First, I’ve joined a bunch of social networking sites as a result of my new job. To increase my ability to use the sites, though, I need to add “friends”. So if you are on MySpace, Facebook, or Bebo, please add me as a friend! My MySpace profile is at http://www.myspace.com/tienchiu, my Facebook profile page is http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=599312282 (you’ll need to log in in order to access it), and my Bebo profile page is http://tienchiu.bebo.com.
I finished winding my warp and beamed it onto the loom yesterday, leaving me free to start threading/sleying today. It’s beautiful – a silky, shimmery orange that varies between deep gold and orange, in subtle striping. I can’t wait to start weaving with it. It’s pretty fine yarn, 2/28 Nm (7000 yards per pound), so the result should be delicate-yet-strong.
But I figure I have at least another week of threading and sleying before I’m ready to weave. Between work, my new 30-minute commute, and training, there isn’t a whole lot of free time for fiber arts, unfortunately.
I have also bought three lots of handpainted silk top from The Silkworker, to spin up and hopefully turn into a silk scarf. I’ve never tried weaving with singles yarns, but I plan to weave these as singles. Assuming I find time to spin them, that is. I don’t know what comes over me sometimes, but the less time I have to devote to fiber arts the more I’m inclined to buy. I attribute it to fiber deprivation, or else boredom.
I have also started buying back issues of Weaver’s magazine. This excellent magazine was written for weavers of all levels, with a level of intellectual complexity and exploration that simply doesn’t exist in, say, Handwoven. Mind you, I subscribe to Handwoven as well (it has the major advantage of being a magazine that’s still published), but since I discovered Weaver’s I’ve been on a campaign to acquire all the issues that I can. Where else are you going to find patterns for sixteen shafts, or thought-provoking articles on velvet manufacture? I think it’s a fantastic magazine and I’m sorry it’s out of print. But soon I expect to have all 44 issues to devour.