Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Another year of blogging

I missed my blog anniversary this year. It was at the beginning of May.  This blog has been kept for two years and one month. Wow, I actually have a written record of my doings and musings for two years. Pretty neat!
Thank you, my loyal readers. It's nice to share and know I'm letting others into my 'little world.'

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Running Til You Fall

Running Til You Fall is a great piece of writing by Chris Brogan. I follow his blog. He is a good writer and offers great blogging tips.

In this short article, he highlights the modern phenomena of 'hurry up.' Somehow faster is better than slower. 'Git her done' has become a mantra of daily living.

It may be that I can no longer keep up with the pace of business and commerce that I had to find my own slower pace.  Ahhh. . . To me there is nothing better than doing a job well and completely. It doesn't matter if it takes 2 hours or 2 days.

I have yet to figure out what people do after they speed through their work. Why is 'now' less important than later? Do we really get to 'later?' or do we miss it as it whirls by?

Friday, May 27, 2011

'Keep It Simple Towels' On loom

O man, my mistakes faded away and I got 'good' at this pattern. I love how they are turning out.
Here's what I have on the loom currently. Notice mistakes in first one and none in last one. Whoopee!
Lots of oops

Getting better

Close to perfect

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brain Research

This post is totally off my usually topic list but I want to share this. In my work-a-day life, I'm a psychotherapist. I am especially fascinated by the discoveries that are coming out of neuro (brain) research and their possible impact on my work, and general mental health concerns.

Here is a brief video that explains a research project that is occurring at MIT. If you or someone you love suffers from depression or other mental health disorders, this kind of research may someday lead to effective treatment.

Sorry it has a commercial preceding the video.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nifty SLR Camera Online

Here's a website where you can practice using an SLR camera. Try it out. Adjust lighting, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and distance settings to see what happens. Try out CameraSim.com

It has helped me understand my SLR camera.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Glimarka Loom Up and Running

I recently purchased a 'new to me' Standard Glimarka loom. It arrive at the house in the midst of a flurry of activity. I have longingly looked at her for weeks, waiting for the chance to get her first warp going.

The time has arrived.

I picked an 8/2 cotton to use with the Interweave pattern "Keep it Simple" dishtowels. The pattern is in the e- book for 4 shaft projects.

I admit I took my time dressing the loom. I want to savor this learning experience. I knew I'd make plenty of mistakes. What's the point of weaving if I'm always in a rush?

I got it set up over a week's time. I messed up the shaft height a couple of times. JoAnn Hall's book, Tying Up the Countermarch Loom was a life saver.

Ain't she perdy?

Here's what the Keep it Simple Towels look like so far. Yep, I'm learning and there are mistakes. Most importantly, I'm having fun. Hopefully, I'll work out the kinks as I weave this pattern.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Doubleweave Workshop

A while back, I attended Jennifer Moore's Doubleweave Workshop that was sponsored by the Triangle Weavers Guild in Chapel Hill, NC. I was fortunate that they allowed me to attend since I am not a member.  What a great bunch! I enjoyed every moment of the workshop. Jennifer is an outstanding teacher. She was patient with people like me who are fairly new to this weaving gig and she knew exactly how to make complex problems have simple solutions. I could also tell that she could challenge those weavers who were experts themselves.
Thank you Triangle Weavers for including me in the workshop. I wish I lived closer so I could join. You have an awesome guild.

Jennifer Moore

Some of Jennifer's work

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Flowers are Beginning to Bloom

This last picture is of my new Sally Holmes Rose climbing bush from Witherspoon Roses in Durham, NC. Isn't it delightful?