In yesterday’s blog, I told you that Miss Terry was back to her weaving looms after a long hiatus following her implant surgery. I mentioned that she had a couple of projects on the loom that she wanted to finish off before starting something new, and that’s how she spent her day yesterday.
And here are two of the shawls she finished. I may be prejudiced since she lives with me, but I think they’re pretty darn cool.
This view shows little more of the pattern, I think.
And this one shows the color and the sheen. I wish I had half of her talents.
Terry still has more of the same warp on the loom and tells me she will be turning out one, and possibly two more shawls, or a shawl and a table runner with what is left on it, before she starts something new.
People have asked me many times if Terry takes orders for anything, and someone asked me that again yesterday after reading the blog. No, she doesn’t want that kind of pressure. She weaves for the love it, and just about everything she makes is given away as a gift.
A couple of times, she has given a rough estimate of the cost she would have to charge for one of her shawls, and the conversation ends there. Most people don’t want to pay what it would cost to custom make something for them.
She uses only the best yarns in her projects, and they are not cheap. Besides the cost of the materials, many, many hours go into completing one of these. A typical project like you see here takes at least 24 to 32 working hours, plus the time for design and layout per shawl. Terry said she knows that there are people who turn out things much faster than she does, but again, this is a hobby, not a business for her. But if you are ever fortunate enough to be blessed with one of her shawls or scarves, I think you will say the same thing everyone else has who has received one – they consider them priceless.
As for me, yesterday was another good writing day. By the time I knocked off somewhere around 7:30 yesterday evening, I had a little over 10,000 more words in my new Big Lake book. If I don’t have a heart attack, get hit by an asteroid, or eaten by an alligator or something crazy like that, I will definitely have it done and in the proofing process by the end of the month.
I would love to jump right back into it this morning, but we’re going to run out to the Volusia County Fairgrounds first, and see if we can get the Covid-19 antibody test I wrote about in yesterday’s blog. I hope we can get in this time and that it won’t be another wasted trip.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audio book of undone, the first book in my buddy Jason Deas’ new Burt Bigsley mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Way too many of my stories end with “And that’s why I’m not allowed to go back there anymore.”?