It has admittedly been awhile since I wrote.  Maybe it's the changing of the seasons, the relentlessness of this pandemic, or the political chaos that is happening here, but I just haven't felt like I've had all that much to say.  Not that I haven't been busy, because I certainly have.  Just feeling kind of bleh.

I finished weaving the scarf woven from my first hand spun silk.  It was a gradient, so normally the yarn would transition from one color at one side of the scarf to the contrasting color at the other side.  I really wanted to see if I could create a yarn that would allow me to weave a more-or-less symmetrical scarf.  Looking back, I think I could have approached the weaving better.  I had separated the colors out, but ended up spinning half of the yarn from the "wrong" end, which can lead to difficulties drafting (pulling) the yarn towards the spinning wheel.  After the hassle of that, perhaps you can imagine my delight once the scarf was woven and how close it came to what I had hoped it would be.

After trialing a few wefts, I settled on grayed mauve tencel.  All in all, I am pleased with how it turned out.  I was pretty sure that the warp would be a bit sticky, because I encountered that while trying to wind the yarn into a ball from a skeiner.  Luckily for me, the silk behaved very well on the loom.  This scarf got snapped up pretty quickly, always a good thing!

I've been having a lot of fun meeting people from my tiny town as I post these scarves on our town FB page.  Everyone has been so encouraging and complimentary!  Once this pandemic is over, I hope to be more involved with my community.

I do still have my handspun handwoven scarf made from wool/silk with a tencel weft available, if anyone is interested.  I had someone who was very enthusiastic, but she has stopped communicating.

This scarf is available in my shop.

I also have my peppermint fiber hand dyed infinity scarves available, as well as some lap blankets and table runners. shop

Much time was spent toward the end of summer and early fall trying to get some more painting done on the house.  Normally, I do most of that after hubby helps setting up ladders, but this year he did the lion's share of the work.

That peak of the house was the focus this year, along with the trim on the porch.  All got done, but, of course, there is still more to do.  The weather has gotten too cold now, so the paints will be put away for the winter.

We have also seen an awful lot of wild turkeys on our walks down our road.  Usually, you might see a group once or even twice, but I've lost count of how many we have seen over several forays.  They are much scrawnier than what you buy in the store, but it is fun to see them move about.  There have also been several close deer crossings, which is neat.

(Sorry for the double image, but I added the same one twice and you can't delete them!)

I guess that's all for today.  Stay healthy out there, people, and make sure you VOTE!!!  I did!


  1. What did you do with your thrums? Did you tie your handspun onto a previous warp? I love the look of the handspun in the warp, but for myself, I worry (because it's what I do) about wasting it.

    1. It's funny you should ask that question! I actually put the thrums from the last two handspun scarves in the trash in my yarn room. Over the last couple of weeks, every time I would see them in there, even with thread and other stuff on top of them, I'd feel a little internal sigh. Yesterday, I pulled them out, picked off the other stuff, secured them and put them in a plastic bag. I have no idea what I may do with them some day, but they were just too pretty to throw away. I am the kind of person that doesn't like to keep unused stuff, so we'll see how long this lasts. I don't tie the handspun warps onto anything, either. The pink/green scarf was going to have twisted fringe, but that didn't work out. I, too, am a worrier, but I'm trying to enjoy the yarns that come from all that spinning without getting so attached that I can't use it. And while I have no issue with cutting hand woven cloth in order to "finish" it, such as when cutting towels apart, I still can't make myself cut into the cloth that I wove in order to make a tunic. It feels like my trying to iron on all of the very small amounts of interface will ruin SOMETHING. Sigh. Always anxieties to work through over here. - Karen


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