November already?

Again I find myself thinking……where has the time gone?  It seems like you miss a day here or there and the next thing you know it’s months later.  But that’s a good thing in some ways, a sign of a full life possibly?  Okay, that’s what I’m telling myself as I realize how long it’s been since I’ve updated here.


So many things have happened since my last post, mostly all good, We finished that bathroom remodel that took forever, and then I started playing catch up, then summer came and I spent as much time as possible in the sunshine.  It’s now fall and after a crazy October, life is settling in.  But instead of trying to catch up on the last several months, I’m just going to forge ahead with what’s going on now.  (You can catch up by following me on Instagram @jwsodypop if you’re curious).

Currently I’m bouncing back and forth between the office, customer quilting, making quilts for the family, and learning to weave.  I say learning to weave because I don’t believe I’ll ever have fully learned everything that can be taught about weaving, it’s a journey, just like quilting.

No pictures to show of customer quilts at this time, I have several in the lineup for overall quilting this month, but do have spaces open for quilts to be done before Christmas if you’re interested.

The weaving I can show, right now I have two projects going.  I’ve got a sampler in progress on the Leclerc Medico, a small 22″ wide 4 shaft table loom.  I’m using a cotton warp and a laceweight Alpaca variegated yarn for the weft.  This is to hang in the weaving room as a reference for what different patterns look like woven and whether or not I need to do a floating selvedge with a particular pattern (some need it, some don’t).

Sampler in cotton and alpaca


And I’ve finished some trial kitchen towels using Peaches and Cream as my warp.  It makes a nice soft, fluffy, absorbent towel, but does need care in handling on the loom as it tends to stretch. This is my favorite one now that it’s off the loom.


On the Leclerc Artistat floor loom, I’ve started a shawl.  I’m using a silk/merino blend for the warp, with a tencel floating selvedge.  So far I’ve used two different merino yarns in the weft, with a tabby tencel spacer between them.  I know, foreign language to some of  you, but the weavers out there will understand.  I’m working this at 28″ wide for an end width after wet finishing of 25″ (hopefully).


In the studio, I’ve been trying to sew, but I have three distractions  now:

Oscar (on the right) and Sasha (on the left) came to live with us and Casey (center) a couple months ago as kittens from the shelter.  You can imagine what type of kitten-proofing needed to be done, and is currently still being upgraded, as these little ones have grown and gained skills!  They keep me laughing and have integrated well into the family.  Last week the final hold-out on getting along, Ciarra and Sasha, came to terms with each other.  We now have a modicum of peace in this house.

And in spite of that, I’m making progress on my daughter’s quilt.  It’s been slow progress on this one, and has stalled progress on the other family quilts, but that’s another story for another day.  Not a bad story, just a challenging one, all my fault!  But finally the rows are going together and I’m back on track (I hope!).

The chickens are once again molting, the angora rabbits are enjoying the cooler temperatures we’ve had lately, and the dogs are settling down as they get older. So that’s an update for the beginning of November and I hope not to wait too long before I have another update to give.  Oh and this long time “right hand thrower” has learned continental knitting….. a game changer for me…… I guess I do have another update for another day!

I need a name!

So, if you follow me on Facebook, you’ve already seen this.  But if you aren’t on Facebook, let me introduce you to the newest member of the household:


Isn’t she precious!!!!!   She (yes, a little girl), was found a few night’s back in the neighbor’s wood stack crying.  And the next day the neighbor, who knew I wanted a cat, asked me if I wanted a kitten.  Now, while my DH (dear husband) didn’t really want a cat again due to asthma concerns.  I knew I did, and truly believe it’s not the cat I have an issue with, but the dust that was created when we had our last cat in the semi with us and the litter box in there as well.  So, I said yes, I’d either take “it” as it hadn’t been captured yet, or take it and find it a permanent home.  I lent the neighbor my live trap and the next day she called to let me know they had caught the kitten.


Of course I was leaving for a guild event and wouldn’t be able to pick “her” (as she thought it was a female) up until that evening.  Then events conspired so that I didn’t get her until this morning.  Well, it took all of 10 seconds for her to start purring when I picked her up and my heart to melt!  Totally and completely MELT!!!!!  She’s so soft and loveable!


I called the vet and made an appointment for her to have a checkup and estimate how old she is for this afternoon, then got out the only thing I could transport her in to the vets, one of my rabbit transport cages!

She’s so tiny!   She almost looked lost in there!  And yes, she has a quilt, one that was languishing on the shelves and had been there for many years.  Did I mention she’s tiny?  she weighs 2lbs, 4 oz!  that’s it!  Less than 3 pounds!  The vet believes her to be between 6-8 weeks old and probably a dump.  Sigh…..don’t get me started on that issue!


I really expected her to be frightened at the vets, but she amazed me.  She laid in my lap and started playing with her tail:


So now she needs a name.  I have a few in mind, but am going to wait until DH sees her (and inevitably falls in love with her because she’s just too adorable to resist!) and then we’ll come up with a name for her.  But, in the meantime, I’m taking any and all suggestions!

And yes, she has found her forever home!  Surprise, surprise…… we all know I’m a big softie when it comes to animals!