Monday, November 7, 2011

too busy :-)

Here is my small table loom called "Imp", with the old heddle set-up, which started to frustrate me no end, when the cotton gradually broke, - here and there - during weaving.
I think it would be about 50 if not more years old
and I decided to tie the heddles with new cotton.

Here I started tyeing  the first shaft.......

and something like 1000 knots later:

(I would not recommend it, it takes ages :-)

Here is "Imp" with his 2 new shafts!
I could not get the tightly woven tape to fasten the shafts and decided on shoe laces instead. Unfortunately there are only 2 shoelaces of each colour in the packet, but decided that blue on top and hot pink underneath made for a happy look :-)

Here is "Imp" from the front with a new scarf warp.
I wanted to use this thick weft (for warmth and nice colour)) and make it show more and also wanted the weave to be loose so that it would not be bulky and heavy - I am using a plain weave variation.

Here is the finished scarf (Christmas present for my friend in Germany)

Close-up - the weave worked out very well, the scarf is nice cuddly and soft (and not heavy). The weft is a thick yarn with a ribbon which makes for those colour changes.

And, - I also finished knitting my vest.
It is from Bendigo wool, "Rustic" which is a medium blue with a fleck and finished with a crochet edge.
 It keeps my shoulders nice warm!

And the biggest News?

Guess what is growing in my seed box?

Yes! Tiny "inzy weeny" Mandarin trees :-)
(Imperial Mandarins) Thanks to a tip in the "Gardening Australia" TV show - which was not to dry out the seeds, but to plant them fresh - it took over 5 weeks for them to pop up,
but : here they are!!

I wish you all a good week!


Anonymous said...

I am constantly impressed Vera by your enthusiasm and determination.
Not to mention your energy.

I firmly believe that their is a spiritual element in all creative activity. It keeps us awake, aware and perhaps helps keep us young :)

I do hope that amongst all that activity you found time to enjoy the atmosphere of your Shade House

Much love

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi David,

Thanks for your nice comment!
Yes, I think creativity is energizing , certainly keeps me young at heart :-)

Yes, I am enjoying my shade house. Quite a few more plants live there now and a wonderful windchime came as BD present, - I am really blessed to have this space.

Wishing you a rewarding creative week/weekend,

with Love,
Vera & Karley

Anonymous said...

Hi Mum,

The effort of getting Imp fixed was worth it.It was a lot of knots!
The scarf has come out just lovely! The reds really do make for such a warm look. :-)

Whoo! Congratualtions too on finishing your vest. :-) The blue is such a energising shade.

I'm very happy for you too that the manderines have sprouted. I hope for you they will grow well. It would be lovely to have fresh manderines to pick off the tree in a few years. :-)

Wishing you much energy and inspiration for your tapestry. All your work is good motivation for us all tokeep moving and creating.

With much love
PATS for Karley

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi Tikarma,

Thank you for taking the time to write!!

I'm glad you like my refurbished "Imp" and my other efforts. The vest turned out just as ordered: nice warm but not too hot.
I will try to sort out the "anonymous" thing, it's rather ridiculous!

Wishing you a real good week!!

with Love+ (((Hug)))
Mum & Karley xOOOx

Anonymous said...

Hi Mum,

It's always good to see what you've been up to and what I have to look forward to seeing when I next come to visit. :-)
Glad to hear that the vest is "just right". :-)

Here's hoping that I'll not be anonymous in this comment *fingers crossed*