Well, nothing really interesting has been happening here. Just like most people waiting to see what the future holds for the world. During this time of stay at home orders I have moved my studio out of the basement and into our bedroom. Our basement gets water in it every year, especially this time of year. My husband suggested that I pick up anything I don’t want to get ruined and move my wheel upstairs and work in our room. And don’t you know as soon as I did our sump pump failed and the basement flooded. Thankfully I did get everything up off the floor so there is no damage. My husband was given a really nice desk that he gave to me so I can fully function in upstairs and not have to go back to being Rumplestiltskin working in the basement. This has been an adjustment for me because I am not isolated anymore and the children can easily find me, but I’m getting used to it.
So since this pandemic I have picked up weaving (again). Hubby asked if I can make napkins, so I did and forgot how much I love to weave. I only had a little 10″ Cricket loom but for napkins it was perfect. I did get a 24″ Ashford loom that I am falling in love with. To be able to make towels and bigger items has been wonderful. I also am waiting on a triangle adjustable loom. This is something I have been wanting for a long time. I have some angora yarn and alpaca yarn that I am saving for this. I love the thought of big triangle shawls to wrap myself in during the cold winter months or raw rainy days.
I finished two out of six baby blankets. I am about 1/3 of the way through my almost here niece’s blanket who is due in June. The knit white baby blanket ended up being a crochet rib blanket, still white. I messed up and had to rip back where you could obviously see where I ripped back, just to mess up again. So I went with my original plan of doing a crochet rib stitch. It is beautiful and super warm and comfy. This blanket was made with Lion Brand Thick and Quick. I actually enjoyed working with this yarn and find that is works up really nicely. The yarn I am working with for my niece’s blanket is Caron Simply Soft. I’m not a huge fan of this yarn, but I do think that it works up so nicely. It does tend to split while you are working with it. So with my weaving and making towels and napkins I have dived into the world of plant based yarns. I am used to acrylic and protein (wool) yarns, but plant yarns are a whole new world for me. I have been mainly using Lion Brand Comfy Cotton for my napkins and towels which is a cotton/acrylic blend. But I also ordered some of their new yarn Truboo. This yarn is lovely. It is made from 100% rayon from bamboo. It’s shiny and nice to work with. Full disclosure is does have a tendency to split while I crochet, but it honestly doesn’t bother me. I have decided to make a crochet shirt for myself with it.
So overall things here have been good. Not much in my daily life has changed too dramatically. I hope to go back and post more and be more here than I have been. Stay safe and healthy guys.