I knit when I can’t weave

 

One of my early knitting projects was a shawl, knitted in a “feather and fan” pattern, using unspun Icelandic pencil roving. That was early into my weaving career, yes, I said weaving. How did we get from knitting to weaving? In my story they are pretty closely related. [Read more…]

Handmade Gifts for the Holidays

Handmade holiday gifts are something the friends and families of every weaver (and knitter and spinner and felter and..) know about and treasure. We may be planning all year, but come crunch time, many of us are hunkered down in our studios, listening to the rhythmic and hypnotic sounds of our looms in action.

The list of what we weave is exhaustive and the ideas endless. Give two weavers the same draft (pattern) and two unique creations will emerge. The variation in color and type of yarn only begins the uniqueness that every weaver brings to her (or his) finished product. Holiday weaving seems to enhance this already magical creativity.

If you are not a weaver yourself, don’t leave yet. I have some ideas for you further on. In the meantime, keep reading. [Read more…]

Weave Fail

Weave Fail is a term coined by my friend and fellow hand weaver Gail Gondek Reremember all the threads, alias Ms. Thimble. We met through the Jockey Hollow Weavers several years ago, and have taken workshops together and have had fun in and out of weaver’s guild meetings and workshops. She even invited me to present at http://www.nyhandweavers.org , where she is also a member. [Read more…]

Teddy Bear in Handspun Yarn

I have a grand-niece. Of course, that means my sister is a GRANDMOTHER. My younger sister. Well, both of my sisters are younger, and I have no children, so I’ll just be a grand-aunt. Great-aunt? Well I am a great aunt, just ask my nieces and nephews. [Read more…]

I should be weaving

but I’m knitting instead. I am into my second year of stash busting: no new yarn or fiber just for the heck of it or because it’s pretty or because…..I can purchase yarn or equipment or an accessory ONLY and I mean ONLY if I need to finish a project that I am making from the stash. [Read more…]

What’s happening at the “tree”

As easy as blogs are to keep up with, I” haven’t been. I haven’t been doing much fiber-y in the last month or two, trying to focus on building my coaching business. That’s been tough, since I love being a therapist, addictions counselor and a coach, but I hate marketing, so the word isn’t getting out how I can help. Did I say I HATE marketing?????? [Read more…]

I knit socks…

because I can.  That’s what I told my sister when she asked me why I knit socks. It’s not that she doesn’t appreciate creativity, she’s a phenomenal scrapbooker.  Socks are my “take with” project, since I can’t always schelp my loom or drag in and set up a spinning wheel.  Socks are also a good way for me to learn new techniques, like, say…uhm…short row heels and toes.

I have finished the Nutkins socks with short row heels and toes. I am sure I have done much more unknitting than knitting in this project.  They aren’t perfect, but I am quite please with them. Yup, keeping them! 

I sought feedback from some master knitter friends, and both were very nice about my small, even gaps; but gaps they are.  The rather large hole on the right sock in the brown stripe is actually part of the pattern; note to self, be aware pf tension while knitting.  I will have to have one or both of them show me their techniques for managing the gaps while doing short row heels and toes,  just in case I might want to try them again. Ha-ha!

I am in my second year of stashbusting knitting yarn, weaving yarn and spinning fiber.  So I perused the remaining stash of sock yarn. Looks like there isn’t too much left:  seems to be enough fine sock yarn for one or two pairs, maybe a pair of Dobby socks, and a sock knitting blank that still needs to be dyed. If I have withdrawal from knitting socks, I think I have some superwash merino wool that can be spun up and dyed.

BUT, since my new Baby Wolf loom arrived, my time at home will be spent stretching my weaving muscles! Yippee!

short row success!

I was beginning to despair, but victory is finally mine!  This is the test run, in scrap yarn, but I feel confident enough to finally try it with the sock. Who knows, it may even be successful enough for the socks to be a gift! 

NJ has finally had enough rain that the ground has become so saturated that the water is finding it’s way into my basement. So far, towels have been keeping it in check, it hasn’t gotten near the looms. The one storage closet that is damp will survive, as all the items in it are safely in plastic containers. Since I had seepage during the summer, the lowest boxes in the closets are raised off the floor. I can deal with a little water, and am grateful it’s just a large puddle, not completely submerged.

