Trying Double Weave

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Okay, so I decided to go for it and I warped up a loom with 16epi cottolin for 4 yards.  Now I have to figure out how to get it off of my rigid heddle loom and onto one of the tabletop looms, or if I will just use it for a weft for a future project.  I wound the warp, warped the loom, threaded the heddles, made sure I had good tension…still!  Every time I try to move a heddle to get a shed the entire thing starts going loosey-goosey.  I’m done with it.  I’m not really happy about this, however I tried and some days that is all you can do.  I’m going to finally finish weaving off the towel I have on my table loom and see about threading this on there.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get a better shed, I really would hate to waste all of this yarn, it wasn’t cheap, and I would love a table runner out of it.

On another note, I have also received my Strickpaner for 2020 and I am really enjoying getting to know it.  They have a particular company that they work with to create planner stickers, I hope to check them out very soon.  They have 7 pages in the front advertising their company and explaining about the planner.  This is followed by a page of conversion charts, a page of time zones then 8 pages covering 2 years (2020 and 2021) with slots for important events each day of those years.  This is followed by pages of goals, reflections, notes, lessons learned, then we get into quarterly overviews.  Seriously, if I use this properly I should be fairly well set for the year.  There are built in trackers, week spreads with inspiration and tips, this planner seriously rocks.  On page 142 the knitting aspect of the planner begins, Project overviews, ideas, project pages, a pattern for a cover for the planner, yarn purchases, wishlists (yarn, book, accessories separated out), festivals, podcasts, stores, each have their own lists to fill in.  There is so much more, spaces for the sizes and measurements of those that you love to knit for, indexed lists and notes.  The notes are separated into index card sized, graph paper, and dotted paper, before going into a contacts section.  After the contacts are schedules (quarterly which works really well with my work life), some more advertisements, and finally a page with a ruler and needle size conversion chart.  This should be an amazing way to keep track of everything.  They even had an option to purchase a huge set of stickers that contain knitting, spinning, crochet, etc. so that I can mark days when I was able to craft, or plan out days to craft.

I did make another purchase over the weekend, I finally bought a table for my 16 shaft floor loom.  I’m not going back to that store in a hurry so they lost a lot of potential sales, but I did get the table I wanted.  Story time: I went in and saw the table, as I was checking out the lavendar (for moths) and Goats Milk Soap, I need something other than Dial, I asked how much the table was.  The saleswoman was very eager to tell me it was 90, I made a comment about getting it in a couple of weeks.  She was all about, well I’m going to take it home if it doesn’t get bought, and such.  I was honest and told her that my paychecks would be sorted out in a couple of weeks and I could afford it then, she put more pressure on and I guess I caved.  Of course, I was honest, I’m going to be pretty flush in a couple of weeks but hey, if she wants to lose out on the purchases for a quick sale it saves me money in the long run.  So, I have a table that will work for my loom and a couple of extra chairs.  Right now I am in the middle of an 11 day straight stretch of work, however after that I hope to be able to begin setting up my studio.  There are a few days where I do not have to be to work super early, so I could do something in the morning.

I think that’s enough for right now, next time I will discuss my silk dyeing and other experiments.

Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!

Bullet Journaling

Yes, I am well aware that everyone his writing about bullet journaling.  This is for a good reason.  In this fast-paced world people are extremely busy, unfortunately, they are busy to the point of losing track of their accomplishments.  Bullet Journaling gives you a chance to take a step back and figure out what is going on with your life.

The concept is simple and complex, the reality is completely free-wheeling.  A bullet journal is, in essence, a way to keep track of what is going on in your life.  Everything from how much water you have drunk that day to dates you need to remember can be put in your bullet journal. Some people find it rewarding to take a few minutes each day to writ down something of what they have accomplished that day, while others simply use the journal as a way to keep track of ongoing projects.

One of the overriding aspects of bullet journaling is that it is not done in a digital manner.  You can, in fact I have typed up and printed out several tracking sheets so that I can keep track of the information in a way that makes sense to me, keep your journal digitally.  By taking a few minutes to physically write down the information that you need you are better able to store that information in longer term memory.  Often individuals are using small journals and embellishing them to keep their interest.  The embellishments are not needed since the journal is just for you, but keeping track of money you are saving using a thermometer makes sense to me.

I will freely admit as my time becomes dear, my interest in such things wains.  Part of this is that as I get new ideas I try to keep track of too much and the entire purpose goes to the wayside.  The solution that I have come up with is quite simple, keep two bullet journals.  One will be for longer term goals, my list of books that I am reading for the year, the television shows I would like to watch out of nostalgia, and so much more. The second will be for my everyday tasks.  My monthly schedule, my list of current projects, things that I need to remember, etc.  Right now I have all of that placed within a printed out folio, that is not working very well at all.  I have to remember to pull it out (it is quite heavy and slightly fragile since the pages can get torn out at times), I have to flip to the right page, and write what I need down in it.  None of these take much time, but the entire process takes a bit of time and remembering, so it does not get done.

These are my personal experiences with the bullet journal, do not let my statements deter you in any way.  I plan on pursuing this so that I am better able to create a journal that makes sense to me.  I haven’t given up, so don’t give up!

No matter how you use your bullet journal, simply to keep track of what you have accomplished that day, birthdays, fluids, diet, goals, schedules, points of interest or more, this can be a useful habit to get into.  Below please find some of the printed sheets that I created, modify them to suit your own needs, if you do use them please refer people back to my blog, Thanks!

Bullet journal habit tracker monthly

Bullet journal mood tracker

Bullet Journal Stash Pages Cleared version

Happy Crafting!