I have fallen down yet another rabbit hole. What’s funny is I had thought of that exact expression myself, but when I told my friend Robin about my new toy she said the same thing – “Fell down another rabbit hole!”. Too funny in my book.
But I needed something funny. I joined the shoulders and started the border on the Stranded Surprise. I decided after getting this far
that I wanted to change the back of the neck so I took the whole border out and started it again. I finished it, put it on (still has no sleeves) and am kind of disappointed.
Maybe blocking will help, we’ll see. But it’s short, the bottom flares, and it feels terribly bunchy under the armpits. Of course, I’m also wearing a huge t-shirt that wodged up under it so it may not be quite as bad as it felt. And blocking should help. At least I keep telling myself that. Trying to decide if I want to block before I do the sleeves. If it doesn’t help, I’ll probably felt it and cut it up for coasters or something. I’m absolutely not blameless on the things that are wrong, but I’m still feeling kind of bummed about it.
I did get the BMFA fiber club shipment week before last and forgot to post it. It’s 80% Merino/20% Tussah, and the color is Nanu Nanu in honor of Robin Williams.
On top of the SS debacle, we finally figured out this morning that poor Brandi had fleas. She’s been awfully twitchy for the last couple of days and I had looked her over, but didn’t see them or the “flea dirt” that comes with them. (Total aside, don’t you just love some of those euphemisms?) This morning she was on the bed while the sheets were in the wash so was on the white mattress protector. No doubt about it – a BUNCH of nasty little black flea shit spots. So we sprang into action that included me climbing into the shower with the dog, some serious cleaning, washing of a bunch of stuff, etc. Tomorrow we’ll arrange getting the yard treated and get some flea treatment for the cats even though they show no signs of being infested. We’re hoping we caught it early enough we don’t have to get the inside of the house treated. Keep your fingers crossed.
Now, about that rabbit hole. I got a loom last week.
It’s a 32″ Kromski Harp. Right now I’m just practicing plain weaving, but once I get the stand I’m going to try some actual usable placemats. BTW, if you decide you need a loom consider a stand. I wish I’d got one with my original order like I started to.
I’ve ordered a couple more reeds that will be more appropriate for the finer yarns I plan to work with most of the time, as well as a couple of other accessories that should make things easier. I still need LOTS of practice warping. Warping or dressing is putting the long strings on the loom that run vertically in the picture above. It takes a while, but proper warping makes or breaks your project. The stuff you see on the loom now is some cotton that’s been in stash forever, and it’s just little rags to get used to working with the thing.
So, while it hasn’t been a bad week it’s felt a little ugh today. I’m looking forward to exploring weaving, and it will be a great way to use some of this yarn I’ve been collecting. Plus it will give me something to do with the different kinds of yarns I want to spin but haven’t because I know I’d never knit with them.