Christmas preparations are well under way. I see lights every where, homes with trees showcased in the living room windows and traffic is heavy on the roads as everyone dashes to and fro.
We'll be staying close to home for the holidays, just hubby and me! Our time with the grand kids will happen after New Years when things quieten down a smidge. Its all just fine with us as we don't get too cranked about Christmas anyhow. Its an awful lot of pressure on a young family for one day and so we actually prefer to do it at a quieter time.
Our daughter in law sent us a picture from a recent photography session and they are making selections from the professional's cd to purchase. So the copy I have (for now) has their watermark but its still a great one of the grand kids. So here are my little darlings! Ethan (3 1/2 years old) and Madison (nearly 10 months old). I want to know how they got Ethan to sit still that long!
As of now I have completed sorting all photographs from the Family Collection. Boxed up anything not being done during the scanning phase, such as negatives and slides. Its become more compact but still is a sizeable lump in the studio. But its a far cry from ten box loads it was three weeks ago!
To be fair, the two Home Depot boxes are full of negatives, slides (to be viewed and done later) and a lot of scenery and travel shots that won't be done for a *long* time. The main portion is the envelopes top right and the stack of albums from the blue lid and up. The plastic box with the blue lid and down are full of documents which will be used for genealogy and the ongoing family tree at Ancestry. Most of them will be scanned as well to be part of the permanent record.
I'm researching scanners and various on line articles on how to do this project right the first time. Its looking like the Canon scanner we have is likely suitable for the job. Now wouldn't that be nice?
So the anniversary date of when I first started this blog is coming up on January 8th. Its hard to believe that I've been at this for eight years! Some of you have even been following my antics for all those years too. (big warm thank you!) Some of you are newer to the blog and enjoying reading older posts. I've heard from many of you via email, become fast friends with many and had some even come to visit me.
This is when I like to do a 'give-away' to readers as a thank you. This time the gift is a recently completed huck lace guest towel , of 10/2 mercerized cotton and with a fine bamboo weft. It features extensive hemstitching as well. Now I must admit that its not entirely perfect and is what we call a second with a treadling error. Its still lovely and only weavers would know.... your house guest will never notice as they dry their hands.
So how do you enter the draw? Well, I would like you to write a comment (see blow the post and click on the 'comment' word) and tell me what you like about my blog? .... what keeps you coming back?
**Please be very clear with your name and an email to reach you.**
I will make the draw by old fashioned, well stirred "name in a hat" style and announce the winner on January the 8th.
In the mean time, the good news is, I am back to the looms once again! I have made a good restart and it feel great to be back on the bench again. This break away from weaving has been beneficial in a few ways in that my knee has had better time to heal but I was still productive every day, and now I can get back to the looms feeling energized and ready to start the new year!
An eight shaft elaborate point twill, woven "network style". What you can see there is one repeat measuring 7 1/2 inches.
I've shown this one before but it does show the scarf being "treadled as threaded". I had wound the warp forward to start the second scarf and suddenly realized I had forgotten to take a picture! I was feeling pretty good about finishing one scarf and eager to start again!
Purple and teal towels done and I'm moving onto a pretty shade of blue cottolin next! I'm having fun again...
I'd like to wish you a Happy Winter Solstice, Merry Yule!
and Io Saternalia!
For the more traditional of you out there, Merry Christmas ! We hope you enjoy time with family and friends and no doubt there will be good food and lots of it. I hope Santa brings you some yarn as well as other goodies!
I hope 2016 is a healthy and happy year for us all. I know that I'm sure looking forward to seeing happier times and definitely more weaving in the weeks and months ahead!
Remember to leave a comment for an entry into the draw for the guest towel give-away January 8th! I will be back with a New Year's Day post about what is on the loom AND my annual studio year in review....