By Tanya

This is a site to catelog, track and share all the various projects I create. It is intended to share and log successes and failures of my various craft projects. Soon you will see Handmade Cards, Knitting projects, Scrapbook pages, and Quilting projects, to name a few.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Spinning and Weaving

It's been very busy around here with not much time to blog. Now that I have a few minutes there is so much to share I don't know where to start.

For all projects check out my Ravelry account because I've just updated it (finally).

I'll start by showing off some fun spinning I've done lately.

Here is the BFL I spun at the retreat which has been navajo plied. I mistakenly referred to it as Polworth in my previous post because I forgot that it was Blue Faced Leicester that Heidi just started carrying in the shop.

When I got home from the retreat I immediately started spinning the Wensleydale that CJ bought me and then used a technique I learned at the retreat to add in tuffs of mohair locks. It didn't turn out perfect but it's definitely a fun yarn.

And here is some some merino fibre that I purchased from All Spun Up on Etsy spun into a 2 ply chunk/bulky yarn. It is very smooshy.

I made this Bounce hat but I'm not happy with it so I'm frogging it and making a scarf with the yarn. The hat ribbing is just not tight enough and doesn't fit well. I had intended this yarn for a scarf for Troy any way so it's only the yarn gods reminding me of that.

Last weekend I finally warped the loom again. It had been too long. I had some cotton and baby yarn that had been given to me (a garbage bag full) so I warped for a baby blanket. I used the entire width of the loom, 32", and warped it about 50" long with the cotton. It was just Bernat 1lb ball of cotton Handicraft. Then I used the fancier yarn for the warp. They matched very well but in hindsight I should have put in a contrast color for some pazazz once in a while. It's very pastel which I guess is good for a sleeping baby.



I still need to finish tying the ends and then wash it to set the yarns better. It turned out a lot shorter than I planned but that is due to me warping it backwards and then having to switch everything. I lost some of the warp when I did this. I have now marked my loom so I do not make that mistake again! I also realized while doing this project that I really need a loom stand. It is a bit tiresome and ackward to manipulate this size loom on the table and my lap. It is not impossible but just not as comfortable as I would like. If I had a stand I'd probably weave much more often as I'd have the loom warped all the time. As it is now I warp it only when I feel I can finish the project in a day or two so that the loom is not on my dining room table for too long. Maybe Santa reads my blog :)


At Sunday, November 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great solution for your "unexpected" yarn. Sometimes having the yarn and having to come up with a use for it brings out a person's creativity.


At Sunday, November 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about your santa but mine said that if I wanted something, I should buy it myself (or be prepared to wait many many christmases before he figures out what I want even though I feel I'm pretty direct in my suggestions).

Good luck anyways :)

At Sunday, November 16, 2008, Blogger deirdre said...

Your handspun is absolutely gorgeous! And I'm looking into the same sort of thing for my Santa - maybe if we submit a group order or something? Strength in numbers and all...

At Monday, December 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last blog is Nov 16. It's now dec 15. Enough complaining about being busy: if you have time to go to "mondaine" activities like restaurants with knitting friends, you have time to blog. No pity allowed :)

Hope you're surviving the last knitting stretch before the holidays.



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