PS: I found my camera.

I’m always amazed at how a warp can go from looking like this:

To this:

Here’s a few more of stuff I’ve been working on! I’m SO pleased with everything.

Can’t wait to felt this stuff up and attempt to make them into clutch bags.

~JoAnna

Cottage update

Some pictures of progress made on the cottage. All the mudding is just the first coat, but it’s still really exciting!!! 🙂

~JoAnna

Update

This update was supposed to contain lots of pictures of what I’ve been weaving, baby goats, knitting projects, family dinners, etc. Unfortunately, I can’t find my camera right now…Between my parents house and our little cottage, it’s amazing I can still find my brain.

I have been working on a few projects lately though. When I’m not at the farm working on the walls of our house, I’ve been able to weave and knit a few things. It started with my brother requesting a scarf for his birthday. He said he wanted it to be like the felted wool hat I gave him for Christmas. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the request until the day before his birthday so I couldn’t give it to him ON his birthday. I just put it on, wove it, felted it and gave it to him Friday. (I think I wove it on Monday? But I can’t remember…blah)

So the scarf: I chose to use worsted weight knitting yarn (Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks, if you’re wondering.) I didn’t actually have much of the same colors I used in his hat leftover, so I had to improvise a bit. I wanted it to have stripes of different shades of blue and grey. His hat is a light grey with a small stripe containing 3 different shades of blue, a large band of black, another stripe of the blues and then grey. It’s one of the nicest hats I’ve made in that style, I believe. 🙂 Anyway, I didn’t have any of the light grey left but when I asked him about colors for his scarf he said he wouldn’t mind a darker grey which I did have.

Here’s a photo: (sorry about the image quality. It’s from my cell phone…)

On the loom and ready to weave!

I’m quite happy with how the striping turned out. It’s a palindrome pattern which I just love! 🙂 Yep. I’m a nerd. I love palindromes.

After I wove that up (And boy howdy does it go FAST! 160″ in 90 minutes.) I cut it off and washed in the machine on hot and then dried it. I’m still figuring out the shrinkage rate. I wove it double because I think you’re supposed to calculate for 50-60% shrinkage when felting a woven piece. I wanted it to be about 80″ long when it was done. It ended up more like 90″ which I was concerned about, but he said he’ll wear it for a while and see if it works and then let me know.

I had a bit of warp left over when I finished weaving my bro’s scarf so I wove that up too just because. I’ve been doing that lately. Just weaving up any extra, zigzagging the edges and putting it away to use later. So this extra bit got felted too and I discovered it would be the perfect size for a little clutch bag. Then I thought, I should just make a bunch of those! So I did. Here’s another warp:

Another striped warp!

I wound off two more of these little two yard warps. They weave up QUICK. Like 30-45 minutes. There’s a lot more prep work involved in these, but I think they’ll be fun. 🙂

Okay I did find that I had two pictures of baby goats that I took last week on my phone. Here they are:

Pumpernickel! Adorable baby girl goat.

Twin baby boy goats: Skunk (white head/ears) and Monk (Brown ears) Just moments after birth.

These babies might be some of the most adorable we’ve had! Mostly because of the floppy ears. 🙂 I wish we could keep the boys, but unfortunately we don’t need more bucks in the herd right now. 😦

Well there you are. A little update and a few (bad quality) pictures. 🙂 I have also been knitting a few things too. I’m working on a tube sock pattern which I plan on felting. I have no clue if they’re going to work yet. Ben said they look like strange, long hats. haha. He said I should make them for snowboarders. They look like those long sleeping caps. haha. If that pattern works though, I may make more! The only bummer is I have to make them one at a time. Blah. Okay well I’m off to either finish the “socks” or put on another warp.
~JoAnna

TACA meeting

I forgot to mention that I went to my first TACA meeting. Well…first meeting as an actual member. I’ve been to them before because my mom’s been on the board or an officer or whatever on and off for like 7+ years.

Anyway, it was a good meeting. Although I have to admit, it felt like sitting in a room with aunts and uncles all arguing about a plan of action for what to do next. I say aunts and uncles because there were only two people (myself and a clay student I know) in the room under the age of 50. Ryan (clay student) and I didn’t say much. Although he said more than I did because he’s involved with VAS…

Anyway, once the business end of the meeting was done, we had show and tell. Everyone brought pieces that they had been working on to show to the other members. I had NO idea what to bring because I’ve never been before so I just grabbed a pile of woven stuff that I’ve done in the past few months and took it with me. I took two overshot table runners, a linen canvas weave table runner, a huck lace scarf, a boucle rayon scarf, and the orange felted blanket. It was encouraging to hear other artists compliment me on my work. Especially artists that have been artists for much longer than I have.

I don’t know if any of you reading this are familiar with Claudia Lee, but she’s a paper/fiber artist and she’s just wonderful. 🙂 She was there and being the only other weaver/fibers person besides myself and my mom, she was the only person that probably truly understood what goes into weaving. She also made a really good loaf of bread which I devoured! haha.

Susan DeMay (sp?) was there as well. She’s the clay instructor at Vandy and I love her work. It’s whimsical and just lovely. 🙂 She liked my orange blanket in particular.

