One truly astronomical vet bill later, the Fuzz is back from the ICU, and in much better spirits – you’d practically never tell he’d been sick. He’s got a feeding tube implanted, which looks a little weird (it’s a rubber tube about eight inches long dangling from his neck), and his belly’s shaved, but other than that he looks fine. Mike and I fed him this morning by blending up some special prescription cat food with water, mixing in his (six!) medications, and injecting it slowly through the tube, flushing the tube out with water afterwards. Weird way to feed a cat, but it seems to be working. Meanwhile, we’re still awaiting the results of the biopsy.
I have been doing more of Bonnie Inouye’s weaving exercises and am really happy with the results – I’ve learned a lot about designing twills, plaits, curves, and whatnot, as well as having gotten an object lesson in making sure one’s floats are of reasonable length (I wound up with 1.5″ floats on the back of one sample!). I’m now playing around with different patterns of my own devising – it’s a lot of fun and I’m really enjoying it. Nonetheless I feel limited in having “only” eight shafts (and yes, I know, an eight-shaft loom is something many people only dream of!) – it’s clear how many more possibilities there are with sixteen or more shafts! I had been contemplating buying a 24″ AVL Workshop Dobby loom with sixteen or twenty-four shafts, but after yesterday’s vet bill it’s out of the question, at least for now. I guess I’ll have to stick to the (many, many) possibilities with an eight-shaft loom. I look forward to doing more exploration.
I’ll post photos and explanations of my samples once I cut them off the loom – it’s hard to photograph them while weaving. It’ll probably be a few weeks before I do that, though.