Monday, May 20, 2013

High Fiber—Adventures in Weaving and Other Fiber Fun

In spite of a busy week, there was some progress on several projects. The appliqué part of the Delectable Pathways quilt is coming along. 
I worked on it some during the Common Threads meeting, which took place at Margareth’s. We got to see her loom, which is situated with a lovely view of the mountains surrounding our area. (Her loom is beautiful, too.)
Margareth had been working on the warp for an afghan.
She showed me how she moved the reed to one side (to the left in this photo) to enable her to move the heddles out of the way for threading. She will be using the double-weave method to make her cloth twice the width.
Margareth had one of her finished projects on display on her dining table, this table runner:
Margareth invented the design for this heart afghan, which she trimmed with a crochet lace. It’s a real inspiration, seeing what she’s made in the few months she has been weaving.
My rug is coming along. The smaller one is about half finished:
I’m using Wool of the Andes bulky in several colors. Details are in last week’s blog post. Margareth and I will be taking Jason Collingwood's rug class in November. We decided to buy some of the rug yarn he uses, and Karan joined in to  order the yarn we need for the class through WEBS, since these yarns are included in their special May sale.
I also managed to get a bit of spinning done. The first bobbin of Full Circle Espresso is almost done. Here's how it looked a few days ago. Just imagine the bobbin fuller now. It's also darker than it appears. My photo needed the flash.
Tuesday was Daphne’s third birthday. Her parents got her a little bicycle.
We got her an Olivia doll and three books about the precocious pig. She had her first real birthday cake:
We joined the other grandparents at her birthday party by Skype. We all had a great time, although Skype doesn't allow us to taste the cake!
The week also included Tuesday evening’s practice for the Park City Singers spring choral concerts, which took place Friday and Sunday evenings, and dinner and the opera Wednesday evening. We saw The Barber of Seville at Utah Opera. We’ve seen this opera before, but this was the best performance we’ve ever seen. The audience was almost rolling in the aisles, it was so funny, thanks to amazing choreography and hilarious visual gags.
I’m ready for a quieter week, though. My social life is cutting into my fiber fun! Also hoping our spring weather comes back! It has dropped back to the 40s!
What's on my needles: Daphne's Bunny Suit, front and back done. Ready to start the sleeves. (A boo-boo on my finger has cut into my knitting fun, making the other activities easier to do.)
What's on my loom: The rug shown above, half finished.
What's on my iPad: Listening to another Audible audiobook, Dean Koontz’s Whispers, and various podcasts, including Seyne Mitchell's Weavecast and Benjamin Levisay's Fiber Hooligan podcast, new episode available today.
What's on my wheel: Full Circle Roving in "Espresso." First bobbin almost done.
What's on my Featherweight: Delectable Pathways, blocks finished, now piecing the pieced blocks together with plain triangles in strips, and making progress on the appliqué.
What's in my wine glass: Parducci Small Lot Blend Petite Sirah, 2008, a new addition to our list of favorites.
Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the MacBook, using the iPad for photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.


  1. Beautiful projects as normal!!

  2. I don't think I've been called normal before!