To put it bluntly, I’m looking for a new job. This is not a bad thing, I tried to hang on and be a good employee, whatever that means. The truth is, I should have left a couple years ago. But sometimes reality has to hit you like a 2 x 4 before you notice. And the economy is not exactly great, but better than two years ago, or even 6 months ago.
Luckily, my job is not my career. My fiber and my dogs are here waiting for me to straighten out my mind.
I didn’t take many photos as I was too busy WEAVING.
Beth kindly took the above photo for me. She played her many hats over the weekend, weaver, shop owner, mother, consultant. I honestly don’t know how she does it.
We got a chance to wind our own warp. In many parts of Peru two weavers generally wind the warps such as in this video. It is a short section at about 30 seconds into the video.
Since Beth’s shop doesn’t have a dirt floor, Abby brought a board with some dowels we could use. My warping partner was an experienced weaver so warping went smoothly for both of us.
And I walked away with a warp that is now has heddles and is ready to start the pattern I was sent home with. After a while you get really good at tying heddles, you don’t have much choice if you want to keep weaving and not fighting with the warp.
I by no means am ready to move on, but none of my current supply of 8/2 cotton is tightly twisted enough to deal with the abrasion that happens while weaving these. Luckily I still have two more warps to finish.
On the way home, my mind was not on my sock, I was now looking over the patterns again in Nilda’s book discovering I was beginning to read them. That is a powerful tool.
Sad to say, my spinning has lagged. I’ve been spinning on the same bobbin of Bond for way too long now. I’m almost filled the first one, but I need a lot more if I’m going to be making the Elizabeth Zimmermann Nether Garments. Of course everything has lagged over the past several months.
Luckily I can put it all behind and forge forward. Onward!