I decided last week that in order to get everything done for the TACA fair, I’m going to have to start treating this thing more like a job and have hours of operation and all that. So this morning I got up, showered and was “at work” by 8:00am. Granted I don’t have to drive anywhere, just walk down the hall, but if I don’t treat it like I have to go somewhere, I won’t be able to think of it like work or a job. And I need it to be so I stay focused. I can’t be running off every 5 minutes to check my email and facebook or whatever. Seriously, what is it that I do everyday? lol
I’m planning on an hour break around noon-ish for lunch and to rest my back (This is important.) Today it was a bit earlier because I finished threading, beaming on and tying to the front beam right at 11:30. But I won’t be dressing a loom everyday so I’m shooting for noon-ish. Actually, that’s kind of exciting to know that I can spend my morning “shift” dressing a loom and be weaving by afternoon.
Ben’s been so sweet and patient with me about all of this. Like yesterday I decided I didn’t want to do twill towels so I wouldn’t be able to tie on to the napkin/pillow warp like I had planned but that meant I had to do more samples. Blah. 😦 Ben reminded me that it was a GOOD thing that I was sampling. For example, I discovered that my calculations for placemats were WAY off and they came out way too narrow (again…always my problem…) but if I hadn’t sampled, I would have been stuck with a crapton of ity bity placemat shaped piece of fabric. Oh I also decided I definitely want to do fringe on the placemats cause I really don’t want to hem them. haha.
So ANYWAY. 🙂 I’m feeling very positive and happy right now…which might also have to do with the fact that I just had lunch… But whatever. Still happy. I’m pretty excited about the waffle weave towels. I’ve been planning on trying these for a while. I’m using 10/2 cotton in white sett at 24 epi in a 6 dent reed. I have 450 ends which ends up at around 19″. (Okay 18.75″ but who’s counting?) The warp I just put on is 4 yards long so I should be able to get 4-5 towels; maybe even 6! I think I’ll probably end up dyeing some yarn for more towels if these turn out well. I don’t want to do JUST white. I could dye some yarn with curry…
OH did I mention I ordered the lye for making soap?! Wait…did I mention I’m making soap?? Okay. Backing up. I’m planning on making 300 bars of honey almond oatmeal goat milk soap. (That’s a MOUTHFUL!) I’m going to be felting all the bars of soap using brown wool (because I can get it super cheap from Webs) and putting different colored stripes of dyed wool on each bar. I’m felting them so they still fit into the fibers/textile medium which I got into the TACA fair for. But it’s my sneaky way of also having my in-laws soap products there. I’m still making the soap myself though. But it’s their recipe…and I’ll do it at their house. And then I can plug the farm for them. “Yes, the recipe used to make this soap is from Fall Creek Farms. They are a certified naturally grown farm in Spencer! They offer Goat milk shares and a CSA Here’s a brochure.” I’m SERIOUSLY good at this. BWAHAHAHAHA! (…That was my evil laugh…) All done now.
My break’s almost over and I’ve gotta sync my iPod before I go back to work so I can have movies to watch while I’m weaving. Yup. I’m that skilled. I can weave AND watch movies on my iPod. 😀