I am so lucky to have my daughter and three friends visit me at Camp Adirondack. They are experiencing it at its best, despite the fact it’s still black fly season and the pine pollen is falling in clouds. They’ve hiked locally and afar. We went for a sail on a blustery day, played board games and of course have explored arts and crafts. Now they’ve crossed the border and have headed to Montreal.
In anticipation of their visit, I invested in a //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=islandnorcoul-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B002EDNZD0&asins=B002EDNZD0&linkId=&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true” target=”_blank”>Harrisville Designs Pro Loom and a couple of bags of 10″ loops. The larger version is an improvement (in my humble opinion) over the original 7″ design. I never could have imagined the fun they would have with it or how competitive they would be – hoarding loops and judging the finished products. In a couple of days, on their own, they have explored color work, texture, twill and sett. It’s amazing. It may have allowed them to appreciate the thought that goes into even the simplest project. Plus they have a useful reminder of their time in the North Country.
I also played with some yarn necklaces before they got here because there were a few – and why not celebrate them all – birthday celebrations. We saw a version of this in a craft store in West Virginia and it looked easy to replicate. I bought a little jewelry making kit and practiced bending and twisting wire. I think the wrappings are smooth enough and hopefully won’t gouge anyone.
One morning, during breakfast, my neighbor pulled up in his tractor to tell me there was a fawn next door. We must have walked by it the previous afternoon and had no idea it was there. We returned with cameras and found this beautiful little fawn lying in the grass. We gave it a wide berth and I used my zoom lens to capture its image.
Their weaving enthusiasm inspired me to complete a scarf, which had been languishing on my rigid heddle loom since December. Now the loom vacuum is begging for another project.
Over the past couple of days I have scored a Louet Drum Carder and Brother Serger. So much experimenting to do.