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December 7, 2019

still working on the new camera technology

 just when I think one problem is solved a new one appears

anyone/anything is fair game as I struggle, camera in hand

the macro lens seems to be good

James and Carrie came for tea and cookies

think the automatic flash is finally turned off – but you never know

my challenge for 2019 is finished

oh, thank all the gods that be

not a great photo but the best I can do at this time

it’s raining – can’t hang it on the clothesline or the fence

and the light isn’t good at this time of year

it measures 44″ x 68″ – only 2 warps are commercial yarn the rest is handspun wool and some alpaca

 a patchwork of samples and learning experiences

by the second month I was ready to quit

until the idea of making it into a blanket – at least something useful – dawned in the night

very little planning went into the overall pattern, not exactly a thing of beauty

more about learning and perseverience

and it is warm on winter evenings

the piece upper left is the final December weaving

I haven’t crocheted in years – 2 ply handspun wool doesn’t slip through the fingers easily

but it did make a satisfactory edging

will I be doing more backstrap weaving?

not prepared to answer that until time dulls my memories of the struggle

the challenge for next year is in the planning stages

8 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    December 11, 2019 11:19 am

    Fine blanket. Oh, Jean, don’t you just wish this technology thing was a bit easier???


    • December 11, 2019 12:10 pm

      Hi Velma – great to hear from you. I’m enjoying the blanket as the weather gets colder. Technology is only going to get more and more complex until I don’t even know how to turn the thing on. Heaven knows where this is taking ordinary people and the world!


  2. Kate permalink
    December 9, 2019 1:14 am

    It’s very beautiful, I’m full of admiration as I don’t weave, I quilt. It is the only one of it’s kind, which makes it very special.


    • December 9, 2019 9:08 am

      Kate – thank you, I hadn’t thought of it in that way but you are absolutely right. Maybe weavers are used to making “one of a kind” works and don’t appreciate that.


  3. December 8, 2019 7:06 am

    Jean you are a marvel, and the blanket is marvelous – I trust it won’t give you bad dreams. Isn’t the light awful in our town these days?


    • December 8, 2019 11:04 am

      Kjerstin – No bad dreams, just so happy it is finished. I am in awe of those incredible silk/cotton yardages woven on backstraps around the world (generally in less comfortable circumstance than we live in). Yes, the light is very grey and gloomy, have to find ways to brighten up these days.


  4. December 7, 2019 3:35 pm

    I’m full of admiration that you haven’t dismissed more backstrap out of hand! Love the soft colours and beautiful drape of the blanket, and I bet the hand is lovely too. It’s almost time for a fresh challenge, if you’re going for another one?


    • December 7, 2019 4:30 pm

      Kate – next year’s challenge is already decided on and started – a surprise. The blanket is very cozy for evenings in front of the telly.

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