I buckled down this afternoon and finished undecorating the tree, packing ornaments away, but managed to break the leg on the Hummel camel that is my favorite piece in the nativity set! Waaaah! I'm always so careful, too. It's a clean break, probably fixable with Crazy Glue, but I will deal with that next year when I take that box back out! Tree got stripped and moved out to the garage, wreaths put away, and now I feel like cleaning!
Naah, just kidding. I feel like weaving something but that is not going to happen just yet. The project I've decided that I really, really want to start is a very cool linen and wool shawl from a Väv magazine I was browsing through up at a Vavstuga class last spring while on a little break. I jotted down the specifics (not very detailed because…it was plain weave, I'd remember) and of course, I now can't figure out quite a few things that I was sure "I'd remember". I did buy the yarn, and there is a question there, too: I bought two different shades of the wool and I know I had a plan. Did not write it down, and do not remember. Gaah. Anyway, I did a little search last week, found the issue that I was almost positive had the pattern in question, then contacted the magazine in Sweden to order the back issue. Return email said the order was placed, but no indication of cost plus shipping. (How much is 75 kr, anyway?) An email would be sent with payment possibilities. Waiting, waiting, waiting, nothing….so I cancelled the order (I hope) and managed to snag the last one at the new Glimakra site in Oregon. And a 2-year subscription. And the new Väv 2016 calendar. Very expensive phone call. The mag is shipping out today, I hope, and I'll get it next week. That's for loom #1.
I have other plans for loom #2, the big one. It is set up as a 4-shaft, only because I was lacking heddles for all 8, but a quick trip to WEBS yesterday took care of that detail. I can now set up the additional four shafts and be ready to do all kinds of things I can't do now, pattern-wise. OR, hold off on that for the moment and set up a 4-shaft project that is wider. Like a blanket. Or rug. Hold that thought because, after leaving WEBS, our (Other Marcia and I) normal routine is to go south a bit from Northampton to Easthampton (or would that be west? so confused) to the New England Felting Supply so my felter friend can pick up supplies. Strangely, I always manage to spend more there even though I do not felt anything anymore. One time it's hand painted silk, or wool for spinning….this time I joked that I bought a whole sheep! It was a huge bundle of Finn (and something) roving….3 pounds of it. Great for a rug, according to the wrapper, and an idea came to me. If I dragged out a wheel, I could pretty quickly spin up some fat singles that could be used as the weft for a woven rug! Maybe even do something funky like putting locks in….or mixing in other colors. (My "sheep" is white.) In any event, this is rug idea is quickly scooting up to the top of the list of possibilities...and I could use a few nice throw rugs! Since I only need four shafts, the complete setup of that loom will get put off a bit longer. Spinning the wool will fill up the time till the shawl pattern gets here. Good plan.
I did finish the Monk's Belt Runner today. It took longer to edge it with blanket stitch than it took to weave it, but I really think the blanket stitch idea worked. It's still a bit wavy, but the not-so-perfect edging makes it look almost primitive. Definitely at least "rustic". If done perfectly, and put through a cold mangle, this runner might have been a bit more formal. With the blanket stitch, it is not the least formal, but that's okay. What do you think?
So, yesterday was a day of friendship, a decent ride, a lovely lunch, and fun shopping with only one disappointment: WEBS did not deliver on my main quest of the yarn and pattern for an Icelandic sweater. I could not find a pattern I liked, so I bagged the idea for now. I still have gift cards for a future trip, and maybe I can find a pattern I like on Ravelry. Stay tuned.