This year, I have much to be thankful for. Like, my health. I’m thankful that I did not do more damage to myself at the end of last year and that the fracture wasn’t one vertebrae lower. I am also thankful that Hurricane Irene didn’t do that much damage to my house or my neighborhood. I am mostly thankful that we had the money this year to fly my mother in law up from Florida to spend Thanksgiving with us.
Because she is in town, I wanted to have all of my family at the dinner table. My brother and sister and their significant others. My brother in law and his family. My mother & stepfather. The invites just kept going and I ended up with 18 at my table.
There were 2 turkeys, a ham and a crapload of sides. As we were clearing up the table and getting it ready for dessert to come out, my back crapped out on me. The pain put me in tears, and I knew that it was from all the prep for the day. I also knew that over the counter meds would not be sufficient. I feel bad that I didn’t get to spend time with some of my guests because I was hopped up on muscle relaxers and laying down. But I think they understood.
Today, the day after turkey day, I have slept, ate leftovers, read on my new Kindle Fire (my birthday present!), and well, started a new hobby. Because I needed a new one like I need a hole in my head.
I purchased this loom at a yard sale in the summer. I’ve been busy with Knit Picks projects, knitting of my own, and just life in general and haven’t had the time to sit down with instructions and play with it. But with a week off of work, and a clean house, family fed, no knit picks projects, and only a scarf for the husband on the needles (ok, 2 projects on hiatus as well), I thought this was the perfect time to play.
I warped the loom with some white yarn that I found in stash. It’s probably some yarn I bought to make for baby stuff. Not quite red heart, but close enough, and good for playing around with the loom.
The yarn on the shuttle is some leftover sock yarn. I know it’s different weights, which is probably a no-no, but for my practice piece, I’m ok with it. Next time, I’ll work on having the yarns the same weight.
My thoughts on weaving? So far, so good. The warping of the loom took a long time, and I didn’t quite get it at first, but now that it’s done, I might be able to do it a little quicker the next time. The passing the shuttle back and forth and the up/down shed is not as….relaxing/rhythmic as I had hoped, but maybe it just takes time. We’ll see. I still have another few days before going back to work.