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 on....next 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......