Bits and Bobs...and some things you might not want to read...
Playing around with my new mini frame looms I thought I would start out with a small throw just to practice weaving the pieces as well as figuring out a way to put them together and still maintain the integrity of the frilly edge made by the edge loops.
Many just whip stitch the pieces together but I personally feel that looks a bit slap dash and doesn't do justice to the beautiful pattern made in the weaving nor all the work that went into the piece. So, I've been researching this past week looking for inspiration and ideas for a lacey type connection that will connect the pieces in such a fashion as to enhance the beauty of the woven piece.
The far left piece is woven in a teal blue 100% wool; the second piece is in an ice pale blue wool and alpaca blend; the third piece is 100% chocolate brown cashmere.
Isn't that weaving pattern just lovely? You can also see the well defined loop edges I was talking about above.
I picked a lime variegated wool from Harrisville Designs to work out the edging... this is close to the look I want as I think the pattern of crochet nicely accents the lacey loop edges as well as preserving them intact. Some more tweaking is called for such as how many dbl crochets do I put in the corners and how many sc chains do I put in between the dbl crochets to make it all lay nice and flat... TBC
Here, just in case you are not familiar with these little frame or pin looms as they are also called, are two of my mini frames. I purchased my little looms from Blue Butterfly Skipper Looms and I couldn't be happier with them. Blue Butterfly is a husband and wife team and they are uber sweet and oh so helpful - just in case you find this interesting enough to give it a try they are at Blue Butterfly Originals Hand/Pin Looms.
The loom on the left is 4"x8" and the one on the right is 4"x4". I also have a new addition, which is a 6"x8" and I plan on adding a 2"x2", a 6"x6" and an 8"x8" to my set.
Of course I'm still trying to decide on my triangle loom... I'm thinking about making a 2.5 foot tri loom to start off with and then we'll see how it goes as to whether or not I feel the need for a larger tri loom. Sheesh, who knew this all was going to be so addictive?
BUSINESS OF THE DAY
We are now at Day 42 of logging. It has left a rancidness in my mind and soul; I am angry, distressed, depressed, shocked and horrified and most of all deeply saddened to see power, money and greed and the true ignorance at work right outside of my own front door! It is an ugly site to behold.
But then, we never think it will happen to us... it is dealt with in mostly abstractions... how else can we manage the daily barrage of assaults, the magnitude of occurrences of this epidemic of ill behavior upon our psyche and still maintain some modicum of sanity?
For those of you whom have read my other blog posts on this subject and have tired of hearing about it I respect that, and you may just want to stop reading at this point. However, I also hope that you respect my right to express my distress with a system that is clearly and on a daily basis caving in upon itself, and taking us with it.
There was no warning of the impending doom that had been slated for the woods across my driveway and thus my home. Continually being spoken to as one would to a child and told there is nothing you can do about it; it is another's property and it can be done with as seen fit by the owners (irrespective of how it impacts others who already live here?!).
The environmental impact yet again laughed at as fallacy, something simply contrived by a few poor ignorant alarmist souls whom live in a fantasy world. As the next nail in the coffin of morality slides in almost silently. The I's and T's have been properly dotted and crossed, appropriate payments to the appropriate authorities, agencies and towns have been paid allowing yet again a blind eye to be turned on the compounding and interconnectedness to each and every similar act occurring hourly around the world.
One more quiet little forested ecosystem down... X amount to go. The recipients of the destruction are the powerless and the ones looked upon as the "problem". How did we get this lost... then again, perhaps we have always been lost and it is just more obvious today with the greater numbers of population... the damage is now flowing rather than the once slow trickle of things yet to come... can we run fast enough to get out of it's way?
To the left is my driveway and the green grass you see is my front lawn
The leaning tree is directly on my property, this photo was taken while I was standing in my driveway
A closer up view, I'm still standing in my driveway just at the edge
This shot gives you a better picture of the expanse of the logging, there are clearings all through to the back which you cannot see from this vantage point, as well as going all the way up the hillside and to the road. A small note to make is that before the logging occurred when I drove down the main road set way above the ledge that my road and house sit on you could not see my house or the road for that matter. Now I can see the cars driving by on the road up at the top of the slope and hear them as though they were coming down my little dirt road!
No there is nothing I can do, sadly I must say, except perhaps to move. I've been trying desperately to hold on, to try and come up with ways of compensating for the loss of privacy and the new road sounds as well as to block out this new ugliness that has been made of the forest that once stood here just a few brief weeks ago. The jury is still out as to whether I will be able to overcome my anger and feelings of despair and hopelessness that this act has brought down upon my head... If they stopped logging perhaps I could get on with the business of healing my heart and soul but the daily sounds of trees falling and chain saws bearing down on what must be the few remaining trees keeps it all in the forefront of my mind...