We’ve Moved

I’ll put out more info later about how to follow the blog, but the new posts are on my new website. The previous posts are still here–all ten years!! But I’ll be adding them to the new site eventually. I’m leaving for Texas in the morning so no more now than this annoucement. Partly because Rusty wants to write a blog post before I quit tonight. His blog is still here for the moment.


 

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Christmas, 2018

What a relief to have the lead-up to “the holidays” over. When you’re in a business that counts on sales during one month and those sales are dependent on 1. how many things you are able to make, and 2. how well you market your business, the pace becomes more and more frenetic. So Christmas Day for me was a relief. Work was over. The house was clean (as clean as it gets) and fixed up (after we’ve lived here for almost twenty years and finally replaced floors and some windows.) We had pretty Christmas lights outside. The weather was beautiful. The food was easy to prepare (don’t peel potatoes this year and see how it goes–it went fine). Best of all family was here (except missing the TX branch).

Here are snapshot photos of the day.IMG_1484Matt brought his drone.DJI_0025The sheep have been in the barn and corral area for the last month because the pasture is soggy and I’m waiting for the grass to get some growth, but I set up the fence to let them out onto part of it for the day.PANO0003-2The drone gives us a great view of the property. There is a video taken with the drone on my website.

DSC_5531We opened gifts. I bought Dan a series of used books that are by author Stan Lynde. Our last name is unusual and we had found a book by this author on our most recent road trip. Dan got about half way into it and found that pages 140-180 were repeated and 180 to 120 were missing. When I looked into replacing the book I found that the author was dead, his publishing company no longer existed, and that there were about 7 or 8 books in the series. So I hunted them all down and wrapped up the Stan Lynde books for Dan Lynde.IMG_1455Dan made DIL, Meryl, a marker for her parking spot to reflect her new job as an Orange Theory coach. IMG_1477My daughter sent us all aprons embellished by the grandkids. IMG_1456Time for getting dinner in the oven. Chris, mac and cheese lover that he is, has become a cream sauce expert.DJI_0051While dinner was cooking we went out for another drone session…DJI_0038…and a family photo. IMG_1497Dinner on the table.IMG_1501We may have started a new tradition with a game from Santa. It’s a card game based on the old computer game, The Oregon Trail, that my kids loved to play years ago. IMG_1503You can play with up to six players so we created teams so that all 11 of us could play. We may study the rules between now and the next time we play. Our wagon team eventually all died–there may be better strategy than we used. IMG_1511After pies (pumpkin and apple) we moved onto a game my niece has on her phone. IMG_1518Trying to get my brother to guess Valley Girl.IMG_1514A lively time was had by all.DSC_5516And to all a good night.

#856

I was looking in Lightroom for a photo of ewe # 8056 and I typed in 856 by mistake. I saw a selection of photos that were fun to review. Here they are.

IMG_0856This is etched into the barn floor after one of our concrete pours. Papa-San was my father-in-law. Dave is my brother. IMG_3856 And speaking of writing on the floor, this was taken Across the Road, not as permanent as the concrete etching except in my photos.IMG_8562My oldest son side job is climbing trees to remove branches or, as in this case, to remove a tree that should no longer be where it is.DSC_3856Sunflowers.IMG_8569Wedge weave rug at Convergence in Reno last summer. DSC_0856Hiking in Arches National Park.DSC_0856-2Hiking on the PawPaw Trail in Maryland last spring.DSC_3856-2Taken from our road trip in September on our way back from Washington.18056 Quartz-headThe photo I was searching for when I mistakenly typed  856? This is ewe lamb 8056, Meridian Quartz, a 6-horn ewe lamb. People talk about Jacob sheep having six horns but I’ve never seen one that has room for six really distinct big horns.

Woven Goods

It’s the season for selling when you’re in the business of making. Now I seem to spend extra time taking photos and then trying to keep track if the items are at The Artery or here, listed on the my website or on the Fibershed Marketplace site . Ideally there were would be three batches–some at the Artery and not on the website, some here and just on my website, and some here and just on the Fibershed site. The goal would be to have everything sold by Christmas and to not double-sell anything…but those lines are crossing. I have to be vigilante. Here are a few examples of what I’ve been weaving.

