Thursday, June 11, 2015

Something like a weaver...

The loom has been standing bare and idle for over a week.

I had an idea of what I wanted to do, and it did not involve another simple weave.

While I had some time today, I prepared my warp and dressed the loom.  I used a blue gray fingering weight I had in the stash, and I wanted to use a lovely deep tonally dyed red (Stricken Smitten in Favorite Things) for the weft.

I sleyed the reed, warped the heedles, and used some green MadelineTosh Vintage (Mineral) to test the pattern and began weaving with deep red yarn.

(The pictures are horrible, I know, but short of dragging the loom outside for lovely natural light, I am not sure how to make them better.)


While I loved the gray and red, the pattern did not show up that well, and the waste yarn (MadTosh) revealed the pattern so much better.  Unfortunately, that was all the MadTosh in Mineral I had or I would have just woven the whole thing in it.

There was only one thing to do...cut out the red and look for something else in my stash...


Yes, I literally cut it out, albeit, carefully!


Part of the problem appeared to be using fingering weight weft on fingering weight warp, so I searched my worsted and Aran weight stash. A good contender was Malabrigo Merino in Tuareg. The Malabrigo is single ply and not as shiny as the MadTosh, but because this will hopefully become an infinity cowl (if I have enough yarn!), I thought the single ply would be infinitely more comfortable around the neck.

Despite the poor photos, the Malabrigo appears to show off the pattern as well as the MadTosh.

Wish me luck!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Feeling Special

In early March, my lovely friend Theresa came for a visit. We took her to two of our favorite yarns shops:  Tinsmith's Wife and Lucky Ewe Yarn. At Lucky Ewe, Theresa found some lovely Vice Yarns roving, as well as some of Vice's Blurred Lines.

It was a quick trip for Theresa, and all too soon, she was off to Austin for a work conference.

A few days ago, I received an extraordinary surprise, as Theresa had taken the roving, spun it into yarn, and knitted me a breathtaking shawl:



I fear my photos do it a grave injustice!

Remember, this was roving first:


Which she then spun into yarn before knitting it into a shawl:



She is amazing, no?

The last three photos were stolen from her Ravelry page.

The design is Gwendolyn.

It would appear I am pretty special to have such a wonderful friend!!

Thank you, Theresa!


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Okay, that was fun!



Well, that novelty yarn from the previous post turned into a very quick weave!  Ben from Lucky Ewe Yarns cautioned me against beating the weft too tightly, so I took it easy.  He said his scarf used three skeins of the bulky and thick/thin novelty yarn (Universal Yarns Bamboo Bloom Handpaints), but mine only took one.

The finished project measures 10" wide and 62" long, not including any fringe; however, instead of making it a scarf with twisted ends, I think I am just going to seam the ends into an infinity scarf and wear it doubled as a cowl.  The fabric is soft and somewhat airy.

All said, I could not be more pleased!

Now that the loom is completely barren, I think I shall dig up something more complicated to dress it...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Novelty

Hello from a very wet South Texas!

I know it has been a while since I last posted, but I hope to remedy that in the weeks to come.

First off, my loom has suddenly become available (more on why later).

While visiting my local yarn shop (Lucky Ewe Yarns) a few weeks ago, one of the owners (designer extraordinare Benjamin Matthews) had a very simple woven scarf on display using this crazy novelty yarn from Universal Yarns called Bamboo Bloom Handpaints. To be honest, novelty yarns typically are not my thing, but the thick and thin bulky weight with the explosion of colors in a simple plain woven scarf really got my attention.


So, armed with a stash skein of Civlity Sport (70% merino and 30% mulberry silk) from Elemental Affects in Hibiscus (this yarn was in my swag bag from the Hill Country Retreat I attended in late February), and drove over to Lucky Ewe and asked Ben to tell me how he did the scarf and help me pick out a color to work with the Hibiscus.




This is what we came up with:  Color 313 Kanji (love the name!).  The solid Hibiscus will be the warp and the Kanji will become the weft.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Not a hat


YAY!

I finally finished something other than a Mutant hat!!

The Gloucester Road Cowl and Cardigan combo are next up.  I have had this Madelinetosh Vintage in Celadon for a good while.


I think it looks lovely when paired with the MadTosh Vintage in Nightbloom!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

This really must stop...

Apparently, I am in a serious rut.

There are half a dozen projects on the needles, but even when I begin a new one, there is only one thing I really want to knit...these Mutant hats.  They only take a couple of hours, but the fifth one just fell off my needles last night...


I did not intend to knit another.  In fact, I started the cowl, which goes along with this lovely cardigan:


You can even see it above, in the first picture.  I am six rows from having it done, but instead of completing it, I cast on for another Mutant hat...

In my defense, I just loved the Koigu Kersti I used in this sweater.  I only had two partial skeins left, and I didn't want to waste it.  The only thing I could think of to use it all up was that hat.  So, I did...

As for the cardigan above, instead of using the same colorway for both the cowl and the sweater, I decided to use the same yarn (MadTosh Vintage) in Celadon for the cowl and Nightbloom for the body.



With some stuff coming up in the next few weeks, I really did not want to launch into a big project. That means, essentially, all I feel I can work on are mindless little projects here and there. 

I wonder how many Mutants I can crank out before Monday?

Right after I finish that cowl.

Happy Knitting!





Monday, April 13, 2015

Of knitterly things

The past week or so, I have been in a mindless knitting mood.

There are plenty of projects on the needles, but some require a good bit more attention than others.

So, I did what any self-respecting knitter would do, and cast on something quick, fun, and pretty much mindless:


Yes, this is the fourth Mutant hat I have knit in the last few weeks, but this one is special!  I used some yarn I dyed myself and named Goblin Green a couple of years ago.

I think the Mutant and Goblin Green go well together.

In other news, I decided I really wanted fig trees. There are two behind the head model, a little Celeste, and a rather big Brown Turkey. I understand that figs self-pollinate, but cross-pollinating gives a greater and higher quality yield, which is good, because I like figs!  The Husband has been tasked with planting them... 


The Sea Glass socks are also complete!


Although, I learned several things from this little experiment.

a) I am a very poor knitwear model, particularly when I am also the photographer.  I would have used Peg or Stella, the plastic legs I normally use, but...

b) I underestimated how much the pattern would grow (because I did not swatch!), and the legs were too small to hold the socks up...or rather, the socks were far too big, even for me.

c)  Sport weight is not the best to show off a lace design, as it is too chunky.

While, I kind of knew all of the above, I loved the color and really wanted to knit something unique with the yarn. THAT, I accomplished.


I do like the lace design and I do think it will work well in a sock, just not sport weight.

Now, I am still itching to knit something mindless or try my hand at sewing something fun and different.

My Pinterest Sewing Bug board has seen a lot of action lately.