This is the first Christmas since 1988 that there are no dog treats under the tree…
I’ve completed Part One of Rebecca Mezoff’s Tapestry Course, and couldn’t be more pleased. The course is well-written, and Rebecca is a wonderful teacher. She responds to all questions so quickly, and her answers are very thorough. The video/PDF combo makes all the techniques very clear.
I find weaving so relaxing, even meditative, and designing the final project was great fun! I’m happy with the finished tapestry, despite its mistakes, and ready to warp the loom for Part Two!
I went to La Grange, TX last week to visit my dad:
I brought him Rose‘s Chocolate Chip cookies, as he was cheated out of his birthday cookies. Can you see any of the cookie under the ice cream and syrup? No? They were good, and I especially liked her use of browned butter, a technique I plan to steal for my own chocolate chip cookies!
I had a wonderful visit with my dad, had lunch with one of my favorite people, went to Yarnorama (spoiled thing that I am, wait ’til you see what I was gifted there from my generous father! But that’s another post), and even found some weaving time:
(Have Hokett loom, will travel)
Since my return, there’s been some other baking:
Rose calls these “the perfect expression of chocolate.” Well, I’m not so sure about that claim, but these dense brownies with nuts (pecans instead of walnuts for mine), topped with white chocolate buttercream and finished with a dark chocolate ganache were very, very good. My apologies for the awful picture.
And for anyone who was concerned about my son having one cold foot:
A wonderful weekend at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, aka Rhinebeck!
And for Harrison, the money shot:
Clockwise from top: Foxhill Farms Cormo DK; Magpie Fibers Swanky DK (L-R: Nightrain, Out of the Blue, Wild Blue Yonder); Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian (Wheat and Blue Drizzle gradient); Just Our Yarns Almaza (skein for weft) Aziza (spools for warp); Neighborhood Dye Company Rustic Fingering (L-R Charles Centre, Station North, Upton); Miss Babs Kunlun (Blackwatch).
Middle (all laceweight): Still River Farms Cameloo; Victory Farm Paco-Vicuna ‘Lily’, Windy Valley Quiviuk, (50% Quiviut/50% Mulberry Silk).
Last week, there was much excitement in the knitting world, as Brooklyn Tweed released a new yarn, Quarry. This is their third yarn, joining Shelter and Loft. BT is a company I feel good about supporting, because (as they say on their site) they “develop and manufacture yarns that support domestic textile production—designing, sourcing, dyeing and spinning our yarns within the USA.” (use that link to read more about BT). Also because they make fabulous yarns, supported by classic, yet fresh designs!
I’ve followed BT’s founder, Jared Flood, since he began his blog in 2005. Not long after, I was in what I believe was the first class he ever taught, at a weekend of classes put on by Mosaic Yarn Shop, in Blacksburg, VA.
Of course, I ordered some Quarry within hours of its release, from one of my favorite online shops, Churchmouse Yarns & Tea. Six skeins in Moonstone, destined to be (in a KAL with Denise, AKA Executive Knitter) a sweater for my first trip to Rhinebeck!
The ATA (American Tapestry Alliance) released their biennial publication, CODA recently. This one is available to everyone, not just members, and featured one of my favorite tapestry artists, Jilly Edwards. I first saw her work in issue #246 (Jan/Feb 2014) of Crafts magazine (article here), including some of this series:
Ms. Edwards wrote a fascinating piece about preparing a show for gallery display and how she creates:
My “work has an element of the landscape, whether I am walking to the corner shop, or on the beach, or travelling through unfamiliar countryside, by train. However, it’s not about the landscape, it’s about my feelings, thoughts, memories that the sights, words, and sounds evoke in me.”*
Well worth a read, and a visit to her website for a closer look at her work!
*Jilly Edwards from CODA: A Biennial Celebration of Tapestry Art Today 2015. p. 23. Dorothy Clews, editor.
Brent, #1 son, and his lovely fiancée came out to Easton for dinner, and some of these:
(The look on his face might be he realized it was MINT ice cream!)
But more importantly, for this: