Tuesday, June 30, 2009

WTF happened to June?

I woke up this morning, logged onto my computer, and realized June is almost over.  WTF!  It seems like just yesterday I had a job, and was looking forward to a nice summer.  Now here I am, over one month unemployed.  Not sure what my future will hold.  And not even able to wrap my head around most decisions that I need to make.  I'll get there, hopefully by August.

I've made major progress on the latest "Card/Tablet Woven Band" I was working on.  I'm really proud of my advances.  I've finally figured out the "two pack turning method".  And it's much easier than the way I was doing it before.  I'm hoping to be ready to make an actual leash by the weekend.  I won't to practice/test a few more patterns I found on the net, and I also need to test several alphabets to find one I like.

I wanted to make a short video of myself weaving, but unfortunately I have yet to figure out where to potion the camera so I don't block the view of the process.  I'll keep working at it and I'll post it when I'm done.

The 4th of July is coming up and I have no plans.  I know my aunt will call and invite me over, she always does (and I love her for it).  But I think I'm going to stay home and chill with my little Harley.

Speaking of Harley, I shouldn't really call him little.  Our lack of  exercise over the winter is showing in his fat body.  It's so funny to know that he was the runt of his littler, and now he's the largest of all his brothers and sister.  No matter to me though!  He'll always be my little man.

Have a great safe holiday!

Friday, June 26, 2009


and all I can say is, "I had a great time!!!"

My good friend S. got tickets for us through her work union, and we were grateful. 
   (A., her daughter E. and our friend S.)

I hadn't been to the zoo in almost 10 years, so I was definitely looking forward to seeing the changes that had been made since the last time I was there.

I didn't get as many pics as I would have liked, but here are some of my favorites.


I think my favorite part of the outing was seeing a polar bear walking over the under water tunnel while we were in it.  It was so cool!  The butterfly house and bird sanctuary housed some gorgeous colorful animals.  And the some of the animals were much more active than I would have thought they would have been.  It was one of the hottest days we've had so far this year. So needless to say, we got in early, enjoyed as much as we could, and left before it got too crowded.  It was a great outing!  Thanks "S." for inviting me!

I haven't been doing anything very productive lately.  I guess I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I am un-employed.  I am in the process of trying to narrow down what type of computer classes I want to take.  And decide what school I want to go to.  It has not been easy being un-employed, but thanks to the love and support from my family and friends it hasn't been as hard as it could have been.

I've been practicing my tablet band weaving quite a bit, but I still have yet to feel successful at it.  I'll keep working on it until I figure it out.  And I'll keep you posted.


Monday, June 15, 2009


Story on American Axle.

Check out the video in the upper left corner.  It's funny but sad.

Seeing as I haven't updated this blog in almost two months, I'm not sure if anyone is still reading it.  Either way I figured it's time to update it, and explain my absence.

I'll start by saying that as of June 1st I am officially unemployed.  I won't go into any of the boring and depressing details.  I'll just say that at the age of 40, I'm preparing to start my life all over again from scratch.  Thank god for all my wonderful friends who have helped me deal with this, and also my fabulous family who have always been in my corner (no matter how much of an ASSHAT I may be or have been!)

Thanks to you all!!!

Now onto the much more fun things that have been going on the last few months.

I finally broke down and started weaving.  Weaving is something I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember.  But never thought I could afford it.  So to my surprise, while on a fiber shopping trip to The Spinning Loft with my good friend Amy.  I talked myself, with Amy's help, into purchasing a Schacht Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom.  And boy am I glad I did.

My first few attempts were less than passable.  So I won't even bother to share them here.  But after a little bit more research, and several conversations with the fabulous weavers on "Ravelry", here is my first successfully woven scarf.

   This was an excellent learning experience for me.  One of the most important things I learned is;  never try to weave with SWS wool yarn, at least not until you are a more proficient weaver.  The yarn was way too sticky, and that made it very difficult to get and maintain a cleared shed.

My next two woven projects were inspired by the wonderful works of several weavers in the Rigid Heddle group on Ravelry.  
    I did two of these scarfs, one in black and gray (pictured here), and one in blue and white.  I don't have any pictures of the blue and white one at the moment.  I'm also proud to say that this scarf led to a friends obsession with rigid heddle weaving.  And within a week or so she had her own loom and has become an excellent weaver.  I love being an inspiration to my friends.

While doing research on rigid heddle weaving I came across this YouTube video: Dream Ribbon
Thanks "WormSpit" for the inspiration.  Go and check out his work.  (He is a fabulous weaver who produces gorgeous silk bands from raising the silk worms, to processing and dyeing the silk, to weaving the bands.)  

After his and the few other videos I found, let's just say a new obsession began!  I said; "I'm going to learn card/tablet weaving!"  And I did.

I started out with basics:  C-Clamps and an unused shelf as a board.

But quickly moved onto wanting to make my own copper loom.  Which I did.

From that I was able to move onto my true reason for the obsession.  I wanted to make Harley a personalized dog collar and leash.  So I started practicing, and this was the result of my first practice band.
  You may notice that a couple of the letters are duplicated.  Don't be fooled by that.  I do know my alphabet, sometimes.  lol   I just wanted to keep making the letters until I was satisfied with them.  And I'm still not totally satisfied with how wide the "W" and "Y" come out.  But I'll keep trying.

And here is a cute picture of Harley checking the band out while I was trying to take pictures.  (Don't you just love that little knuckle head.  I surely do!)

I quickly realized that the copper loom would not allow me to make bands long enough for a dog leash, so on a trip out to Herritage Spinning and Weaving in Lake Orion, (thanks Joan and Becca and all the other lovely ladies who made me feel so welcome), I purchased an Inkle Loom and started practicing.  And I'm loving how it's working.

Who knows, maybe making bands will be a way to supplement my income in the near future. Stranger things have happened.

Now that I have updated you on what I've been up to, I'm off to get some things done.  Or at least try to.

I'll try to update more regularly to let anyone who's interested know what I'm up to.

Bye for now!