Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Woo-hoo! The podiatrist cleared me to ditch the big boot in favor of my running shoes! August is not a good time to have a big chunk of foam and plastic stuck on the bottom of your leg. So I get a two week trial, then x-ray, then hopefully all done. I can hardly wait to get back to my weaving project!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Phat Fiber Workshop

Spent a great Saturday at WC Mercantile taking a workshop by Phat Fiber on how to set up an online etsy shop. Jessie was so thorough, and really encouraging to all of us fledgling entrepreneurs. I came home with a binder full of suggestions and pitfalls to avoid. So now that our house is getting a little more orderly, it's time to buckle down,get the ball rolling, and start working on baskets!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tour Update

I was cruising along in the Tour de Fleece and actually getting a lot of spinning done, despite a sore toe. I also warped the loom with some navy 10/2 cotton and started weaving the cotton I had spun on the charkha. When about 75% of the way through spinning the merino/tence roving, I found out that my sore toe was actually a stress fracture. So I was booted by the dr. and my spinning and weaving came to a sudden halt. Here are the last photos of where I ended up, well short of my original goal.

As you can see, I managed to weave one bobbin of white, and was almost through a brown bobbin. That gave me one empty bobbin to refill. And since the charkha is hand-driven, I can spin on that. Guess I need to order more bobbins. There's always something I need...

Day 13 in the Tour de Fleece">
This is about 75% of the orange, and I still have all of the brown left to do. When I get through, I'm going to ply all three colors together.

I did have one nice thing happen though. At the end of the Tour, I won a prize in the Team Lendrum drawing - 4oz. of beautiful hand-dyed BFL roving from Playing With Fiber. Now I just have to wait until the 10th to find out if I've healed well enough to lose the boot.