revealing for a Supreme Court Justice. And yet, once the book is finished, one can't help but feel that she has also been quite reserved. I greatly appreciated (and derived some hope) from a section at the end of the memoir where she discusses the importance of making decisions based on the context of a situation rather than rigidly sticking to some ideology.

Well...with that comment, it appears I have unintentionally ended up back where I started.  So, there you go.  Six books that I found worth reading.   I'd be interested to know if you read them.  But now, I'm off to wind a warp...and maybe listen to a book.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

The princess and the pea or....

 How I finally got a good night's sleep.

For the past 5-6 years we have been in the market for a new mattress.  I am very picky about mattress for a number of reasons.....both professional and personal which I won't go into here.  I also have a lot of experience with various types of foams and postural support in my professional background.  So it's pretty easy for me to spot when a mattress salesperson is just that...a sales person who doesn't know diddly about the product, only the amount of commission they will make.

First there were a lot of conversations with people who had recently acquired mattresses.  Not many of them were happy.  And there was one memorable exchange with my dental hygienist that had tears streaming down both of our cheeks as we laughed hysterically.

My next approach was to pay attention to the mattresses we slept on in motels when we traveled.  Every stop, I ripped off the sheets before we left and made notes about the mattress we slept on.  Around the same time I started doing this, manufacturers started working with hotel chains to feature their mattresses.

So we did get to sleep on the glorified air mattress that has "Number" in the name (that was a fail...note to manufacturer:  if you are going to promote the product in that way, you'd better make sure it is maintained properly.)

And there were two places that featured the therapeutic foam mattress which begins with "T" ........both times I woke in the morning lying on my side with my feet in the air.  The foam compressed under my center of gravity (ahem....hips) and my feet were dangling in the air.  Other features of this mattress:  They are very heavy, very expensive, build up heat as you sleep on them, and there is a lot of friction resistance when you try to change position on them.

And there were many, many of the "S" manufactured mattresses on our hotel odyssey.  Some with pillow tops, which mean they aren't flippable.  And why would you want to attach a pillow top, which would be the first thing to wear out anyway?  Some were comfortable, but there was no way you could find the exact same model markings in the retail market.

I mentioned flippable:  yes, I am a mattress flipper.  On each change of the seasons...all the solstices and equinoxes...our mattress gets either rotated or flipped.   It allows for a change in weight distribution over the mattress and extends it's life. 

So I did what every person of the 21st century does....googled.  There are a lot of "The truth about mattress" sites out there.  All put out by the manufacturers.  I did find The Mattress Lady who offers a lot of good information about what's generally commercially available.  My dh is a Consumer Reports devotee....I am less so.  My opinion is that CR researches the most popular brands and runs their assessment from there.  I am a skeptic about why things become the most popular and prefer that it not be the criteria that limits my search.

Another site I found is The Mattress Underground.  This was the first site that suggested the possibility of using a small, independent, local manufacturer.  What a concept!?   Who knew they existed over the shouts of all the cheap mattress outlets that dot every major road in our area?    A short list of manufacturers is here.

I noted that one of the manufacturers was in Holland, Mi.  where I attended the MLH conference last month.  So I stopped in to check them out. can check them out here.  We went with the Traditions Line.  The prices were reasonable and within the range of the big "S" companies we had looked at.  A week later, dh and I drove over and spent the afternoon going from mattress to mattress.  We "spec'd" out a mattress and it was delivered yesterday, within two weeks of ordering it.

What a great night's sleep I had!!....except for the skunk who sprayed in our yard at 2 AM, and I can't blame that on the mattress.

And yes...this mattress is flippable and has a 15 year warranty.
Sweet Dreams!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

getting ready for fall...

The scarves are finished:
They are cousins.  The one on the left has a reddish brown weft.  The one on the right has a burgundy weft.  Most of the yarns used are 8/2 tencel or ringspun rayon.  The purple background in the decorative bands is 10/2 rayon.

Scarf 1

Scarf 2

They came out pretty much as I hoped they would.

