Monday, November 3, 2014

Thanks and a table runner

Thank you for all your lovely comments about Old MacDonald and his John Deere tractor.  I have to admit the tractor is looking a bit worse for the wear right now, but Old MacDonald simply won't let his Mother take all the decorations off of it yet.   Little by little it is falling apart, so little by little I am taking them off.  If something falls off Little Buddy will say, "Oh No!" with a bit of distress in his voice.

We have had a nice cool weekend, the perfect way to start November, although I stayed in all weekend and did not get to experience it.  I am feeling better, but just tried my hardest to stay in and rest.  Now rest means putting Halloween away, taking Thanksgiving out, cleaning, changing sheets on all the beds, doing laundry and catching up on emails and blog reading.....but I did make myself take a nap on Saturday!

I also had a finish.  I actually made myself get my loom out and finish the table runner for my SIL.  It seems like I started it ages ago.  She arrived here yesterday for her six months in Florida and I thought I had better get it off the loom and ready to give to her.  I think she really liked it and was touched I made it for her.  Here have a peek.

It is a little shorter in length then I wanted but it will still be perfect for her table which is square. 


This picture is actually pretty true to color.  The table runner was made from approximately 475 yards of Berroco Boboli Lace in the color Bon Bon or #4312.   I loved how it turned out.


And because I can't leave my loom empty, and of course I was supposed to be resting, I got it all prepared to make another project.

This will be my first time using two yarns at a time, and my first time using cotton yarn with my loom.  I was thinking two nice tea towels and a few flowered dishcloths might be a nice present for my friend Lynda for Christmas.  As she has just downsized and has gotten rid of so many things I want to make her something she will use.  I will have to see how they turn out before I decide if they are good enough to give away.  I can already tell that the cotton is not as smooth to use as wool, but it should be durable, just what you need in the kitchen to wipe your hands on.

Wish me luck.

41 comments:

Home Meadows said...

Your table runner is beautiful and your new project on the loom looks very pretty so far. Hope you are feeling better and are able to get some rest in with all the housework. Have a nice Monday, Heather

Hedy King said...

The table runner was lovely and I'm struck by the pink and white on your loom! I enjoy your blog so much, thanks for sharing.

Géraldine B. said...

I hope you'll be better soon... And good luck !!!! have a lovely day !

linda said...

How lovely, what a great idea to make towels, your friend will love them, I can't wait to see how they turn out. I love the table runner it's beautiful a lovely blend of colours. Glad your feeling better Meredith, take it easy all that housework can wait, just saying the dreaded word makes me feel ill! :) xx

Christina said...

The table runner is beautiful, I love the colours. Well done! I used to have a loom when I was little but I don't know where it is. I have a friend who is a tapestry weaver, she makes amazing things on her loom, portraits for example (http://emmajowebster.com/). I am glad you got a bit of a rest, sometimes life is a bit overwhelming, particularly when you have a bug. Cxx

Vera said...

Hope you are feeling better Meredith! Your table runner is GORGEOUS!!! I'm interested to see how your towels turn out. I don't think my friend has used cotton yet either...just wool on her loom.

Teresa said...

The table runner is beautiful! I bet she loves it.

Stins said...

You have done so well Meredith, it's so beautiful!
And what a fantastic present you are making....
Love from Mirjam.

Acorn to Oak said...

That's so cute how he loves his "tractor" so much that he wants to keep it that way.

The table runner turned out great! That's a wonderful gift!

I love the colors on your new project/towels. I'm excited to see how they turn out. Happy weaving!

Maureen said...

Your weaving is beautiful! There are some very lucky ladies getting wonderful presents!

CJ said...

Fantastic table runner, your SIL will love it, and the pink and white tea towels are going to be lovely. Far too nice to use! I love the idea of taking six months in Florida, I think I shall take six months in Florida too, it's cold here and windy and raining. Put the kettle on I'm coming in. CJ xx

Jo said...

The table runner colours are gorgeous. I always cast on a knitting project straight after a finished garment otherwise I lose the momentum so I can totally understand the loom obsession. Jo x

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The table runner is gorgeous! I love the pink and white you've chosen for the next project. I'm so glad Little Buddy had a great time with his 'tractor'!!
hugs,
Linda

mamasmercantile said...

I will certainly wish you luck with your new project but I don't think you will need it the table runner is exquisite, a real delight. Take things easy and get yourself well.

Pammy Sue said...

The table runner looks gorgeous in that yarn. That loom (and you) really does a nice job. It looks like it would be difficult to me.

Babajeza said...

Your projects are very tempting. There is a loom in my attic .... Hugs to you! Regula

Angel Jem said...

What a lovely craft to be able to do! I can't imagine the patience you need....

Amy at love made my home said...

