Saturday, February 25, 2006
What I've been up to...
Not much cooking happening 'round here lately...
What I have been doing is starting my first weaving project in over six years. Weaving is a hobby I took up about ten years ago after visiting New Mexico. It seemed that weaving shops and weaving demos were at every turn on that trip. I loved watching those demos, but could not imagine actually purchasing a loom. Even so, I had caught the weaving bug and returned home with a weaving book and instructions for building a simple lap loom.
I drooled over the book and an issue of Handwoven magazine that I had purchased. None of this escaped my parents' notice. Before I got around to building that lap loom, they were telling me about a weaving class at a shop just outside Baltimore and making me an offer I couldn't refuse... take the class and they would buy me a loom after I completed the class.
The class was fantastic. I have trouble remembering the details now, but I believe there were six classses over six weeks, during which time we completed four or five weaving projects. The shop loaned each student a table loom for the duration of the class, so much of the weaving was done at home.
I don't know how so much time has passed without any weaving... I've been blaming it on Leo (my cat), but my dry spell started a year or so before he came along. I've missed it, though, and I'm starting back in again. I'm finding it slow going - I've forgotten so much. Fortunately, I do remember the basics - even though it has required some effort to recollect.
So here's the thing... I'm going to break the number one rule of blogging by changing the focus of my blog somewhat. I plan to expand the scope of my little kitchen to include weaving and possibly even other needlework projects. I realize not everyone will be interested in these posts, so in the future I will always make it clear in the title what the subject of the post will be.
My current project is dish towels and I'll be telling you all about it soon. Maybe I'll find out there are one or two other weavers among you or maybe you'll catch the weaving bug too!