>There’s something about a good cup of tea…

>Recently when our kitchen sink died, we looked at options for a different style of faucet. The new sink had 4 holes available two for the hot and cold taps, one for the faucet and one for a sprayer. However, the faucet I liked had a single tap, a faucet and the sprayer leaving space for a soap container or something else. We opted for something else – a hot water dispenser.

The lucky thing is our RevereWare teakettle died a few days after we put in the new sink. So instead of putting on the kettle and waiting for the whistle to blow, I now turn the tap and get boiling water. Somehow it isn’t the same experience. With the kettle there was a ritual. I would change the water and put it on the stove. Then I would select the tea – usually a citrus blend or a green with ginseng and get out the honey or artificial sweetener.
There’s anticipation in putting the kettle on and waiting. Now with the hot water dispenser, I put the teabag in the cup and turn the tap. The anticipation is gone. I still enjoy the tea yet it’s missing something. I think it’s the anticipation.
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>The latest weaving finish…

>This is the twill sampler from my weaving class. It’s 26 x 8 without counting the fringe. The patterns on it are pretty cool and making the picture web sized took out a lot of the detail.

>I spent my birthday money…

>I spent my birthday money. Most of it went to Three Wishes. To let you know what is in the picture – The blue cone is a chenille of some sort. The other cone is a variegated lavender thread that has 22 wpi (wrap per inch) and isn’t very strong so I figure I’ll have to go at least 4 ply to use it. The dark skeins are a wool/silk/bamboo wrap with sequins in it from SWTC, the variegated is Tabali from Chile, the two spools are carpet weight yarn for me to play with and the latest issue of Handwoven which I got so I can decide if I want to subscribe.

The book in the corner is a present to me off eBay. It’s Hand Weaving patterns from Finland by Helvi Pyysalo and Viivi Merisalo. I’m using one of the patterns from it for my final project from class.
Oh, that reminds me – my weaving class is also my birthday present. There’s a reason I only take one new class every couple years. After all, I don’t have hobbies, I have obsessions.

>And the state of the ponies…

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I didn’t get very far on Winter….

Fall didn’t even get put up on the stand this month…

Ditto for Spring…

So this is as far as I’ve gone on Summer….

So, you’re asking yourselves – what did she do this month…
I finished the Red Thread Sampler – It was Finish it February after all…
And I discovered a new hobby obsession…
This is my first woven piece… see for my birthday I signed up for a weaving class and they loaned me this…

A Nice little Four Shaft/Harness table loom and the whole reason I took the class was so I could use this…

The really nice Varpapuu Eight Harness loom I won at the fiber fair about 4 years ago and didn’t know how to use. Now I can use it, I just need to find Cones of nice fibers.