I am glad that you are starting to feel better and that you too some time for yourself. The runner for your SIL is very nice indeed, I really like the colours. I hope that you enjoy your new weaving, it looks great so far! xx

Ljubinka said...

Beautiful table runner!!!
Take care,have a nice week.:*

ellen said...

Your sister-in-law is going to just love that table runner. What a lucky woman. The colors are so gem-like. I can well imagine that weaving with cotton will be a bit tricky at first, but I know you will do a great job with it.
Now, should you require some hints on how to curb that cleaning, housekeeping urge that grabs you, rest assured that I can steer you in the right direction. I am an expert at turning a blind eye (oh, how appropriate at this time, ellen!) and have many fail proof hints to give you. After living with a man for many, many years who has no trace of a compulsive streak in his body, I have learned to let many things go and have acquired an arsenal of very successful avoidance behavior skills.
xo Ellen.

elns said...

The runner is gorgeous. I am excited to see your new towels. Good luck!

kathy b said...

Meredith so glad you got a nap in. LOVE the blue table runner finish. WOWzA

Judy S. said...

Sounds like you're feeling a bit better, Mere. Glad to hear it. Love that tablerunner and Boboli yarn. Your new tea towels are going to be really pretty, too. What pattern are you using for the flowered dishcloths? I just finished my first "Almost Lost" and love it! Fun pattern.

Betsy said...

I can only imagine how much your SIL is going to love and treasure that runner. Amazing work Meredith. The new one looks as though it will be a treasure also.

Poor Old MacDonald. It's hard to be a toddler and expected yo just enjoy the fun of pretend one day a year. miss Piper is wearing her Doc costume, (jammies), to bed tonight again. Yes, we have washed them. :-).

Try to take some time to take care of yourself dear Meredith. If you don't, how will you be able to continue to take such good care of those you love?
Blessings,
Betsy

Teresa Kasner said...

What a wonderful treasure, a handwoven cotton hand towel! And the runner is fabulous, my dear! You are a treasure of a friend to give those to others.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Dee said...

What a pretty table runner. Love the mix of colors.

The pink and white towel is going to be lovely. It reminds me of linen towels that I used to have.

I can't wait to see how that looks when it is done. The plaid is so pretty.

My Garden Diaries said...

Glad you are feeling better lady!!! And that runner is gorgeous! Handmade gifts are just the absolute best! You take care friend!!! Nicole xo

Béatrice Kempf said...

It's a wonderful table -runner!! love from France

Helen said...

Hi Meredith I've just seen Old MacDonald, what a cutie! Great costume idea :) Hope you're feeling better soon, the table runner is lovely! x

Gillian said...

The table runner is beautiful - really rich colours. I'm sure the cotton will work up well too.

Lynne said...

Hi Meredith! I had to catch up on your posts, and it looks like I missed a lot of action!
Little Buddy's costume and tractor was brilliant :) I hope your feeling better, I had that same illness, and I swear it took a month to go away completely. I love your new loom project! Have a great week,
Lynne

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

I wish you luck, but really don't think you need it, the runner is gorgeous, bet your SIL is thrilled x

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

I love it that you have a loom. Its such a cool thing to have! I thought we hadn't seen a lot of your sis-in-law' table runner! It is beautiful, I adore the colours:) Loving the colours of the cotton too, and I'm sure whatever you make will be FAR too nice to wipe one's hands on!
Jillxo

Linda Powell said...

I am quite intrigued by your loom work Meredith, I would think it is quite a relaxing past time to weave the threads.
I love the table runner, it's so pretty and looks great against the wood of the table.
I was quite surprised that it was under 500 yards of yarn, I would've expected it to take more than that.

xx

Ingrid K. said...

Hi again!
I love your table runner, the colours are so beautiful and it looks wonderful!!!

Well done!!!

Good luck with your next project!

Ingrid xx
http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

Gracie Saylor said...

Meredith! I so admire you and your creativity. You inspire me to grow in my ability to love others. Blessings to you and yours, always. xx

Mrs. Micawber said...

Gosh, every time you've posted a photo of that lovely table runner I want to run right out and buy a skein of that Boboli. (What a great name too!) The colour distribution is perfect for weaving.

So glad you're feeling better! And the pink-and-white project looks very fresh and pretty. :)

Jen Vandervoort said...

First, Old Macdonald is a absolute darling, what a cutie!!!

Hope that he had a wonderful Halloween.

And your table runner is adorable...she will cherish it forever, what a great gift.

Jen

Kate Mossy said...

My son is home schooled and just learned how flax is turned into linen. I admire the entire looming process. This is such a lovely project.

Carla from The River said...

Fun, I really like the colors.
I think it would be fun to watch you work at the loom.

Toni said...

The table runner turned out so well! She's going to love it!