Watching Kelly’s Heros now, what a riot. A very young Clint Eastwood is always fun and Donald Sutherland as Oddball just has me rolling on the floor.  Somehow, I’ve never seen the whole movie.  Shhhh, don’t spoil the ending!

Short row heels and me…NOT good together!

nutkins legs sans heels

  

Still messing with the short row heels, and have frogged it for the fourth, or is it the 5th time?????  I think I’ll put the sock so far on stitch holders and knit the other leg with I decide how to deal with my heel dilemma. Jeeez, I thought turning a heel and picking up a heel flap were hard. Yes, weaver, not knitter. So, I wonder if the knitmeter folks would be willing to add a widget to show how many yards I’ve UNKNIT this month??       

Still not feeling well, I surrender. I am going to the Dr. tomorrow. Achy joints and muscles, fatigue and muscles weakness, earache and swollen lymph nodes in the neck just can’t be good. And I thought the worst of it was over.  

I am still putting the Lillstina rug loom in order. The warp is ready, but I needed a few more quick links and eye bolts. At least when I sell it, after I weave off the remaining 10 or so yards, it will be working great! Not bad for a loom on undisclosed age, probably built in the 1970’s, and which had not so great care before I adopted it.  And I haven’t put much into it until recently, because it was ridiculously difficult to weave on.  

Thought a bunny pic is in order, this is Sigmund getting ready for his haircut, and Loki deciding if he is a friend or dinner. 

  

One bunny groomed 5 to go….

Busy few weeks

Journey Wheel

It’s been a busy few weeks, at least until Thursday. Poor me, I spent most of the day sleeping. That is, when I wasn’t in the bathroom with violent bouts of vomiting, or, well, you know, I”ll spare you the details. I managed to drag my aching body to the chiropractor on Friday, ate a grilled cheese sandwich (the ultimate comfort food) that stayed down, and tried to drink as much water as I could without getting nauseous. Lovely.  Today was better, and I got out to the store for Gatorade and ginger-ale, which are settling much better than plain water. The tummy is settling down as well, finally.  The pulled muscles seemed to have settled down, and I am a little weak and wobbly, but mostly upright.  

The bunnies were very patient, as they were not fed at all on Thursday. I did manage to let the dog out a few times, and he got some food, although he would have been very patient also. He laid either at the side of the bed or across the foot of the bed for most of the first 24 hours, and even refrained from his favorite wrestling game which usually greets my eyes opening in the morning. He’s a good egg; not my beloved Merlin, but Loki has managed to work his way into my heart, in is clumsy, hound dog way.  

I thought I would treat myself to a little knitting today, calm, easy. Right. Since I am stashbusting, I dug up some sock patterns I downloaded, and decided to try the Nutkin sock pattern  from Knitzi  http://www.knitzi.com/ again. Tried it a few years ago, and it was WAAAYYYY about my skill level. Been working on it for about 3 weeks, and the leg has come out nicely. Well, aren’t I proud of myself. I just ripped back the short row heel, for the second time this week.  Ok, so it’s still a bit above my skill level. Also above my skill level is to change the heel to another type of heel. I may have to figure it out, because this one is just not working. I finally figured out the yarnovers and the k3tog and SSSP’s, but I am using up the stitches on one end way quicker than the other. Operator error, I know, but I’m just a bit teechy today, and not willing to deal with it. I did find a video on You-tube showing a short row heel with no yarn-overs. I’ll watch it again, and cite it and celebrate it if it works. Credit where credit is due. 🙂  

Baby Wolf

Louet David

With the equipment in it’s new homes, I was able to order my first brand new loom! My dream loom has been an 8-shaft Baby Wolf, with a few bells and whistles, and she’s on her way here; ship date is March 19.  My dear web friend (is that what you call a pen pal these days?) Talia Sommer opened International Fleeces http://www.internationalfleeces.com/ . I know her primarily as a spinner and knitter, and the list-mom for “Productive Spinners” on Yahoo. Over the years, she has shared her journey with list members, and I have  followed her through good times and some very scary times. I felt that I knew her, and liked her, enough to corrospond outside of the list.  I know she is a Schacht dealer, and was able to work out the deal for my Baby Wolf. Thanks Talia, hug, hug!