Bright Moments

Taking a moment, slowing down, drifting back & forth between all the things that give me joy

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a little crochet,

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a little nerdy stitching for him,

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a little collecting, sorting, sifting & snarking,

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organizing like with unlike and scissors with scissors.

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Giving a quiet moment to memories, to sadness, to the background ache,

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to the melancholy that creeps in when something good, bad or indifferent, ends, begins or stays the same.

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Bright studio moments for not dead plants & for giant cones of red wool,

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and for creating tiny treats, small enough for a mouse’s pocket.

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Moments for loving grouchy grinches & for just plain love,

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and maybe a little extra moment for the love of 8 homemade butter mints.

wove in 14 pictures

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It starts with just 2 skeins of sock yarn.

(75% sw Merino\ 25% nylon – not necessarily important, but something somewhat strong works best, because the warp is under the most stress)

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Direct warp on a 15″ Cricket loom, using a 12 dent rigid heddle.

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Weft yarn same as warp.

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Heddle up shuttle to the left, beat, heddle down shuttle to the right, beat, repeat.

(I keep my up = left & down = right consistent, that way I never undo what I just did :)

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Miles and miles of tidy edge plain tabby weaving. The trick to straight selvages, stay obsessed with weft tension.

(This can be tricky with sock yarn, that dang nylon not only adds strength, but also adds stretch, bounce and recoil, if you pull it too taunt, it can suck in and pucker the edge.
I also don’t over beat between passes, just a light kiss, leaving a little more open weave now will result it a more supple scarf later, it will pull in on itself (recoil) once it’s cut off the loom. Alternatively over beat if you want something more dense/stiff in the end.)

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Hemstitched. (4×3)

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Hot soapy soak and a little friction, to aid in the bloom. (rosewood scent)

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Blocked flat, trimmed fringe.

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A smidge longer than my usual 100″ and a bit mellower than I expected.
..completely in love..

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embracing orange

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The plant is surprisingly still alive, leggy limbs and all, but every once in a while something rips off a leaf?

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Getting cooler, a window peek from the warm inside looking out, little orange plant you’re either going to die from exposure or by my hand, so come on inside, let’s give this a try.

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Trimmed that wonky bit straight away, welcome to your new sunny window home in the warm peachy orange studio.

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(which is still in a deep cleaning & organization stage)

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So much is leaving, but these old wonky roll shades and my old wonky 1st grade picture are staying.

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Not sure I can pull off a flesh tone double brimmed hat, but I need a simple mental getaway from the art room studio shambles. (This is some of my lovely peachy avocado dyed wool, Lex said I’ll probably look like a conehead in this.)

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I managed to make pretty decent tiny twist pretzel & biscuit stitch marker one lazy afternoon (when I should have been studio cleaning!). Still need to perfect the faux salt and figure out how to make this into a “chicken in a biskit” cracker ..it’s been years since having one of those!

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Always embracing our mostly black with patchy orange Kiki, (when allowed, which is mostly never) but, she too loves a warm sunny window in the peachy studio. 💕