Also finished another prayer shawl to turn in on Thursday night:
(My apologies for the picture quality of these.  This camera just doesn't take good textile photo's the way my old Nikon does.  But the batteries for the Nikon only last for about 5 pictures.   I think that's what has put a damper on my blogging mojo.)

If you've been following the blog, you've seen a few of these before.  I see that this is the second one I've done in this color.     I think I'm about done with knitting this pattern.  Last night I started a prayer shawl from the Hamako Child of the Sea pattern last night.  It is in bright red Red Heart yarn.....not a yarn I would usually pick, but prayer shawls must be easy care. 

How are you getting ready for fall?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Following recipes....

It's not often that I follow a recipe exactly, either in cooking or in weaving.  Usually the recipe is a place to begin then modifications are made to suit my taste, or the ingredients that are on hand.  Such is the case this past week.

This year is THE YEAR for apples and they are more than welcome after last year's failed crop.  A year of cold storage apples transported from godknowswhere has made me very hungry for a fresh apple.  We have several "wild" apple trees on our property.  For the first 22 years we've lived here, they pretty much provided fuel for the compost heap.  This year there are tasty apples on three of them.  One is definitely a Macintosh tree, another is a tart cooking apple, and the third produces small yellow apples that are indeterminate as to species.  As of 5 PM yesterday afternoon we processed over 26 lbs. of apples into apple butter, apple sauce, and one batch of apple crisp to eat warm w/ vanilla ice cream.
Here is a tiny  portion of the apple butter.  
I love 2 Tbsp. of apple butter in Greek yogurt.  Commercial apple butter goes for about $6 a jar on the grocery shelf and can be hard to find in Michigan.  I think it must be a Pennsylvania taste.  I tweaked the spices in the recipe to make  it to my own taste...a Pa. to Mi. hybrid!  Yum!

While I was following recipes, I decided to wind a warp for this:
It's the cover feature on the May/June 2011 issue of Handwoven.  The designer is Coreen Hartig.  She used silk.  I used 8/2 tencel, changed the sett a little bit, and used colors I had on hand.  The weaving has gone quickly.  The first scarf is almost done, I used a burgundy weft for it.  The second scarf will use a rusty red for the weft.

Every now and then a weaving recipe helps to get something on and off a naked loom quickly and jump starts the creative process.  I've been working on a couple of my own drafts that will go on the looms after this.
One more parting shot:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hangin' with my peeps.....

Wow, last post I was writing about a heat wave.  Now here we are in the middle of one of the coolest Augusts in history.  I'm not complaining, mind you.  It's great weather for working outside.

However, last week there wasn't much outside work happening because I was at the Michigan League of Handweavers bienniel conference.  It was a jam packed 5 days!  I took Robyn Spady's "Block Party" workshop Wed. thru Fri.  No pictures to share on that right now.  I still haven't fully unpacked the loom that I was working post.

Then Friday night was the fashion show.  At the urging of some guild friends I entered the purse from this post into the fashion accessories category.  Am so glad I did:
The judge gave it an honorable mention, the prize for which was a Zoom Loom from Schacht.  Thanks so much to Schacht for donating prizes which help support our exhibits and events.  But best of all:  The bag won a People's Choice Award in the Fashion Accessories category, a $50 prize.  Woot!  Thanks to my "peeps" for the votes!  I am honored.

Saturday I took an all day Band Texting cardweaving class with John Malarkey:
By the middle of the day my brain had checked out and there was no way it would make my hands turn two packs of cards in different directions to get the desired patterns.  I have worked on it since I've been home and there is progress, as you can see. 

So with conference out of the way, I have officially run out of excuses to not wash the windows and screens on the house.  Just as well, the spiders have been busy making their late summer mess on many of the window sills.  I'll be working on coming to an agreement on tenancy with them this weekend while getting the screens clean and the windows shiny.....unless it rains.  Then I will be weaving......

Friday, July 19, 2013

TGIF links...

It's hot.  It's Friday.  It's time to procrastinate from working on administrivia.
So click back and enjoy the links.

Is it just me?
Can anyone sit or stand still when this is playing?

