Now that the house inspections are just about done, the business travel is over, and Autumn Splendor is complete, I’m mostly just puttering around. Â This doesn’t mean that I’m not busy – I’m constitutionally incapable of sitting still – but I’m not focused on any Big Projects right now, and I’m not under time pressure for anything – which is unusual in my life, since I’m goal-oriented and like to set deadlines.
Which gives me time for things like shredding the giant pile of credit-card offers (which have been accumulating for – I kid you not- two years!), organizing my samples, cleaning up the studio, and lounging about. Â I’m deeply enjoying it, after two weeks of highly goal-focused time pressure.
I did, however, finish weaving up the new pattern sample, and cut it off the loom and wet-finished it today. Â It doesn’t seem to have the soft hand I expect from cashmere, though – probably because the cashmere weft is very tightly twisted – so I may try finishing it the way the seller recommends. Â Which means dampening it and throwing it into a warm dryer to bring up the softness and fuzz. Â Radical, but it works; I’ve done it before.
I have also decided to dye the yardage, primarily because the recipient isn’t really a black-and-white kind of person. Â I went through my dye swatches this morning and pulled out these four candidates:
The colors are somewhat different in real life, but you get the idea. Â The black will tone things down considerably, so I’m starting with fairly bright, high-contrast colors. Â It will be interesting to see what comes of it.
Meanwhile, I am spending tomorrow at Sharon’s place, where she is going to teach me how to drape in one all-day extravaganza. Â So the dyed samples may have to wait until Monday, which I have off because it’s a holiday in the U.S. Â More time for playing!