Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Last Day at the Cabin

We left for home on Friday, Aug. 31. At 8:30 AM, we could hardly see across the lake for all the smoke. The sun was a dim orange globe casting weird, pale orange reflections on the lake.

Now that we're home, and can download the current maps of the wildfires closest to the little lake on which the cabin is situated, we can see why there was so much smoke.

The Rice Ridge fire (see map; click to display the full-size image) is now the worst in the nation,  only 2% contained, having charred over 100,000 acres (a megafire by Forest Service measures) and has over 780 firefighters assigned to it. The Rice Ridge and Reef fires have now merged, and the combined infernos will soon overtake the Monahan fire to the east. The residents of the portion of the town of Seeley Lake east of the highway (red line on map) have been evacuated.

Luckily, most of the burned area is within the Bob Marshall Wilderness, thus has almost no buildings or residents endangered. To give a sense of scale, the distance from the bottom end of Seeley Lake to our cabin is just over 18 miles. Which means the fire was altogether too close for comfort!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Just Another Day at the Cabin

Laundry day. There's an old wringer washer on the porch. Warm dry air will dry the clothes quickly. First photo, brother David on left, DH on right. Second photo, my turn. Third, part of the results.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

We watched the eclipse from the BYU Idaho campus in Rexburg, as arranged by brother-in-law Eric, who teaches high school science in Pocatello, ID.  Rexburg is on the eastern edge of Idaho, near West Yellowstone. The sky was clear of clouds and smoke, giving us great viewing. Here are a few photos I took with my small camera, which had no lens filter, so I could only use it during totality without burning out the sensors. You may need to click to enlarge the images, because this Blogger app doesn't create thumbnails.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back Home, and Straining the Brain

We arrived home last Friday, after spending a few days near London with friends from our years living in Surrey/Berkshire. Thankfully, the timezone disruption westbound is an easier adjustment than in the eastbound direction. For me, at least.

The first task on arrival back in California was to begin the design process for a jacquard project for a friend from the local weaving guild. It involved learning a new-to-me technique: designing in Photoshop for a discontinuous supplementary weft. Given the time change, even thought it was less disruptive, my brain still refused to wrap itself around a handful of new ideas for supplementary wefts.

The project is based on a hand-drawn postcard from my friend's daughter, a really clever drawing that is intended as a gift from my friend back to her daughter. The image is in 3 colors, white, black, and red. Simple, right? Not so fast...

The red areas are discreet, and were obvious choices for brocade, aka discontinuous supplementary weft. I decided (after consulting Becky) to use my standard black warp (20/2 mercerized cotton) in a 7/1 satin for the dark areas, a white 16/2 bamboo ground weft for the white areas, and a soft wool for the red brocaded areas.

The instructions for weaving brocade include weaving the cloth face down to lighten the lifts in the brocade areas. A first for me. Now, after a few samples to verify aspect ratio, I find I need a mirror on a long stick so I can check what's going on on the 'face' of the cloth. No selfie sticks in this household, so we'll have to improvise.

Here are two photos I took while weaving samples. First, the weaver's view of the cloth with brocade almost invisible. Next, the view from under the cloth, showing most of my test strip. More images to follow, as the project develops.

The wool supplementary weft is on a small, low-profile shuttle, and white ground weft on my favorite end-delivery shuttle (not shown).

After loosening the cloth apron, I was able to get my small camera into the space under the cloth to photograph the 'right' side. Sorry, it was only a 1-inch strip! At least the red brocade area looks good, and I managed to get the appropriate weaves in the right places (Thank you, Alice and Bhakti!)

At some point, I will post some photos of our trip, which was wonderful, except that I forgot to pack the combination of cables that let me upload photos from my camera to my tablet, from which I can post to the blog. DH and I took lots of photos, but it was not feasible while cruising to move them from cameras to tablet.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Guess Where??

A Little Mermaid.

We're on an ocean cruise with Viking. So far: Bergen, Eidfjord, and Stavanger (Norway), then Alborg and Copenhagen (Denmark). Very pleasant weather. Having a good time. Hope you are, too!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Off the Air

I will be off the air for a while, on holiday, beginning this afternoon. Photos will appear here when possible. In the meantime, your job is to stay cool, and weave lots. My job is to rest, relax, and knit a little.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

The Next Version

This iteration has 2/2 basket-weave in the narrow, lighter-colored stripes on either side of a wide, darker stripe:

I've lost track of how many towels are woven at this point. The plan is to just keep going until the end of the warp.😃