Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hit The Ground Running

Busy times!

We have painted, trimmed, decorated, bought furniture and towel racks, towels, food and more food, drink, and then we had a party! We hosted an open house for neighbors and friends, on a night of one of the worst storms in recent memory. But 40 people came, and we celebrated the solstice, the end of construction, and, if we read the Mayans correctly, Not! The End of the World!

Then we took off for the hinterlands, for the holidays with family. The reveal:

Table runner

The table runner was a gift, dyed and woven to coordinate with the painting in the dining room:

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It's cotton, 5/2, 8/2, and some rayon yarns, all of which are somewhat the same weight (between 2000 and 3000 yards per pound), sett @ 40 epi, quite close, for a mostly warp faced fabric. There are two hemmed pieces, one with a heavier weft for a runner, and the other with a finer weft for a bread cloth. I dyed the yarns at the guild dye day in August with this project in mind, but of course, procrastinated on the weaving until December!

I am traveling with an old new-found friend this trip:

Wool angora shawl

It's my old travel shawl, handspun merino and angora, which has been held in abeyance for over a year so it would be in good shape for the photos in the next book! I've missed it, and have tried to substitute with several other shawls, but it's surprising, even to me, how much comfort the old familar one can bring when I am far from home. It's warm, soft, cosy, familiar...a pillow on the plane, a wrap for my head and ears when it's cold (as it is here!) and just plain cozy in the mornings.

It's years old, spun and woven in 1996, but still looks new and unblemished (hence it's hiatus, so that it remain so until after the photo shoot).

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Now we are in the quiet times, the twelve days of Christmas, between the birthday and the Epiphany. we read our new books, visit, eat way too much and play with our new toys.

Someone has a new kitchen:
Marin kitchen

She has been busy with tea and babies:
Tea party

2 Comments:

Blogger Deanna said...

A warm and happy post - thanks for sharing!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Charleen said...

Happy New Year to you, Sara! I'm looking forward to the new book.

7:27 PM  

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