Monday, October 17, 2016

October Already?

 This superwash wool outfit will be a gift for the step grandson of my partner. The cardigan has a very simple fair isle design. I thought about pants to go with and just made them with simple stripes.  Now I need to mail this off quickly before the tyke gets too big.
 This is an overshot cloth that I wove on a Leclerc Colonial loom. I just purchased this loom recently,  after I sold my medium-sized Mighty Wolf. The warp is a bumpy cotton. The weft is rayon and variegated. There is a finer purple weft thread too.
 And here is the new to me loom. It was made between 1975 and 82. It is a Leclerc Colonial loom. The maximum weaving width is 60 inches and this is a counterbalance loom.

 Along with the loom purchase I acquired a lot of yarn. Also about half of those shuttles came with it. In fact I really got a huge amount of gear and books , because it was the person's whole studio.

One more shot of C├ęcile,  the new loom. I named her after the original owner of this loom. I am very very happy with it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


 The time is just racing by and things are going well at the lake. Some renovations and spring cleaning happened and we've had family visiting. That's a glorious thing.
I will be getting back to my crafts soon. One of the things I am trying to learn are a few different pick up band weaving techniques. This one is called horizontal stripe pick up.
 Also I need to get back to his exploration of Leno lace.  This is probably the simplest form, called 1x1. I have a lot to learn about Leno lace.

 And here is my basic evening knitting project. It will be a scarf for BS. It is merino sock yarn and the stitch is called Hunter's Stitch. Athe some point this crazy heat has to break, right?

This sunrise happened a week ago. I have edited the photo to intensify the colour. But not by much. What a palette,eh? 

Monday, April 11, 2016

A comparison - Ontario to Texas

 Well on the eve of leaving for Home North I am reflecting on some differences between the two homelands. Where we live in Ontario there is possible more water than there is land. We live in the thick boreal forest, very much a wilderness area.

And not too far east of us is Lake Superior, the largest lake in the world. Did you know that a lunar tide can be measured on this lake?

Where we live in Texas has some small towns everywhere. And it is a livestock producing agricultural area. There are a few rivers in the region.

Of particular interest is a comparison of the size of Texas and Ontario. In terms of area: Texas is 268,820 sq miles or 696,241 sq km. Ontario has Texas beat easily with 415,598 sq miles or 1.08 million sq km.

Sigi loved both homes as we do too. A bouquet of gratitude for the differences between the two places and that they provide such good homes for us.