Since Detroit is again in the news forefront, I thought some of you may be interested in the Detroit Issue of Whole Foods magazine, Dark Rye.
Whole Foods opened a new store in downtown Detroit last month.  I'm not sure that an upscale food market is exactly what's needed, but I give them an A for effort.  I found the magazine interesting, refreshing, and I like the way they put in the video clips yet still offered meaty text.
And if  you're not into meat, there's a recipe for Mujaddarah in is one of my favorite dishes, and has replaced mac & cheese as one of my comfort food favorites.
Plus directions for a multipurpose craft table.
Another plus: A current magazine about Detroit that did not feel it necessary to include gratutitous ruin porn photo's of Michigan Central Station which I'm sure you've seen.  IMO the state of that building says more about its owner, Matty Maroun than anything else.

Like most of the country, we are in the middle of a heat wave.  I have barely been outside most of this week because this kind of weather is not good for people with asthma.  So we are hoping for a cool front to come through so we can enjoy Maker Faire Detroit next weekend.   Weaving will be represented in a variety of ways.  Look for the weavers indoors, in the museum.

Fiberwork:  I did work on drafting some patterns this week.  And I wove another strap for the purse using tablet weaving and 5/2 pearl cotton.  The only immediate thing I have to do right now involves ironing fabric for sewing.  Not gonna happen until the weather breaks!

Okay,  gotta go work on the paperwork.  Here's one more thing (from a Detroit native) to help you boogie through the weekend:

  Stay cool!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

What's black and white and

purple and orange? 

Answer:  the things I've been weaving.

Here's the black and white:
It's a scarf in 12 shaft turned taquete'.  The warp is white and black rayon.  The weft is 20/2 cotton in charcoal gray.  It's from the same warp that the samples in this post were woven on.  I used a lighter beat while weaving this and it spread out the curves a bit.  It also has a softer hand, so it's a good spring/fall scarf.

The orange and purple inspiration:
The echinacea are in full bloom and the bees are buzzing.
But the fabric for this purse was woven back in the spring, when the echinacea was just a leaf or two peeking out of the soil.  I posted about the fabric here.  (It's from an 8 shaft turned taquete' sampler.)

This little double pouched shoulder bag is the answer to the question:  What can you do with a piece of handwoven fabric that's 11" wide and 64" long"?  That's all of the fabric I had, and I still have about 16" left.

The pattern is Vogue 8590, a Marci Tilton pattern.  It all started out looking like this:
(sorry about the color's the difference between indoor and outdoor lighting)  After weaving the fabric and picking the pattern, I wove an inkle band with the same 8/2 cottons that were in the warp.  That's the tiger striped narrow piece just right of center.  The inkle band was just not heavy enough to be a shoulder strap, so I decided to use that sample for the tabs that hold the rings on the sides of the bag. 

Then I started to think about tablet weaving the shoulder strap.  That should give a sturdier fabric because the warps twine around the wefts with each shot.  That's the band you see on the left of the photo.  It is heavier than the inkle band.  It's okay for now, but if I can find 5/2 pearl cotton in the same colors, I will probably re-do the strap. 

The fabric in the upper right corner of the photo is what I used for the lining. 

The two pouches that make up the bag are similar but different.  The front pouch in the top photo has a zippered pocket under the front flap, in addition to the pouch of the main bag.

The back bag has a different sort of pocket.  The pattern calls for this to be a zippered pouch as well, but I like to have an open pocket to keep tissues and lip balm for easy access.  So I made it an open pocket with bound edging.

Inside the main bag lining there's an extra little pocket that will hold a few cards, and a pleated pocket for lipstick or other small items. 
As always, you can click on the photo to see a larger version.
Before sewing with the handwoven fabric, I made a test bag out of a pair of my son's old jeans.  If you decide to try this pattern, I would strongly suggest doing a prototype because the way the pattern is written can be a little confusing.
I'm still drafting patterns from the sloper class...Have made several muslins, but no actual garment yet.  That's my goal over the next couple of weeks.

Doesn't it look like the peach ones are peeking over the shoulder of the red?
They are really stunning this year.  This one is about 5" across:
Thanks for stoppiing by.  Hope your summer is productive!