Day in the studio

I’ve been working all morning on winding off warp. I’m winding off enough for two more table runners. (on one warp) I’m about halfway done, but that’s because I stopped to run, eat lunch, talk to mom and Sarah (my sister) and post this!! I wanted to share pictures of the warp color though. I’m just using one color this time because I only have 8/2 mercerized cotton in one color. (Yup. It’s 8/2 cotton AND it’s mercerized. It’s harder than you think to find)

 I’m pretty happy with the color. Although, I did have to steal (Okay… took with permission) some from my mom’s cone of yarn. I didn’t have as much left as I thought. But that’s okay. I’m planning on using white as weft again. (I know. boring.) But I have a plan for one of these which I shall not speak of on here. Who knows who might be reading! haha. 😉 I’m SO happy that it’s COTTON! That means I can make fringe and NOT twist it! UNTHINKABLE! I’m soo happy. I may make one with fringe and one without…I’m not sure yet. Either way I’m pretty excited to finish winding off the warp and get going! 
Then I really do need to get back to making things for my inventory! Especially if I plan on doing a big craft show in the spring. (And I do) I’m trying to come up with interesting and unique ideas, patterns, textures, yarns, projects, etc. I have a few fun ideas of things to try. We’ll see if they actually work! 🙂 Okay. I’m going to finish winding off warp and perhaps start tying this bitch on. HA! (a bit hyper right now…must be a delayed endorphin rush…) All done. 
~JoAnna

Another baby goat. :)

Molly called me this afternoon to let me know that Belle, another goat mama, had a baby!! 🙂 I haven’t seen her yet but we decided to name her Nutmeg. I’m pretty excited to meet her. If I go to the farm tomorrow I’ll be sure to take pictures. I really need to get a video of the babies running and jumping around. It’s hilarious and adorable! Sorry I haven’t been posting much. Holidays throw everything off but hopefully soon I’ll be back in the swing of things. I need to start some more weaving projects!!
~JoAnna

Finally!

I have FINALLY finished ONE side of the fringe on the table runner. I estimate that it will take me 8-10 hours JUST TO TWIST THE FRINGE!! I am calculating this by how many movies I watched. lol. If you figure a movie is approximately 2 hours long (and I watched TWO while doing this side!!) plus a little more time here and there over the past few days, it comes to somewhere around 8+ hours. Ridiculous. And I even have a fringe twister! (which does speed the process up) Oy. I’m SO not looking forward to doing the other side. But I can’t wash it and see how it feels and shrinks, etc until it’s done. I am certainly not doing more tonight. Right now I’m going to get ready for bed. I’ll be getting up at 6 tomorrow and going to the farm most likely. Yay! 🙂 I’m looking forward to it. Good night!
~JoAnna
PS: On a scarf it takes 30-60 minutes per side of the scarf depending on the sett and how wide it is. *sigh* those were the days.

Fringe…The never-ending story.

Seriously. Never-ending. Okay, okay, I did take a two day break. But I’m STILL twisting fringe. There is no end. If I DO make another one of these (which I hope to) I may try it without fringe or in a cotton so I don’t have to twist the fringe. I do have some 8/2 cotton leftover from my culminating project but I’d like to overdye it with something because I’m tired of that particular blue and green together. haha. 🙂 I suppose I could bleach it and then dye it since it IS cotton….hmmmm….

Once I finally finish the fringe I think this table runner will be lovely. Also I think I need to beat harder. I think that may also have something to do with why my pattern looks more rectangular than it should. Bah. I have very little motivation to do anything today. I hate waking up late. Yup. 8:30am is late for me. Blah. If I get up some motivation I may wind off warp to dye for another table runner. Okay. Back to fringe for now.
~JoAnna

Ummmm….. sooo….. :D

Sooooo……I got a bit excited about the table runner and….I finished it already. 😀

Also, you should know, this is WAY a lot of fringe! I spent….3 and a half hours twisting and still am not quite to halfway on ONE side!!! I’m definitely tying on another warp to this one and weaving another one. I’m SO excited!! 🙂 I know, I know. I got a little over-zealous with my weaving. It was just so fun!! I couldn’t stop myself!

I made one of my Kahlua cheesecakes for Thanksgiving tomorrow and I’m SO excited. 🙂 I also had to chase baby goats…well actually I chased the mamas….all over creation today. I’m quite tired and most likely going to bed. I am SO looking forward to spending time with my two families and eating wonderfully delicious food. Good night and Happy Thanksgiving!!!
~JoAnna

Grrr…An update.

I got home from the farm last night and my mom informed me that the cat (not my cat…) had eaten the two ends of my warp that had broken while I was winding on and I had weighted off the back of my loom. Grrrrr!! Now I’ll have knots showing up in the warp! How frustrating! And the ends are right next to each other so there will be a BIG knot whenever I weave that far. Blah…. 😦

Not much news from the farm. We’re all cleaning and working hard to get it ready for Thanksgiving, as is custom every year. I ended up painting the door to the mud room and also painting the green house. Actually, I painted the mud room door green and the green house white. HA! …Okay. Not funny. Oh well. I also ran goat preschool again yesterday. No new pictures. 😦 Sorry. Forgot the camera. BUT! I think I mentioned that Olivia had hurt her leg the other day (maybe not…). Well it’s completely better and she was even jumping a little. 🙂 She’s not a very bold goat yet. But she’s SO adorable. And I think she remembers me because she doesn’t fuss when I try to hold her. Actually, she fell asleep when I was holding her yesterday. 🙂 Awwwww!

OH! Big news! I hadn’t mentioned this before because I get nervous to mention stuff just in case it doesn’t happen for sure. I sold my second loom! 🙂 One of the girls from the fibers dept. (Ella. Used to be a clay major, just switched to fibers) had texted me a while back and told me she was looking at a Leclerc loom online and was thinking about buying it for $4000 dollars. AHH!! It had crossed my mind that I could sell my second Mac and just buy another one later to upgrade to 8 shafts. But when she told me she was looking for a loom, I started thinking more seriously about it. Anyway, I ended up offering to sell it to her. So she came over and looked at it and decided she wanted it! I sold it to her for a good price AND we delivered it. She’s had a rough couple of weeks. She had mono and totaled her car and had to completely re-design her scarf set project and buy all new yarns. Ben and I hadn’t been up to the craft center since May so we thought we’d offer to deliver the loom and then just stop in and see who was in the studios. It was fun. 🙂 We got to talk to some of Ben’s wood buddies and see what they’re working on this semester. There wasn’t anyone in the fibers studio that I know really so I didn’t go in. (Well…Jess, but I didn’t want to talk to her…lol) Anyway, it was good just to be there even if it was only for a little while. I miss it SO much.

I am going to go find some breakfast and then probably go weave for a bit. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what this table runner looks like once it’s DONE!!! I’m so excited! I want to make another one. haha.
~JoAnna