I have very much appreciated the more moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean and the occassional warm air flow up from southern regions, usually California or the "Pineapple Express" from Hawaii.
We have buds forming on trees, the hellebore was sprouting and the snowdrops are up.
Or, they were.... they had better live up to their name as they are well and truly buried now! In fact we have had snow falling for over three days and nights. Its not the light airy stuff but heavy and wet. Its collapsing hedges, trees and plants. Bruce has been out three times using a rake to get the poor things unnburdened and no doubt will have to go out again tomorrow. We haven't been out anywhere and so no tire tracks in the drive way. We had a young friend call today to see if we are okay! That's comforting that someone thought of us senior "shut-in's".
There were wind storms last week and we dutifully prepared with candles, extra water and provisions. Nothing happened. But with silent and never ending snow, the power outages sneak up on you and we sat in the dark and chilly house at 8 pm on a Saturday night and decided we might as well go to bed. The power came back on at 4 am and all the lights you had on, came back on. Bruce stayed up to watch the Canadians win the gold medal for men's hockey. I reckoned the hilights on the news would be enough for me and went back to bed.
The only family member really excited about the snow is Calli...
These were taken the first day and the snow is now up to the top of her long legs and she's pushing through it with her chest. She throws the ball into the air and then shoves her face into the snow drift and tunnels to find it again. There is much running to and fro and general goofiness that Airedales are know for.
When she's done, she packs her ball to the back door and waits. Then the snow ball removal begins!
Snow days means prime weaving weather so I have been working on getting the big loom all set up with a 8/2 cotton short towel warp. Its a multi striped coloured warp that changes every eight ends, with a black every third stripe for continuity and contrast. The colours are chosen from many cones that are down to their last third or less and I was able to recycle several tube centres into the recycle bag.
It was a spontaneous selection of colours. Pick a pair that go together nicely and the third stripe was black. The only organisation was I placed the pair of colours on the far right and when the top of the table was full, then I went back to the original pair and then split them up or, at least, reversed the colour order. (the cones waiting south of the bobbin winder are wall flowers waiting to dance .... they may or may not).
I would wind on each one inch bout as I went. Twenty four in all; seven yards long. I hung the lease sticks from the upper castle and threading started.
It made for a bright collection! It was a straight draw of one through to eight and the sett is 24 epi.
So this warp will take time to weave off as its for a half dozen towels, plus the last towel will be left for the possible new owner of the loom to try their hand at throwing a shuttle. I did promise you a peak at the pattern as it will be a long time before you see the finished towels!
The pattern is Breaks and Recesses from Carol Strickler's 8 Shaft Pattern Book. I have done this pattern before here and here and here. I love the way it produces tidy little boxes of twill that will make a nice thirsty and colourful towel. No long floats and an easy threading and treadling. I'll post update pictures of the progress from time to time. First towel is an all black weft for now.
Now to see if we can get out of our driveway and get to town for groceries and a post office visit. We are getting cabin fever after four or five days of togetherness!
Parting shot: our back deck late last night.... and yes, it was still snowing.