First of all, I finished the first of two fabric strips that I am weaving for my Rigid Heddle Study Group created over at the Wonder Why Alpaca Farm Ravelry Group. Although many of us own Cricket Looms, it's open to anyone with a Rigid Heddle Loom. This month, for our first meetup, we decided to follow the instructions inspired by the Don's Delis Blog and created a woven bag. I am making one for myself and one for my daughter plus I want to make one for my pal, Holly. She is one awesome lady who is constantly giving and deserves a special gift for all the wonderful she does plus now that we are both working, we never get to see each other anymore and I miss her something terrible. We meet next Sunday to assemble our bags so I have plenty of time to get at least one more fabric piece woven but I'm not sure about the other. That's ok though...they will all get done in due time.
I've been doing some research on what to use when carrying your Cricket Loom from place to place and the talk in the Cricket Club Ravelry Group suggested that the Land's End Large Tote was the best. I went a step further and got the tote with the zippered top and had it personalized. Now I can safely travel with my loom and supplies and everyone will know that it belongs to the Wonder Why Gal. I am really digging the weaving. Yes, warping the loom can be tedious but once that is done the fun begins. So far I've been keeping my weaving pretty basic and just using colorwork to change the look of my weaving. After this bag project I intend to start working on various weaving techniques. There is so much that can be done with a rigid heddle loom. Don't worry, I'll be sharing those adventures with you too.
I started a new job this week. It's the first time that I've worked in a traditional office in many years. I have to get used to the 8-5 work day and only having an hour for lunch. Instead of starting a new project for lunchtime knitting, I decided that I should take my sweater (started back in August) out of time out. It wasn't bad and it wasn't being punished, I just wasn't feeling the love and with all the work that goes into knitting a sweater, I wanted to give it my best effort so it's been in a corner (Maybe I should rename it Baby, In the Corner --Ok, I'm dating myself with a Dirty Dancing reference) patiently waiting for me to work on it because, of course, no one puts Baby in the corner. Since last Saturday I've knitted about two inches. Not too shabby for only working on it at lunch time. You don't realize how long it takes to eat a packed lunch until you also try to find knitting and internet time into that hour too.
I've been exhausted coming home from work getting adjusted to the new schedule so hopefully next week I can start spinning or weaving in the evenings again. My weekends will be full of barn chores, fiber sorting and more fiber arts. I'll have a lot of work to squeeze into my weekends to maintain my farm's productivity for sales and service but hey, I am the Wonder Why Gal so I can do it and even though I have a "day job", I am still committed to making my farm successful. It just will take a wee bit more discipline with my time management. Now, if all that didn't exhaust you, please share your adventures in Fiber Arts this week.
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