kitty companiona

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Project Started

We are still in the icy grip of winter.  Yuck!
Our area has been lucky with only small snowfalls of about three to four inches at a time.  No major blizzards here but it is COLD!

We took a drive on Sunday for lack of anything better to do.  I finally remembered to take my camera along.  Not that there was much that was bight and colorful to save and enjoy.  Would you believe BLEAK???  This is the vew of our valley from the top of the mountain in back of our property.


Since it was Sunday, churches were a good subject.  The Mennonite church near our house.  Love the rows of buggies.  And that is only about a third of them.  There are long open fronted shelters all around the sides of the church that are parked full of more buggies.  The bicycles belong to the young unmarried men and women.  The smaller kids and babies ride in the buggies with the parents.

 This is a little old church in Upper Strausburg.  I don'[t know if they still hold services there.  There were no cars around when we stopped by in the afternoon.  There is a nice little graveyard on the other side of the church that I doesn't show in the picture.

 We drove along the Big Spring near Newville.  This is one of Zip's favorite fishing spots.  He belongs to a spring preservation group that helps maintain this old mill.

I love this little abandoned spring house.

Like I said, it wasn't the most colorful tour but it did get us out of the house.  And the car has a great heater!  It's warmer in the car than it is in the house.

I've decided I need to get back to some creative projects.  I spend too much time sitting and reading.  I cranked a warp on my loom over a year ago and never finished threading.  Yesterday was the day.  It didn't take nearly as long as I expected.  I started threading in the late afternoon and by 9 p.m. I was weaving.

Threading the heddles.

The paper on top of the loom is my threading plan.

 Pulling the threads through the reed.  This keeps them evenly spaced.

Strung, tied, and ready to weave.

  The first little sample. 

When I had finished threading, I counted threads and was one thread short.
I thought I was missing a thread. Panic!!!  A missed thread that is still stuck somewhere in the roll at the back of the loom comes back to bite you big time later.
When I did my first two inches of weaving, I found the mistake.  Two threads were stuck together. I was able to fix the problem without too much hassle.. Sometimes I get lucky. 

This is a lattice twill pattern.

I'm also going to work on my Baltimore album quilt.  I had it basted by a woman who has a long arm quilter and then I was going to quilt it by hand.  I haven't done any work on it because I wasn't happy with her size.  It was just too big.  After all that work, I hated to have to tear the border off and do another narrower one.  Now that several years have passed, I'm ready to tackle that mess.
No pictures yet.

Last but not least, a word from the kitty contingent.
Isabel says she is ready for the windows to be open.  Fresh warm air is always welcome.
Winter makes her grumpy!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Winter makes me grumpy, too. Today was cold but a little above freezing, but the 10 day forecast doesn't have any days above 30*. Enough already!
    I'm looking forward to your weaving progress and seeing your quilt. You are SO talented.
    Stay warm and safe, my friend.
    Hugs :)

  2. I agree with Lauren, you are so talented. My daughter teaches weaving at the N.B. College of Craft and Design and she would know all about what you're talking about and also your loom...
    I love that weaved pattern.

    I'm so glad that you're going back to doing something creative because you are really talented. You are good at so many things.

    You don't have much snow in your area. Not the case at home in Fredericton. Ottawa doesn't have as much snow as we have either.
    I'm still in Ottawa.

    Poor Isabelle, like the rest of us she's had enough of winter.

    Stay well.

  3. I agree with them, you are very talented and creative!
    I love your photos.
    But I also agree with your Ms. Kitty, I've had enough too for awhile!

  4. Hi Pat,
    Your weaving is gorgeous!!! How I wish I had your talent and know how for doing that! The whole process just amazes me! I still cherish the piece I I won from a give-away you had on your blog!! It hangs in my kitchen on an antque shelf with a towel bar!!
    Your part of the country is so very beautiful! I so enjoyed your photos... it was like riding along with you on your Sunday drive.
    We've had a rather mild winter here as far as Wisconsin winters go. It's still very cold with a foot of snow on the ground. But nothing like last year! I'm hoping for an early Spring!
    Hugs to you and the fur kids!!
    Cathy G

  5. lol! Winter makes me grumpy too! :-) But, winter in your area looks prettier than it does in my area... the view out into the valley is gorgeous! I can imagine what it will look like when the spring buds and blooms begin! Ahhhhhhh... Lovely weaving too... a welcoming daffodil gold! ;-)

  6. Pat, I love reading about what you and Zip are up to and especially about your kitties. I "met" you on a rug hooking board eons ago. Can't remember which one. I think you helped me on a problem I had, but this old brain doesnt remember. :)


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