Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Pretty Good Guess

 From this sectional warping of 70 revolutions per section...

And three baskets of weft possibilities... (two baskets actually consumed)

I produced these 26 runners,
plus 2 that have already gone to their new home,
and one DUD that is going to be taken apart.

I had guessed, when asked, that I would get about 30 runners from my warping.

Dang, pretty close!

If the last one had worked like I wanted it to, I would have had 29 finished runners.  
And in reality, that last one was way longer than I usually weave -
So I should have gotten 30...

Just what I guessed :)

All for now, JULIE 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Pink bubble gum

Bubble gum is what I thought of while I wove this runner.

I'm presently weaving in the garage.
I have warp left on the loom from the weekend 
demonstration at the Fort Festival.

I'm fighting warm weather 
and mosquitoes out there.

Just a few more to go it looks like.
Digging deep and doing some very random colors
from my stash.
When I get the warp used up, the loom
and all the equipment and weft fabrics will
go back in the cargo trailer.

I'm sure it is tiring to hear about my health issues...
but it's an issue again.

Looks like the low grade infection was still down there hiding.
Dr appointment Tuesday early for a tissue sample to see what's
growing in there.

I'm sure tired of it all.

All for now,

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

18 Tablerunners....

This last weekend was the annual Fort Sisseton Festival.

A bit of a change/shakeup in the craft show this year.  There wasn't one.

But I got talked into schlepping my loom, tools, materials AND inventory to the festival.

I was installed in a historic building.  I was in an officers quarters apartment.  No furnishings, but information displays present.

I had plenty of room to weave and display - Just no lighting!  Saturday was overcast so the room was dim, but there was always a crowd that was very interested in my loom and how it worked.

Thank goodness my daughter had decided to come join me for the weekend.  She even dressed up and jumped in to demonstrate or sell items depending on the situation.  Couldn't have done it without her! 

We were so busy on Saturday, we had difficulty getting bathroom breaks and it was hard to get a bite to eat.  It's fun to talk to people and show them what I do.  Many people mentioned the amount of time involved and that they didn't realize.... Maybe it is a good thing to haul it all there?  Thing is, most interested people weren't the buyers.  I must analyze!

Here are pics of the last 9 runners we wove on Sunday.  We cut 9 more off end of day on Saturday and I managed to tie fringe knots, trim, measure, price and tag those and they are in inventory packed away by my daughter, so I'm not gonna try to find them for a picture :)

As you can see, they are still hooked together in a big old log of runners. 

My loom is unloaded into the garage as there is still warp left that I'd like to weave off rather than have it in the trailer.  Garage can get warm during the day, so will have to use the cooler days and mornings and evenings.  Shouldn't take me too long, as I have plenty of prepared weft to choose from. 

I was in need of some fresh runners for my sales displays, and I think I did good. 

Had a good weekend as far as sales, too.  I'd have to look back, but I think my total sales are in the running for the best show here yet.

The weekend sure did wear me out tho :)

All for now,

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Plan B

This time of year I am usually getting everything gathered up to attend the craft fair at Fort Sisseton Festival.  Not so this year.  The powers that be that are above the local board that oversees the Fort decided to suspend the craft fair portion of the Festival....  Not alot of happy campers about that.

This festival has consistently been my best show of the year.  Hard to find out that it's not an option.

So plan B.   Somehow I got talked into doing some demonstrating.  I'm in a building so that's good.

Not so fun is that I have to haul the loom and assorted tools and materials there, along with my inventory and display items.

I've been prepping materials and yesterday I went out to the warm trailer and dug out my trusty Union.

Today I have gotten it warped.

 I went with a more subdued warp plan.  Hope this goes with the many different materials that I have prepped.  Also decided to do table runner widths.   Less weft prep needed that way.  I had felt I was getting low on runners anyway.

Here is a portion of the weft I have prepared.  I will keep adding to it until it gets to the day to haul the stuff there.  Just a few days left.  I'm getting a bit low on fabrics that I can prep that aren't duplicates of what's here already. 

I cranked on warp = 70 turns.  I think this should be great plenty to get me through the 2 full days of Festival.

Oh, and I get to dress in appropriate garb.  They have some to borrow I guess.  Hope its not hotter than heck!

All for now, JULIE

Monday, May 21, 2018

Vacation Time

I haven't had many vacations in the last decade or so.  Too busy working and dealing with 'must do's'...

A few days after my birthday, I flew off to visit daughter Leah in Colorado.

I just got home - 12 days later.  When I do it, I do it big!  LOL

I landed in Grand Junction around 9 AM and Leah met me with our plan to visit Mesa Verde!  I have always thought I wanted to see that some time, so we decided no time like the present!  It was a good 4 hour drive in the opposite direction of her home, so we left from the airport.

