I had a wonderful setback today. Â I was over at my friend Ginny’s house, warping up her loom with my samples for Handwoven, and we lost the cross in one of the sections. Â This normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but these samples involve some pretty complex color sequences, and unfortunately the three colors are virtually indistinguishable on the loom. Â (The yarn is a colorgrown cotton, and the colors only develop after scouring.) Â I struggled with it for about an hour, and finally gave up on fixing it and went home. Â Later this week I will re-wind that section, then we’ll pull the warp off the loom and re-chain it, and I’ll fix the section next weekend.
Why was this so wonderful? Â Because it gave me a moment to breathe! Â I had planned to stay at Ginny’s all day, then stagger home around dinnertime, at which point I’d have to work on the huge case of tomatoes I bought yesterday at the farmer’s market. Â Then fall into bed exhausted, and get up the following morning to deal with various work crises. Â I’m energetic, but even I can’t go nonstop!
So, despite the frustration of my careful planning going astray, I’m feeling pretty good. Â I got home around 2pm, ran some errands, took a leisurely nap, and then tackled the tomatoes. Â 20 lbs of delicious tomatoes have now been transformed into about 2 gallons of insanely good tomato soup. Â Very simple recipe: saute some onions until brown, add chopped tomatoes, simmer until the tomatoes are tender. Â Put through a food mill to remove seeds and skins, add a big bunch of chopped basil, salt to taste. Â You now have a very concentrated tomato puree, to which you can add milk and cream (if desired) for a most excellent cream-of-tomato soup. Â But sometimes I just eat it straight up, without any fillers – it’s that good.
Of course it is only as good as your tomatoes – I use dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes. Â Not as big as other tomatoes, but because the plants are minimally irrigated (if at all!), the tomatoes are intensely flavorful and sweet. Â I grew 83 varieties of heirloom tomatoes (yes, I said eighty-three!)Â one year, searching for the perfect tomato – but have since decided that dry-farmed tomatoes are tastier than anything Â I can grow at home. Â So I buy them instead.
Anyway, now that that is out of the way, the next week will be dedicated to muslins. Â I’m going to see Sharon on Saturday, so I’ll need to modify patterns and cut/sew the new muslins. Â I also need to clean up the studio – stuff is accumulating in piles!
No progress on the Infinite Warp – but I hope to get back to it sometime next week.