Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Yes, we had a long weekend in Adelaide, with Monday being 'Adelaide Cup Day' ... not that I know anyone who goes to the races :P It has been so blisteringly hot in Australia lately (if you're hearing a lot of your Australian friends whingeing, then I can tell you it's justified!) - today is 38 degrees C (100.4 degrees F), with the overnight temperatures at 25 degrees (77 deg F), which doesn't allow the house to cool down sufficiently. After a couple of weeks of this, as well as some days of high humidity (which doesn't happen very often in Adelaide!), I'm very grateful that tomorrow will be only 25 degrees - PHEW! At least we have a week or so of lovely weather until the heat strikes us again ;)
Unfortunately, upstairs is not air conditioned, so I have been bravely doing as much as I can before it gets unbearable. I actually achieved a lot on Saturday - I think the strange humidity helped me out, because I lasted nearly all day in my studio ;) I had time to warp up my loom and do a good 20cm of weaving:
Now I understand this doesn't look very interesting ... but I really needed to make myself a cowl that I could wear with other coloured items of clothing (I'm not a 'plain' dresser :P). I also thought I'd challenge myself by using more than 4 shafts of my 8 shaft loom. So I wandered over to handweaving.net, where there are a lot of copyright-free patterns. I found this gorgeous 6 shaft pattern from 1895 - it's Draft # 29911:
It's so pretty!! But in charcoal and black it's very subtle, and not as feminine as I first thought it would be. I think in these colours it would be a great cowl for a man - I have one in mind to try it out on, as I need to get all the measurements right. I'm looking forward to trying out this pattern in contrasting colours too - I'm thinking black and hot pink!
I have done quite a bit of work on my tapestry sampler too ... but I'm not as excited about it, to tell you the truth ;) Samplers ... SIGH!! But I'm pleased with the colours I've chosen:
On kitty news, Misha asked me how Rosie was going - well, on the weekend she displayed a bag-fetish. Where did this come from? Suddenly she's obsessed with getting into bags!
Whereas Frankie has always been interested in bags ... mainly just sitting on them ;)
Charlie is a snob, and hates having her picture taken ... seriously, she's extremely talented at turning her head just when the picture is taken ;)
Oh, and I do post a lot more pictures on Instagram - if you're on there, please look up 'michellethreefold'!