4.17.14 Back and recovering

I know it sounds insensitive but hear me out.  Every time I visit Mom I have to take a few days to recover and always wish I had taken Mr. Lady. This trip was no exception. My mother (who does NOT have access to the internet) and I have never really been able to get along since I had the power to deduce that she was different from other moms. That was at about age 10. Now that she has early ALZ dementia in addition to personality disorder she is most difficult. Paranoia has taken over.  Anger and mistrust is ever-present to family and trust is misplaced in those who should not receive it. She has lost quite a bit of money to psychics and scammers who call and request donations, offer readings or tell her she has won a prize but must pay an ever increasing amount of “insurance” or “tax”. As a family, we are trying to work out the best solution to her late life years and have hired a care manager with whom I met last week. She seems very professional and competent (LCSW with many years experience and positive attitude) but she is not entirely up to speed on the situation yet. And this week she is on vacation. Mom is quite angry with all of this intervention. Ah well, things can only get better lets hope.

On to better subjects. Charlemagne the Emperor is doing well. He had a visit to the vet for routine care and pedicure the other day. While there he goes by the name of Charlie. He travels in a pink and mint green 1990s colors carrier that once belonged to Sylvia Charlotte our tuxedo sweetie. Charles does not like this but seems to have recovered. I use the “scruff and flip” method to disorient him into the carrier. He is confused by this and his new claw length but better them than me for trimming them! He has a whole couch in the loom room on which to lounge and nap. He does not mind the labrador either. By the way, sorry for the blurry photo quality. Some are taken with iPhone because my camera is temporarily battery-less.



Since back home I have been taking stock of projects. The loom is threaded and all that is left is the tie-up. Not difficult but I have to stick with it to the end unless I want to get confused and lost with all the texsolv. Maybe I will do that today.


On the knitting front the Forest Darkness Bohus is progressing as is the Apple Cider Donut

I have had a birthday and have ordered myself some items that most girls need for public appearance. I have discovered that none of my shirts fit and my back, shoulders and neck hurt still, a year after major neck surgery! What does that have to do with birthdays? It is just that I have been wearing the most wrong sized bra imaginable and decided to buy myself some new ones that fit. So I took a risk and ordered from an online shop that has bra fitting algorithms. I am so happy with this I have to share. I think I clicked on a Facebook link for True and Co. I cannot believe how easy it was to shop for bras and be happy doing it. To begin, I completed a simple questionnaire and received recommendations. Then I placed an order for the selections that I chose to try.  Two extra bras to try (in my case in different sizes) were included in the shipment. The selections are then sent FREE to try on. After receiving my Personal Box of Beautiful (hehe), trying on and deciding to keep or return, I filled out an online feedback questionnaire for each bra and sent the returns back within 5 days FREE. Just pay for what you keep. You must complete the feedback questionnaire or face a $20 penalty. Ta-da. Three new bras painlessly. That fit. That are reasonably priced. Don’t be discouraged by the cute young models and fancy styles. I just turned, er, 57 and am completely satisfied with this. And I didn’t have to go to a store that would not have had my size anyway. I am not large busted but would never in a million years known that I wore a size 34E. What the heck?? Is that even a size???  I believe most of the bras are from the UK but True and Co. are now manufacturing their own line as well. My back feels better already.



Next up, my clog obsession resurfaces.

4.10.14 Featherweight History

I am visiting my mom who still lives in the house where we lived from when I was 5 years old. It is sad to see how old she is and how small and dated the house is. But she won’t leave it. She is 85 and still drives and works 4 mornings a week. But she is failing in mind and body. Mostly mind. She says she never naps.


She received a gift from my father when I was born of flowers and a featherweight sewing machine. He told her that now that she had a baby girl she could make little dresses for me. She never did sew much but my granny did when she visited . And I learned to sew on this machine. Happy birthday!



I Love My New Loom and my Dog.


This Glimakra standard countermarche is a masterpiece of simplicity. Sticks and string and some metal in the brake and reed. I am finally getting to know it better. This is a towel warp.

My dog Jack is complex. He loves me but is not friendly. This puzzles people.



7.23.13 Holland Glimakra among other things


Oh yes I did let my fingers do the walking whilst recovering from neck surgery. And not just the 1967 Vintage Raleigh Sprite bicycle. It rides great with a new set of tires and a Mr. Lady tune up. Just the thing for an Old Zipperneck.


A fellow Raveller had a loom for sale and answered my forum plea for a countermarche. It is a Swedish loom, a vintage Glimakra 120 cm, 4 shaft, 6 treadle. Sue brought it from her Vermont farmhouse to meet Mr. Lady when he was cleaning out his mom’s house in Alexandria. She was on a trip to visit the D.C. area. Prior to being in Vermont the loom was in Holland after being built in Sweden then crossed the ocean to live in New England where I don’t think it was ever used. Mr. Lady and I set it up and I am learning about dressing it. A rag rug will be first up.

If I can’t go to Scandinavia I will at least own a bit of it.  I dream big. Thank you Sue!

Suzie the Fiberdog has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It happened suddenly on July 6th, and it was cancer. Stupid cancer. I miss her each and every day, she was my constant stay at home companion. She got me through the recovery without letting me slack on my activity and then she died. I know she waited til I was recovered and well. I so much appreciated her presence and she will never be replaced. We will have another dog at some point but never another Suzie.IMG_0226 IMG_0227 IMG_0231 IMG_0232 IMG_0580

















We are going to the Outer Banks next week. The weather is almost too hot to go to the beach, much less knit, weave, or ride bikes. But we will have a place to stay unlike the very old days when we camped in a tent and the mosquitoes ate us.

The Emperor agrees.IMG_0709



Meanwhile I weave another spa towel on old Nilus. This one is for me.



Hello again.



I wish I had a better photo but the iPhone will have to do.  I will have to recommend the kit from Halcyon Yarn.  Everything included and it is a beautiful towel. Large too! After 2 runs through hot wash and dry it is 28″ x 64″. Big enough for a pool or beach towel.  I am in the process of warping one in another color.  I might be tempted to put on a long warp for several. Easy plain weave alternating 5/2 cotton and bulky cotton chenille.

I have done lots of knitting in my 2 months since surgery finishing some old projects and starting many. Many. Including one yesterday when the perfect storm of pattern, yarn and heavy weather came together to result in a new project.

Here are a bunch of photos. Windward, Karabella Yoke Cardigan and Rowan Denim Lauren cardigan. The Karabella sweater is knit of Aurora 8 and my friend Issy did the finishing because I could not get the yoke piece to fit the body.  If you knit this pattern, do yourself a favor and knit the yoke on. Use the yarn, it is soft and gorgeous.




My neck is fusing according to the xrays taken at the end of May.  I have weaned out of the rigid collar and am using a soft collar for the next 2 months til I can wean out of that one. Fun! I have driven exactly 4 times since the beginning of March, twice to the drug store, once to shop a little (prompt retreat home) and one to check out the summer shoes at DSW. No shoes but I will treat you to my new neck bling profile! I still get some neck spasms but considering what I was dealing with before this is nothing.