A Little Chaos

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A Little Chaos‘ is a new film by Alan Rickman, and we had the fun of going to the Scottish premiere – complete with Q & A with the man himself! – last weekend at the Glasgow Film Festival. But it is also quite a good title for my week since then… Unfortunately, our visitors from London brought us the gift of a winter virus, and several days have just completely disappeared.

Before succumbing, I did manage to marshal my weft yarns,

crocus wefts

and even started to weave with them,

weaving crocus

but I am quite a way behind my so-called plan. Oh well. I am now vertical and should be back in the studio tomorrow.

One of the themes of the film concerns the balance of order and chaos in design: if I had any mental faculties at the moment, I might be able to reflect constructively on that…

A Little Chaos” was posted by Cally on 26 Feb 2015 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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In the computer graveyard

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Yesterday I left the Delta looking like this…

sleyed crocus warp

…rather as if it had gone to sleep for a hundred years and the creepers have finally made their slow, creeping way through the castle… But I can assure you it was the scene of much activity less than 24 hours ago. Of course, I should be lashed on and weaving by now, but have instead spent the morning in the computer graveyard resurrecting old machines in search of a crucial piece of evidence relating to the ‘new’ one.

I don’t know whether it is a deliberate policy of the manufacturer, but it is quite devious of the new computer – now nearly a year old – to have repeatedly erased all the emails relating to its purchase, which have been transferred from the old computer no less than three times. Last week’s attempt to recover said emails yet again – from the hard drive which has been the faithful intermediary throughout this relationship – caused the hard drive power cable to explode and blew the fuse to all the IT-connected sockets in the study. Amazingly, no computers (or routers or printers or hard drives) were defenestrated as a result of this incident, though it took me all evening to ascertain that no damage had been done to any of the other equipment and a week to get a new power cable. And the email backup isn’t on the hard drive any more… So in the computer graveyard I sit, surrounded by dusty mice. No creepers here, though. Not yet.

In the computer graveyard” was posted by Cally on 19 Feb 2015 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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All beamed

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I wasn’t sure I would get this finished on Friday, as the day had more in it than I had planned for. But I did finish it, took a picture of it, and promptly forgot all about it!

crocus warp beamed

The weekend was spent on other things – partly admin and partly niece-related fun – but now I am ready for threading.

P.S. The last post had the colours more accurately: the purples are warmer than they appear here.

All beamed” was posted by Cally on 16 Feb 2015 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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Just over half way

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I ration my time spent sectionally warping so that the whole task is spread out over about a week. With 40 two-centimetre sections to fill for this warp, that means 8 sections a day which I do in two sessions of 4 each. Except that the yarn arrived late on Monday so I only managed one group of four, and have been catching up with 9 a day – making 22 so far. 

In the meantime, weaving is progressing on the woolly warp, with experiments in yellow, blue and currently magenta. I can show you the blue, although the pattern is barely visible. The latest photo – of the magenta – is on my phone and I’m beyond synchronising devices, having just blown up an external hard drive. Sigh.

“Just over half way” was posted by Cally on 11 Feb 2015 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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