3/2 cotton woven using a combination of Leno Lace and Brooks Bouquet lace weaving. The Leno Lace is with an open shed bringing the two bottom threads over the top threads and then I go around one more time so that the threads are in their starting positions but wrapped around each other. I think that this gives the lace a cleaner look. Then I do seven plain picks followed by a set of brooks bouquet, which is wrapping your weft thread around three of your warp threads on the up shed twice so that it forms a little bouquet, all the way across. I have a different number of threads across so I have five in the final bundle, but I really like how it looks. You can do the brooks bouquet in any combination you like. I follow this with seven plain picks and repeat the brooks bouquet twice more before starting over with a Leno Lace. This is the project pictured above.
I am currently on my first vacation in over ten years that does not involve a family reunion or major family obligation. I love family reunions, but travel with mom is really difficult at this time. I did go to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in the beginning of May which could also be considered a vacation, however I really consider this my first vacation.
So far I have gotten the kitchen scrubbed, the repairman came to look at the oven which has been broken for a while. He will be back later this week with the right part to finish fixing the oven. It’s been broken for a few years, so this is a big move! I also managed to drop the car off at the garage, there was some major body damage because a little bit of the bottom of my driveway washed out so every time I exited the driveway I would bump the bottom of the car and it caused some major damage. The car should be done by the end of the week and they will pick me up then.
I have been doing more then just getting caught up on major chores, though I am happy that I am getting more crafts hauled down into our new craft room, I have also washed the first back of alpaca seconds one of my spinning students gave to me. I have learned a lot of great lessons from this.
* Do NOT wash a whole bag of alpaca seconds at once if you only have one sweater rack to lay this out to dry on.
* DO let the alpaca soak in the water for at least 30 minutes, do not run the alpaca through the water and call it washed, it isn’t.
*Do NOT set your fleece out underneath a tree that is shedding a ton of those whirly gig things.
* If you left your hand cards at work, this might not be the right time to wash fleece.
Despite these, hard won, lessons I have been having a ton of fun with this alpaca. I Have my flick brush and the bee hive decappers that are working as wool combs.
There are two knitting projects I am working on as well as a crochet project but I think that will be separate posts when I am done with them or when I am so sick of them I need inspiration to get back to working on them.
So this is my vacation, I am trying to get some work done around the house and some crafting accomplished so that I can go back to work relaxed and re energized. I just wanted to post this update, and will try and get back to updating next week.