DSC_4954Chenille scarf using clasped weft.Shawl 1065-2-1Local yarns dyed with coreopsis and dahlia flowers.Shawl-1059-3-1More local yarns dyed with mushroom and black walnut.Ponchos 1067This is the stack of ponchos that I finished in early November just before the Fibershed Wool Symposium.IMG_1021 This is how the loom looks from where I sit.IMG_1027 The rainbow colors are a result of a prism that hangs in the window behind me. After my mom died a friend gave me the prism and said that it was to remind me of my mom. And it does, as it reminds me of the friend, Sylvia.IMG_1023Coreopsis dyed yarn.IMG_0308The computer that holds the “brains” of the loom. This loom does not weave without me doing everything (for those people who think that having a computer hooked up means I’m not really weaving). It only keeps track of the pattern that I have put in.IMG_1028This is what that pattern looks like. It will be completely different after fulling.IMG_0307A look down through the warp threads to the cloth below.IMG_0305OOPS! I think I have this in an earlier photo and I haven’t told the story yet of what I did about it. That will still come.Poncho 1067-1Some of the finished ponchos.DSC_4987

DSC_5076Poncho 1067-4-3Talk about a versatile garment. I have grown to love the poncho. It’s really just a blanket with a hole in the middle for your head. Whether you’re at the computer late at night (gee, does that ever happen?), in the car, or trying to stay warm while reading in bed it’s an easy garment to throw on. And it also makes you look young and pretty! Just look at those photos! (Disclaimer–that’s really not me.)

Texas Trip Revisited, Family

The last blog post about my September trip to Texas was mostly my favorite flower photos. Here are my favorite family photos.DSC_4088Kasen was about 21 months.DSC_4093

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DSC_4098Kirby is was four and a little bit.DSC_4099I think that I would have loved to have a trampoline when I was a kid.DSC_4102

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DSC_4153We visited the pumpkin patch to choose pumpkins and try to get a family portrait.DSC_4197First, a chicken picture.DSC_4160

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DSC_4182I don’t think it was possible to get everyone looking in the same direction at the same time. But a beautiful family nevertheless.

Woven Goods

I’ve been neglecting my blog. All my computer time has been spent at other things–mostly trying to stay caught up with email, working on my website, and trying to organize and edit photos for items listed on the Fibershed Marketplace and on my website (each of which need differently formatted photos). I’m also trying to figure out the best way to keep track of what is listed where and which items go to the Artery. I really don’t want to take the chance on selling something on the website and find out that I already sold it at the Artery.

The website is up now and, although I haven’t listed a lot of products yet, I’m happy with it. I hope you’ll explore it a bit. I’ve worked most at getting some weaving classes scheduled for January-March and in getting handwoven items listed.

Here are some of the items that I have listed. Don’t judge my photos.  I struggle with trying to get decent product shots.

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Shawl 1065-1I didn’t list this one because right now I can’t find it. That may mean it is at the Artery. Or did I sell it? This is what I mean be trying to keep track. I’m not doing very well with that.

DSC_5035My niece was nice enough to model for me at Thanksgiving.DSC_5106

V-Shawl 1069-2 Photobombing brother.DSC_5243  These are yarns from Lunatic Fringe and all appear in the latest scarf I wove. Hopefully I’ll get to that blog before too long.

 

Never Mind

Maybe you have wondered where the blog has been. (Or maybe not, except for a very few of you.) November was tough because I had so many commitments and deadlines. I meant to blog about all of them but just didn’t have time. IMG_0984I wanted to write about the weekend in Santa Barbara where I presented the Guild program and then taught a Jacob wool class.DSC_4931I have stories about the weaving I was working on. This one is clasped weft. (With three yarns in each pick it took FOREVER.)DSC_5019I have more clasped weft stories, but based on chenille.Blanket-878-3Overriding the last half of the month was the Camp Fire, a terribly destructive fire. Even though were not affected here (other than the unhealthy smoke levels) I couldn’t help but think about it most of the time. This fire was destructive on such a massive scale that the population in Butte County still needs help from volunteers. This photo is one of four pieces that I donated to California Fire Help, an artisan-run website to raise funds for the fire victims.IMG_0305While I was trying to squeeze all the weaving that should have happened throughout the year into a month I ran into this problem at the end of a 21 yard warp. Fortunately the other 18 yards were just fine and produced 10 ponchos. I was going to write a blog post about what I did about this.Yarn_TR-18-xI also finished up my dyeing for the season and put together bundles of yarns for sale. I have lots of pretty flower and yarn photos to share on the blog.Weaving samples-8 epiI continued to help new weaver’s problem solve even if it was by sharing photos via email. (This one is before and after washing.)DSC_5044Thanksgiving came along the day before the big show (for me) of the season, the Crocker Holiday Artisan Market. I took some of my pieces to my brother’s house so that I could photograph them with a professional model who happens to be my niece. Now I’m self-conscious about using these photos because my niece works with real photographers and I want to do her justice. DSC_5190My brother also helped model. He demonstrated how wool dryer balls could be used for juggling.

The big thing that I was going to announce with this blog post is that over all this time for the last six weeks I’ve been working on a new website to replace the old one. It went LIVE today. I was going to share the link and add links to all of these photos because having outside links to your website is supposed to help with SEO. But NEVER MIND. It was up there an hour ago but when I started this blog post the link http://www.meridianjacobs.com went back to the old site. I have no idea why. Maybe the wind blew the big pointer in the sky back to pointing to the old website. So I’ll have to try again. Hopefully it will be there tomorrow.