I Didn’t Mean To Be Gone So Long

Kept thinking “I’ll do a blog post today” and then getting distracted. Today I’m finally doing it.

First off, we had a fabulous vacation. I put pictures up on IG (as lpahdoco) and on FB if you’d like to see them. We liked it enough we’ve booked Antigua for February of 2018.

I have done lots of fiber work since the last post though. The funnest one was a Gimmiemas present out of the Oh Ess Ewe color from The Yarn Mama.

And a little closer view.

It’s stockinette not icord but it’s so narrow it behaves the same way. It’s done with intarsia (normally a big UGH for me) but because there were so few twists it wasn’t so bad.

I finished my first weaving project on the Baby Wolf, and I really like how it came out.

I was concerned with breaking warp threads, but they all held up through the entire process. It would have been better with a little wider sett, but it still finished up nicely. I’ve figured out what my next project will be, but I haven’t had a chance to do the math and warp it up yet.

Another Gimmiemas present was a hat. The recipient asked if I could make him one a few months ago, and it seemed like a good thing to take on for the season.

It’s a brioche pattern I’ve used before and was a really quick knit. I did not give Thomas away with the hat. I also almost really screwed up. The orange and white scarf I did was out of superwash yarn, and I was thinking this one was too. Nope. It survived the washer and dryer slightly fulled and still fit the recipient, so no big harm done. I did warn him if he did anything besides a hand wash in cold water the thing was toast though.

Of course I’d knit him another one, he’s a knitworthy sort of person.

Got another test knit on the needles. Almost done with the first sock, then I’ll go back to the other test and finish it up.

Finished up a spinning project. It’s 50 silk/50 Targhee from Huckleberry Knits, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Plied, pre-soak.

And the finished yarn.

I finished one other project too, but don’t seem to have a picture. It was another pair of socks for a gift.

Next time I won’t be so long between posts. Happy New Year!

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It’s Actually Working

I’ve finished two of the Gimmiemas presents, except for washing/blocking/whatever you want to call it.

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They’re both about seven feet long. I’m really pleased with how the selvedge (I’ve seen it on dictionary sites as selvedge and selvage – I’m going with selvedge) looks on the orange and white one. Especially considering it’s my first stab at changing colors every other pick.

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Once I got the scarf off, I flipped the loom to the back and put in the pegs that turn it into a warping board. Then I put on a three yard warp of some yarn that’s been in stash for a long, long time.

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The yarn is one from Fiesta that’s a rayon boucle and a mohair. It’s made to be knit together, but I decided to split them and use the rayon as warp and the mohair as weft in a scarf. The first project on the birthday present I bought for myself.

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That’s an 8-shaft Schacht Baby Wolf loom. I haven’t decided if I’m going to buy a bench or an office chair yet, so for now I’m using one of the dining room chairs.

Once I actually started threading the heddles and then the reed, I was afraid this project would be a huge failure. I really thought about just taking the warp off and either trashing it or moving it on to the rigid heddle loom. As you can see, the boucle loops are really a snug fit for the reed.

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Plus the yarn has to slide through the holes in the heddles as you raise and lower them. I was thinking there was no way I wasn’t going to be popping those suckers left and right. But I kept going, just taking it slow and really paying attention to what I was doing.

And it works beautifully.

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The actual weaving goes delightfully fast. It took forever to get the project warped, but that was because of my choice of a really slippery yarn and the bleeping little loops.

Right now it’s folded up and in it’s temporary home instead of in the middle of the living room floor where it’s been the last couple of days.

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It’s certainly not quiet with the empty heddles rattling around every time I change the shed. I could take off all the heddles I don’t use for a given project, but I’m not going to. What I am doing is working on clearing space in the yarn room so I can turn it into a studio. I’m by no means getting rid of all my yarn, but pretty much anything bigger than DK is probably going. Well, the Malabrigo will stay. And probably a couple of cottons I use for gifts of baby blankets that can be tossed in the washer and dryer. I’ve mailed off thousands of yards of wool and mostly wool yarn the last couple of weeks, but the charity I’ve been donating to only uses wool. Much of what’s left is cotton, man made, or blends. I’m looking for a charity for it and know one local one that will take the machine washable stuff. I’m open to suggestions if you know a worthy cause that could use it.

Early Wednesday morning we’re headed off on our 120th Birthday trip to St Lucia. Mom gets to take care of all the kids while we’re gone, and she leaves on a cruise just as we get back home. I’m really, really looking forward to the trip.

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I Keep Saying I’m Not Going To Do It Again

And then I do.

A woven Gimmiemas present in progress.

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A knitted Gimmiemas gift in progress.

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A little closer look – I love this one-row scarf pattern.

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There’s more to come on that front. But I have done some more work on stuff for me too. Like the lovely snood.

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And a little more work on the charity scarf.

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I’ve been doing some work in the yarn room in an effort to free up space. I’m wanting to turn it into a sort of studio. It will still involve lots of storage, but I want space to use equipment.

SO – if you know a charity that would be interested in yarn donations, please let me know. I’m getting rid of much of what I have that’s over about a DK weight, because I probably won’t ever knit it. Lots of it is pretty good stuff, some of it isn’t. Most is different fiber blends, and far more is labeled as hand wash than as machine washable. I’ve got a great place to donate the wool and blends down to 80% already.

Or if there’s something in my stash you lust after (sorry, lusting for yarn is NOT dirty in any way shape or form) send me a Rav PM linking to it and we’ll see if we can work something out.

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Fun Spin!

I finished the CVM finally.

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Plied it, and washed it up.

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And I love the bouncy, sproingy result!

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Really haven’t been doing a whole lot of knitting. But when I have been, I often have help.

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That chihuahua is NOT bashful, I don’t know what she was playing at.

It’s a brioche scarf for charity.

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I’ve been doing a whole lot of reading lately, and went through a Craftsy class. You’re just going to have to wait to see what it was about. Hopefully I can show you Thanksgiving weekend, or maybe a little bit later than that. Not even a hint.

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Two Finished

I went to the dentist last week (6 month checkup, everything was good thankyouverymuch) and took along my Happy New Year socks to work on while I waited. When I pulled my shoe off in the waiting room to see if it was time to start the toe I realized how very close to done they were. So yesterday morning I finished them up – took all of about 30 minutes.

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I’ve been knitting on my test knit, and on the LCK KAL. Here’s the one I can show you a picture of.

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And today I finished the woven scarf I started last week.

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It’s not quite finished yet because I haven’t washed it.

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I’d like to get another scarf or two done before I take them up to the group.

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