Crazy as a Loom

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Looking back.

As I am getting ready for my big OPEN HOUSE and SALE on October 11th, in an attempt to
downsize and streamline Crazy as a Loom, I find myself thinking about a lot of different things.

I am remembering how I started this business, and how I felt when I bought the studio.


This seems like a lifetime ago.  It was such a mess.
Thank God I had a vision.



I started today with one room, going through drawers and cupboards, sorting cones of thread, trying to get all the SALE stuff together.  I figure one room today, another tomorrow.....then we'll move on to the "old pantry" which doubles as a half bath, and fabric storage, and then the LOFT, which is a nightmare of goodies to be sorted.
I will putter with it the rest of this week, then on Monday, Lois and I will dig in.
Then my friends Sue and Kathy, fellow weavers, will come on Thursday to make the final push.......setting it all up.
I have over 600 cones of yarn/thread, so display will be a challenge.

This is just the TIP of the iceberg.



While at the show this weekend, a previous student of mine stopped by my booth, and told me that SHE will be teaching classes at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY.  The other weaving teacher at the school is also one of my previous students.
Wow.
I think that one of the most rewarding parts of my Crazy as a Loom adventure is that:  all the incredible passionate weavers out there that started with me.
Wow.

I should have kept track, had a list, but of course, I didn't.  Some of those weavers have become dear friends.

Then I remember how I started, taking an 8 weeks basic weaving course from a teacher with a bad attitude.
My salvation was that I was so stubborn, and learned on my own, and that I found a mentor, via the internet, my friend, Chris Gustin of Homestead Weaving.
I don't know what I would have done without her support.

In the end, my gratitude has translated into how I feel about teaching weaving.  I love that I have made a difference, even a little one.
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Hope you have all gotten my newsletter.....if not, I'll blatantly advertise here, and tell you that all rugs  (except the 4x6 and 5x7) are HALF PRICED through midnight October 7th.
Once you purchase, I will refund the 50% discount via Paypal.
Just in case you wanted to know.
Oh, and the baby blankets are on the web site, with more to come after the Open House.

And a mini trip to Maine.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Finally, blogger let me publish.

Last week was a busy week, getting ready for the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival.
Set up was Friday, we were there all weekend, and Monday was spent putting the shop back together.

It was a nice weekend, the weather was gorgeous, and there were a lot of people out and about.



My friend and fellow weaver, Sue, demonstrated the band loom on Saturday.


 On Sunday, I did the demo, except when my grandgirl Ava took over for me.


She is my one hope that someone in my family will actually be a weaver.  She really is a natural.


Speaking of band looms.   I have TWO Glimakra Swedish band looms in the shop, in case anyone needs a new hobby.
They are wicked fun, and addictive.   I love mine.  I have made a guitar strap, a belt, some key fobs, and I'm not done yet!

My daughter, who was helping also, was very happy to see her niece, baby Dale.



Life is hard sometimes....really hard.

But I am grateful beyond belief.....for my incredible family, my friends, my life.
Every day is a gift.


Monday, September 22, 2014

A Harem in Kingsbury

You know that you're crazy, right????

This is the question posed to me by L today.


And it's all Bart's fault.  He was out of the garden today, quite frantic, because he couldn't get back in to his flock.
DH was painting, and saw him, opened the gate, and let him back in.

I have seen 'several' of the girls flapping their wings and trying to fly around in there.......and they easily got to the height of the top of the fence.
So what to do.
I have every intention of putting a 7 ft fence around the garden at some point, so I can let them in there every year.  But doing it now is problematic.
First off, I have a lot of things on my plate.
Secondly, my head is not making my life easy.
Thirdly, I called everywhere I could think of, and no one has the fence I want.

So, I brainstormed.  There had to be a way to fix this, with stuff I have.
And what, pray tell, do I have the MOST of.
Yup, fabric.


L helped me, it didn't take long.  This prompted the question about whether or not I knew that I was crazy.

 The wind was blowing, and the chickens ran out, and back in.......both curious and anxious at the same time.
It will probably take a few days for it to feel normal.  Today it's windy, so they are really spooked.

But guess what?

It works.  It's colorful.  It cost nothing.
And who else has a harem in their back yard,  complete with tent...........BART???

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Satisfaction



Finally done with the first batch of baby blankets.  Fourteen of them, 34x48, 100% cotton, one already gone to my youngest daughter's friend, who is having her first baby.  One sold today just from my Facebook post.
The rest are going to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival next weekend, at the Washington County Fairgrounds, in Greenwich, N.Y.

I think I will put another warp on the AVL this week,  for more of them.  They are so colorful, and so soft, I can't imagine they will stay around for long.




These have been a lot of fun to weave.   I washed them, and dried them in the dryer, and they came out looking just lovely.  That's a very satisfied feeling.

On the garden front, the girls are hard at work.
They are waiting every morning for me to let them out of their run, and into the garden.


I think, however, that Bart just supervises, and struts around looking handsome.


The birthday party was a big success.

 


 But doesn't she look like she's saying............."uh, the cupcake was great, but this hat............"





Thursday, September 18, 2014

A milestone.




Aw, Nexxie...........still missing that boy.  Can't believe he's gone some days.



 We will be celebrating Dale's first birthday this weekend.  It's hard to believe that she is one already.


She is getting ready to impress us all with her walking skills.
But first, she has to stop bouncing.

video


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Standoff

I've started taking Roy to the studio during the day, especially now that he has a fenced in yard.

The cats mostly disappear, except for Sydney, who isn't intimidated by anything  much.

They sat on opposite chairs, you can tell how concerned Syd is.








Roy doesn't have a mean bone in his body.  When we got him, the rescue group we adopted him from said that he couldn't be around cats.
That's a laugh.


He was so good, I rewarded him with a walk by the river.




Now to get a little time on my band loom.   This is too much fun.





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A day at the studio.

I love the studio in the autumn.  The light is lovely.  I always feel at peace there.

Here's what I've been weaving on the AVL.

Baby blankets, the softest imaginable.







 When I get this warp done, I will take the blankets off, hem them, and wash them.
They come out of the dryer soft and fluffy.



Kizzy and Jinx love this sunny spot on the bed.
 They don't care about working.



 
Lois and I do lunch promptly at noon. 
Sydney is responsible for letting us know when that time arrives.
She is very good at it.





Lois is weaving off the Cranbrook warp, in more rosepath rugs.
Next up:  mohair throws.




My new attitude of downsizing, and keeping things simple, is feeling good.

Welcome to my world.

Because every thread counts

Because every thread counts