This is what I woke up to this morning...
absolute breathtaking winter beauty!
Freshly fallen snow...
about 5 inches.
Makes the world look magical.
Sunlight streams through snow tinged branches...
Once the sun hits those branches, the snow will drop to the ground.
It was great to be out early and see the magic at its best!
Everyone was out to greet us... eager for their breakfast and their morning treats.
The sheep were encrusted with snow,
but with their thick fleeces don't even feel it.
The garden is asleep beneath it's wintry blanket...
Everyone, except for the chickens, turkeys, and guineas seems to enjoy the fresh snow.
The birds prefer to remain inside where it is warm and dry.
After chores, I spent a few hours working on a weaving project.
I finished warping the loom.
And evened out the warp.
All I needed now was to fill my shuttles with the yarn that I would use for the weft.
I filled the shuttles with the yarn as I unwound a skein of alpaca fiber.
The shuttle is used to work the weft between the layers of warp.
The weft is the yarn that is perpendicular to the warp.
The warp is passed through the rigid heddle reed which is placed in one of two
different positions, depending upon which way you are feeding the shuttle.
Changing the position of the reed changes the positions of the top and bottom warp,
so that you are able to weave the shuttle between the two.
The reed is then used to push down the yarn that you have just woven so that it rests tightly
next to the previously woven yarn. In the above photo...the red yarn is waste yarn, that is just used to even out the warp.
I am using a combination of silk and alpaca for this project.
Of course, I had company...
who was less than impressed... especially because I wouldn't let her play with my yarn.
Note the scowling face.