Tuesday, January 31, 2012

At last!

My computer died on Dec. 1, 2011 just when I was going to post to this blog again.  Now, after a lot of struggling with this new computer, I am back again.

In the meantime, the new knee has settled in and I have had cataracts removed from both eyes--what a miracle!  Folks who long for the "good old days" don't take into account that in those days I would have become more and more immobile and eventually blind, to boot.  I, for one, am very glad to be living now!

I have been weaving, at first just a little and now almost back to "normal".  (I am starting to think that "normal" is just a setting on my dryer....)  I wove four washable rugs (three warps), to order, (not photographed) that were mostly brown.  I spent weeks dyeing the loops left over when athletic socks are made.  They are now delivered and in use.

Yesterday I cut off three white, silk scarves.  They looked like this on the loom:
The main yarn is a 140/2 silk plied three strands together and the larger yarn is 20/2.  The silk is strong and well-mannered causing no difficulty in weaving.  I found I am having to de-gum it when washing it because otherwise it is overly crisp when ironed.

I have been attending the Utah Symphony enjoying the concerts very much.  Last week I went to see the Utah Opera's performance of Rigoletto.  The sets and costumes were excellent and the singers, particularly the soprano were better than that.  The story is very dark and tragic and one I don't like much at all.

As you can see, because it is winter, Bob (copper and white) and Lola (black and white) cuddle together to share body heat.  They are good friends a fact for which I am very grateful!