Anyway, it was nice to get to hang out with other artists even if they were several decades older than me. haha. Plus it was at the Craft Center and I was happy to be back up on The Hill even if it wasn’t for class. I’ve missed it terribly. Although I did sort of feel out of place being there now. Oh well. 🙂

Now I just have to wait in agony for another week to find out if I got into the TACA Spring Craft Fair! EEEK!
~JoAnna

Ahhhgghh…Blogging fail.

Someday I’ll blog again regularly. Booo!

Anyway, I’ve been busy…again… Big surprise there…

Worked on the house most of last week. I’m currently taping and mudding the walls. (i.e. Covering up all the joints and screws in the sheet rock) I’m pretty excited about this step because that means that the next step is COLOR!!! PAINT!! I FINALLY GET TO PAINT! This is what I’ve been looking forward to the ENTIRE time. 🙂 Yes. It will be fun. … Crap. I just remembered I have to mud the ceiling first. Boooo.

I’ve also been weaving a bit. I’ve been gone so much I haven’t had a lot of time to weave but I did manage to finish up those huck lace scarves (finally). I can’t wait to wash them and see how the shrink up and everything! It’ll be fun. I like surprises.

My sister is leaving on SUNDAY for South Korea! I seriously hope I’ve mentioned this before…if not, I am again, a failure. Anyway, she’s going to teach English there for a year! It’s pretty cool and I’m really happy for her! I’m also worrying about all the adjustments she’ll go though, but I know God will be with her when she feels most alone. And He’ll get her through the first few months of difficulty.

Umm….Let’s see…Goats! I haven’t talked about them for a while. haha. We’ve had a few more losses and more births. Two of the “teenagers” (babies that are 1 year old now) lost their babies. One was probably due to us giving her medication because she was sick, but when it comes to choosing between a baby and a mama, you always save the mama. I believe I wrote about Molly and I having to deliver a still born baby goat. Ick. No fun.

A couple of weeks later, another mama lost her baby. It lived through delivery, but we didn’t hear her in labor and we lost that one too. She didn’t know what she was doing and didn’t lick it off (and we weren’t there to clean out its mouth and nose) so we lost that one too. It happens. It’s just frustrating that it’s happened so much this year. 😦

Also, I may have mentioned that we suspected a few of the goats to be sick with…something…and we lost an 8 week old baby to that. 😦 Betty. All the other babies are strong and healthy though. We’re watching them all very closely.

Now for happier news! We’ve had two sets of twins born!! Bashful, a second time mama, had a twin boy and girl and we named them Smokey and Bandit as they are both grey. 🙂

Brownie, another second year mama, also had twins, two boys, Skunk and Monk. Brownie’s babies were fathered by our “loser buck” who is full bred Newbian. (floppy ears) He’s a bit of a loser because he’s a runt. We don’t really want to breed small…ness into the herd because that makes kidding more difficult and generally the mamas give less milk, etc. Anyway, Skunk is brown with a black head and a white spot on it and white, floppy ears. And Monk is brown with a bit of black and brown floppy ears. They’re both adorable! I will try to get pictures of both sets of twins when I’m out there later this week. 🙂

That’s just a quick update. I need to go twist some fringe so I can wash those scarves!
~JoAnna

Finished!

I finished The Fellowship of the Ring this morning. 🙂 I probably would have finished it last week if I had remembered to bring it with me to the farm. Buuut….I didn’t. And I was kicking myself the whole week!

Anyway, the last time I attempted to read it, I think I was like 17. I must say, my reading comprehension has improved VASTLY since then. Which may be from being forced to read strange/old literature in college where if you don’t pay attention and comprehend what’s going on, you fail a quiz which leads to failing the class. It was much easier to understand and catch some of the history that they’re all talking about all the time.

I must confess, I skipped almost ALL the songs. They take forever to read and most of the time they don’t relate to anything at all. Occasionally they do, but since I’m not going to remember them by the time I’m reading the Silmarilion, I figured I’ll re-read them when I get to that point.

Hopefully I’ll start the Two Towers SOON! 🙂 Another confession: I still just love the movie. Not more than the book, necessarily, but probably the same. And I definitely like Boromir’s character better in the movie. He’s deeper and more conflicted rather than just being a steward’s son who’s obsessed with his city. He’s like one of the annoying football fans that’s completely obsessed with his team and is incapable of thinking of anything else. Yup. Oh and Sam’s character is better in the book. He’s great in the movie, but so much more so in the book. 🙂 Okay. I think I’m done for now. I’m going to go weave a bit.
~JoAnna

PS: Double nerd moment: I love when they’re leaving Lothlorien and they Company is given Elven clothing. It was woven by Galadriel (Sp? forgive me) herself. For the movies, they hired handweavers to weave the cloaks that they are given. I believe they used Merino wool? You have to love me anyway. Despite my nerdom.

Edit: They actually used a specific sheep breed from…Gotland? The yarn used was a handspun blend of gotland wool and alpaca and was approximately 35 wpi (thickness…Wraps per inch) The movie hired a specific textiles guild from NZ which is pretty awesome. They’ve done work on several other movies including the Narnia movies. Stansborough is the name a believe.