As Sue has her elbow op in a couple of days and we’ll be more or less ‘grounded’ for a while, I thought I blow some of my Xmas pocket money on yarn so that I’ve something to keep me occupied whilst she recuperates.
As promised a few days ago, I’ve put some of the video clips from my wintry wander around Sculpture by the Lakes into a longer video. It’s a bit amateurish as I’m still learning to do this film stuff, but I like it 😉
I’ve been careful not to overeat this Christmas and make myself ill as a result… I needn’t have bothered as I feel really ill anyway – not from eating, as I’ve not had much food, but one of those head & muscle aches, shivers, sore throat, dry cough illnesses – hard to define, but generally making me feel bleugh… 🙁
Thank you Santa!
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Well almost, unless you were in the Wheeler house…
Hurrah! Lucifer the Loom lives again When I got the loom I was given two lead weights, which I assumed were those used by weavers to add tension to any loose warp threads.
It’s a day full of strange new sensations and I’m not 100% sure if I’m comfortable with them 🙁 The reason? Sue has bought me some new undies! Why she decided I needed a change of style I’m not sure, and she has a different idea of male anatomy support to me, but I’ll give them a fair try.
But the acid test will be a curry dayafter 😉 Will they cope with the chemical-laden gales?
I’ll let you all know 😀
It’s taking longer to restring my countermarch floor loom (Lucifer) than it does to weave an entire garment. I keep thinking I’ve mastered it, and then a glaring error becomes obvious…
Naturally, it’s such a rare loom than unlike almost every other type of loom, there’s nothing on the Internet to tell me how to do it – it’s all trial and error Hopefully it will be less of a botch job than the last person to restring it did…
I forgot to mention that, yesterday we went to have a look at the occasional exhibition by the Bryanston School teachers in Valentine Gallery, Blandford. Once again there were some really nice pieces, a few of which I could have happily seen on my walls. A range of styles and techniques kept us interested, especially a couple of intriguing Oils which neither Sue or I could agree how exactly they were created.
It was definitely worth the visit, but if you’re now thinking of wandering over for a look, sorry but yesterday was the final day of the exhibition 🙁
Damn! It’s that time again when I have to pretend that I’m all jolly and nice 🙁 So here’s my seasonal greeting:
Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practised within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practise their own religion as well as those who choose not to practise a religion at all.
Additionally, a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2015, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions have helped make our society great, without regard to the race, creed, colour, religious, or sexual preferences of the wishes.
(Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit.)
The floor loom has been causing me a few problems in trying to get the tie-up for the treadles right. Countermarch looms are notoriously difficult to tie, but as mine is a mongrel loom I’ve no diagrams to help me – it’s all been trial and error…
Many years ago I had a cartoon character which I illustrated called Mr Boggo. I’d more or less forgotten all about him until recently when my wife started digging through some of the old magazines and newspapers in my archives and saw the character.
As I’d always had a bit of a soft spot for him I decided to revive him again, but this time in paint rather than cartoons. Here are some of the results of the (ongoing) series…