Extreme difference in topography than what I'm used to.  Pretty, but not the easy driving of the plains states :)

Leah's research had her deciding we should stay in the Mesa Verde park, and we are sure glad we did.  The motel wasn't fancy - no tv, no wifi, and a bit rustic, but it was clean and the beds were comfortable.  Bonus was it saved a lot of miles on challenging roads.  Lots of curves, mountains, steep drop offs and even a tunnel.

Fascinating stuff!  I didn't take alot of photos as Leah had her 'big camera', but my small auto camera did ok.  There were older sites than the cliff dwellings and museum and other learning spots that were really neat.  I wouldn't mind going back again!  We were so enthused we saw a great portion of the sites on the night we got there.  The temperature was perfect and not much traffic that time of day.

The next afternoon, we left that park and headed home by way of Utah.  We decided to take the 'straighter roads' around and then we would have the opportunity to check out Arches Park.

As starkly beautiful as the landscape was, we didn't enjoy this park as much.  There was alot of traffic, it was windy and had gotten a bit warmish.  You see alot from the car, but if you are an avid hiker, this park is for you.  We were not prepared with footwear, water, hiking equipment, etc.  I think I could appreciate this park almost as well by the pictures :)  But we were driving right by, so I'm glad we went in.

When we got to Leah's we finished off the weekend with helping their friends brand a small group of cows and also do some roping practice at another friends place.  A graduation party and getting a tour of more places around their home made me ready for the week while everyone else was at work.  I took pointers from Leah's cat Jack in relaxation and did some napping and reading... not that Jack reads...

Flew home on Friday, late flight.  Very bumpy - enough that the flight attendants stayed strapped in and no drinks or snacks for the flight.

I stayed with my son so I could see my infectious disease doctor.  My incision had some changes right before my trip and I dread that I'm going back to prior problems.  I took antibiotics while I was traveling and the last few days the area has improved, so maybe that is it.  We are in wait and see mode yet again.

All for now,  JULIE

Friday, April 27, 2018

Any Volunteers?

Yesterday my brother and I spent a few hours fixing fence.

A good portion of our fencing is high tensile electric smooth wire.  Soooo, when the electricity is off, or the fence gets grounded for one of many reasons, the cattle find it and wreak havoc on the fences, coming and going at will.

Always an audience, never any volunteers :)

Cattle are very curious animals.  And then they also realize that a pickup in their pen usually means grain in those yellow buckets in back -- food is a great training tool.

This time tho, there were tools in those yellow buckets.  We have to keep an eye on those buckets so they don't get tipped over.  My brother told me awhile back a cow got her head stuck in one of those buckets.  That was a fun day getting that off her... LOL

The snow has finally decided it's time to go.  There is still some hiding in coulees and shaded areas.  Most of the "big melt" happened last week.  Our lazy creek was a roaring thing for about 4 days, and the spillway around our pond dam was overflowing.  We wish we could save some of that water for this summer - it all leaves except what we can hold in our pond.  It's a relief to feel that spring is finally here.

Many projects are in progress.  There is an order going in for new roof materials for a detached garage - needs it very badly -  I am hoping to then finish the interior for a workspace for me.  Looms, sewing machines, etc.

I'm systematically working my way through my parents affairs.  Finding out about insurance, loans, other bills that the parents don't really know what they are paying for, etc. 

My brother is getting a physical inventory on the cow herd so we can start making plans on the future for them - possibly selling some, possibly digging in and being serious about keeping it going.  My dad is 78 and has physically been unable to keep up with it all the last couple of years and many things are a little confused right now.  My mom had always done registrations and paperwork, and those are also a little confused.  That is a big job figuring that all out.

I am in denial about how quickly the wedding will be upon us.  I say I must lose a little weight that I've gained over the course of the last year and a half while dealing with my hamstring, but can't seem to get serious about it.

And there are days I think I should look for a job, but really can't figure out how I would have time and energy to add another thing to my life!

All for now,

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Yesterday I saw something I have never witnessed before.

I was driving my parents to another bull sale...

This one was located in the southern center of South Dakota. 
On the way, we became aware of a large number of birds in the fields and pastures along our route.

I, and my parents and my dad's brother that was catching a ride with us had never observed these birds before.  We immediately recognized that they were cranes - sandhill type.

Apparently none of us had ever been at the right place at the right time so see this before.

(Photo from the Nebraska Flyways website)

There were THOUSANDS of them within about a 10 mile area that we drove through.

We regularly see this volume of geese where we live.  Snows, grays and canada geese. But we'd never seen the cranes before.  We live outside of their route.

It was fascinating enough as soon as I got home yesterday to do some research.

What I found that surprised me was...

80% of the population migrate through the river valley every year heading to Northern Canada, Alaska and Siberia.

The flocks will fly from 170 to 450 PER DAY.

The most surprising to me was the lifespan of these birds.  They live 20 - 40 years!
We saw them midmorning on the drive.  On the way home, we saw only a few flocks.  The rest had taken off for the next leg of their journey.  
I am so glad I got to see this, even tho it was in drive by fashion. 
It amazes me what our creator has created.
All for now, JULIE