Thursday, November 24, 2016

So Thankful

Each year there's so much to be thankful for.
Family, good health, fun hobbies.

We were driving through the mountains the other day,
taking in the views and viewing the fresh snow.
Dreaming of the upcoming ski season.

Because my husband was in the military,
we've lived all over the world.

We've chosen to live in Idaho,
which has so much to offer if you love the outdoors.

I'm so thankful to be able to still hike in the mountains,
to be able to stand on a high peak 
and absorb the stillness
and the raw beauty of Idaho.

I'm thankful for skiing, 
(for my knee holding together another year)

dual sport motorcycling on quiet mountain roads, 

and camping.

Thankful for clear rivers to stand in to fish
while trying to catch a trout. 

For my life not being defined by what I own,
but about the experiences/adventures that I've had.

And most of all,
so, so, so thankful not to read/hear about
the presidential/political stuff anymore.
Hurrah to that!!!

Here's hoping, 
wherever you are, 
that you have
an awesome day spent with family or friends,

Monday, November 14, 2016

Scarf Play

I've been playing with weaving scarves lately.
I looked in my weaving notes and realized that
it's been six years since I last wove a scarf!
Now I'm making up for lost time.

I finished my bamboo/cashmere/silk plain weave scarf
and I love the hand/drape to it.
I wore it for the first time the other day
(even if it wasn't really cold enough)
and it felt deliciously awesome!
This is going to be a favorite scarf, 
I just know it.

I finished weaving the next series of scarves 
that had a fall feel to it with colors of burnt orange, soft yellow, and various greens.
I wove three scarves off of the Tencel warp:
starting on the left the weft is hand carded Cormo alternating
with a slubby handspun silk yarn; the black scarf has a
Merino/Tencel weft alternating with the handspun silk yarn; 
and the scarf on the right has a weft of upcycled cashmere yarn 
unraveled from a beige thrift store sweater that I 
dyed a soft green, burnt orange, and soft yellow.

The black Merino/Tencel/silk scarf has an interesting pebbly texture to it.

The Cormo wool started out being dyed in small bundles

then I hand carded it to make small rolags to spin.

Have you ever worked with Cormo wool?
It's super soft and lovely to spin/weave with.
I had the serendipitous opportunity to buy bags of 
Cormo wool a few years back from a local farmer.
Happy days :-)

The Cormo/silk/Tencel scarf:

I'm having a blast weaving scarves,
just in case you haven't noticed.

Weave on,