Thursday, February 21, 2013

Weaving in 2013

Weaving has been taking up more of my time. I have started teaching some rigid heddle classes at Gosh Yarn It. I really enjoy using rigid heddle looms and often have both my 10 inch Cricket and my 16 inch Harp going at the same time. So, to do some catch up. The hounds tooth pattern was used for the first Weaving Class.
Houndstooth on Loom
I did mine in worsted wt, the black is commercial the variegated is handspun using an 8 dent heddle and very light beat. It washed up to be very soft and drapy.
Houndstooth finished
I had some bulky handspun again from Spunky Eclectic, "Eating Maine" Swaledale.  I wove some fabric with 3 ply Indian Warp I had purchased from the Mannings for a little seat cushion. Something soft between me and metal folding chairs!
Eating Maine project
Off the loom and washed:
cushion fabric washed
The cushion is all made but no photo yet!
Finally got a picture of my spa cloth experiment  - five spa cloths each a little different:
Spa Cloth trials
Oh, here is the first scarf project with the yarn that came with my Cricket!:
First Cricket Project
More weaving to come!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

January round up

My SnoBuddies - loved knitting them over the Christmas/New Years break. These are the three I kept. They really appealed to the doll lover in me. I had to control my urge to knit a wardrobe of hats and scarves  for them!
So, a new year and another chance to do better - not that I don't frequently try but I there are 2 times a year that I feel a stronger urge to be the person I would like to be - January and September. I have started the year moving forward with my goal of not adding to the stash. Not by not buying more yarn or fiber but by using the yarn and fiber as it comes in the door instead of letting it marinate.Silk cloud wrap
First up - knit with some beautiful Silk Cloud, pictured above,  by Shibui purchased from my LYS Gosh Yarn It that went right on the needles for a Horai wrap. I knit that pattern as a scarf for my sister (pictured below) and for my largest SnoBuddy. I loved the pattern and wanted one for me. This yarn is so soft and so alive I couldn't resist.
Leslie's Horai outside
My December Club fiber from Spunky Eclectic got spun up during a Rock Day or Stl Distaff's Day celebration and is on the needles becoming Mukluks, a great pattern to show off handspun, handpainted yarn.
Mukluks finished
Weaving next post!
2013 is going to be a great year!