Thursday, February 02, 2017

Back to Work

My extended holiday (AKA recuperation) is soon over, although there is still some Physical Therapy to be done, but I am longing to get back into the studio and weave.

I had a lot of knitting projects (and videos on knit techniques to learn), but failed to take into consideration the effect of pain medications on brain power and concentration. So, except for a little bit of what I call idiot knitting (an appropriate adjectivefor my condition), I really have not done much textile stuff since mid-December.

I apologize for having been so silent this past 6 weeks, but have had nothing to report. That will change soon, I promise!

Friday, January 06, 2017


I have a piece in the current exhibition of the Paso Robles Art Association, themed "Oceans." The weaving is based on an image of California Highway One, north of Piedras Blancas.

 The PRAA gallery is open Thursday through Sunday starting at noon. Closing hours vary depending on day of the week, so check the website before visiting. This exhibit will be up until Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Forgot to mention: the artist reception and awards ceremony is Saturday, January 7, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. I will try to attend, if only for a short time (crowds holding wine glasses make me nervous while I'm still semi-mobile, as do rainy streets and sidewalks).

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

We plan to celebrate at an hour when somewhere, it is midnight on 31 December 2016. Most likely it will be East Coast time, not West Coast time...

The image for my year is this one, which was a snapshot taken of the screen of the surgeon's computer showing the new knee mid-last-week, just after the hardware was installed. I was there yesterday to have the staples removed (ouch) and to get his permission to attend some very low-key celebrations this evening.

Front view on the left, side view on the right. Look closely at the side view, and you can see the row of staples just to the left of the remains of the kneecap that was damaged while I was studying at Oberlin Conservatory.

Tomorrow, I'll see if the looms are still speaking to me after this absence, and will post my 1/1/2017 State of the Loom report. Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

News for the New Year

I hope everyone has a happy time this holiday season! Me? I'll be getting acqainted with a new, improved right knee. I smashed up the original during my misspent youth, and the surgeon at the time said it would probably bother me later. Yes, it does, although the only breakage was the kneecap, not the long bones of upper or lower leg. Heaven knows what's going on in there after 50 years, but we're about to find out. Because I have a pacemaker installed, it is difficult to find a compatible MRI machine whose operator is willing to risk the liability associated with damage to my pacemaker, so all my current surgeon can see is x-ray imagery.

In any case, I will be out of touch for a few days this week. DH will post here after the surgery.

Happy New Year to us all!

(The photo, btw, was taken on the last evening of our recent European trip, in front of the best restaurant any of us had ever experienced: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Fantastic!)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Rayon Scarves Finished at Last!

You know it will be iridescent when you cut the cloth off the loom, and even before the finishing (mending, washing, and pressing) has begun, the raw cloth smiles at you like this:

And after the finishing, it smiles again:

The weave has relaxed and evened out, the floats do what floats do, grouping themselves together, the plain weave is much smoother, and the pressing enhances the luster.

Scarf #5, on the other hand, although I confess I haven't seen it in daylight since doing the finishing yesterday evening, looks less iridescent. Why? Less contrast in hue or value? Don't know. If the appearance has changed when I go up to the studio after lunch, you will hear the cheering from here.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Last Look

Here's scarf #5 under the loom.

This is the one with a dark green weft, but from this angle what shows is the warp color (blue) except where the floats interrupt the areas of plain weave.

There is still some weaving to be done on #6, but the prep for the holidays keeps getting in the way of studio time.