Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Is It Spring Yet?

We moved to our new homestead here in central Illinois on Veteran's Day last year.  With winter rapidly closing in at that moment in time there was not a whole lot we could do outside to sustain our "farming" fix.  With spring-like temps this last week I have been yearning to go outside and begin preparing our garden beds for planting what I hope will be our biggest garden to date.  As you can see in the pictures we are no where near warm enough or dry enough to work on the land...sigh  Way too soggy and cold.

Hopefully you can see the squiggly branches on this tree I am most curious to find out what kind of tree it might be, any ideas?  Not the best of pictures, sorry.  All the branches sort of cork screw, thus I call it the squiggly tree.

Here is a pile of freshly woven towels I pulled off the loom yesterday.  Much to my dismay some of them are lightly stained with rust from my country well water.  I have a lot of trouble with rust stains on my light colored laundry.  We do have a water softener system and it does have a rust inhibitor type of salt in it.  I do use tide with bleach to wash and I have even thrown a color catcher in the loads to try to catch as much of the rust as I can.  Think we are going to have to buy a better softener system.  Not sure what else I can do to prevent ruining my laundry and my hand wovens.

This pattern is one I have woven many times, I call it my Swedish Flower pattern.  It is easy to weave and I love how it looks when it is finished.

  Same threading with two different treadling sequences.

  Wonder if spring will arrive early this year?  Ah well, spring will come when it comes...back to the loom.  

Happy Weaving!