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Mini Update

So there’s a lot going on in my life right now, and there’s not much time left for updating. But I did manage to get a photo of a close up of the stitchwork of the armwarmers I made with the mohair wool, and that’s what I’m posting now. So here it is!

 

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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Looming Successes.

So it’s been a pretty good period for getting things done if not for my health. The less said about the latter the better, I think. Suffice to say that back pain is quite possibly the worst pain that exists in the world and you all should take care of your backs because when they go, they really go.

First up on the success-o-meter is an infinity scarf I did on the Martha Stewart loom. This is for a friend and the photos are of it unblocked, so keep that in mind. 🙂 I used the denim blue of Rico Design Baby Cotton DK. It was a joy to work with and so soft. The pattern for the infinity scarf is this one by Once Upon a Loom. It was a great pattern and a lot of fun to do.

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Next up is my first piece of finished inkle weave, and now I think I’ve got the hang of it, so I can warp up my inkle loom for something a little better. And with that photo is a few pics of my current WIP, a wrap I’m making using James C. Brett yarn colour 9. For this one, I’m using the blue longest loom in the Knifty Knitter set of looms (I understand it’s not always blue, but it’s the longest one of the long looms), and the stitch pattern I’m doing is this one, also by Once Upon a Loom. The pattern linked there is for a beanie, but the stitch is so pretty, I thought it would come up nicely in a wrap, and I was right. So far, I’m just under halfway, I plan to have a length of two meters, and then I’ll bind off and put on the tassles and block it. Here’s the photo:

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And then, then I shall embark upon the adventure that is the clapotis. Meep! XD

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Mohair No Hair.

I have discovered that mohair is the worst fibre to work with. I won’t be making the same mistake twice, although the colour of the skein I have is just beautiful, so it’s a bit of a shame in that regard. I began working on an infinity scarf using the stitch pattern in the violet carpet shawl pattern because it was pretty–and it is. But with mohair, the yarn kept breaking, unravelling from its spun thread shape, and just was awful. 

 

I did end up winding the skein onto a drumstick that was a gift to me from a drummer friend some years ago. He gave it to me in case I needed to defend myself, and fortunately, that eventually didn’t arise, so it became a yarn holder last weekend. Winding that sucker onto the drumstick took a LONG time, and I’m very glad I had mum to help me. In the end, it looked like a big old woolly candy floss or hotdog on a stick (called dagwood dogs here). I mean, look at it:

 

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So, I finished off the first planned infinity scarf and set it aside. I did stitch up the dropped stitches due to yarn breakage and I suppose it’s okay for me, but it certainly isn’t good enough for a gift, which was the aim of the excercise. So I began again, this time using a James C. Brett yarn, which is a variegated blue-grey and lovely and easy to work with. I’m using my new Martha Stewart loom, which is fabulously versatile, and I’m on row 26 of 50, and it’s coming along very nicely, so I’m pleased. 

I’ve also taught mum four stitches on the knitting loom–the e-wrap, purl, knit and the flat knit. I’m teaching her the u-knit next, and then it’s onto the more complex stitches, but she’s enjoying it and I got her a sock loom, the one by Boye, for her birthday as she wants to loom socks and bedsocks. So that’s good too.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Loom Knit Arm Warmers

I’m quite chuffed. I made a pair of armwarmers, using James C. Brett Marble DK, colour 33, for a friend who is going into hospital as a small get well soon pressie. (I’ve also got her a bottle of relaxation blend essential oil.) Anyway, I looked through what felt like ten million loom patterns and YT vids, and finally settled on a pattern, the Figure 8 Fingerless Gloves pattern by Heather Dellinger. It was refreshingly easy (once I reminded myself how to do the figure 8 stitch), and it took me 2 nights to do a full pair. I tweaked the pattern a little to suit my needs, as the pattern gloves only reach to the wrist and I wanted them to be longer. So I did the figure 8 stitch row count a second time after the u-stitch, then did 5 rows of u-stitch, then bound off. All done. And so here’s a picture, not a great one as I can’t take pictures of my own arm too well, hahaha. 

 

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I’m planning two infinity/moebius/cowl scarfs next, as gifts for two friends for Christmas as they live in very cold parts of the world and having a warm neck is a very good thing when you’re cold! XD And maybe I’ll finish my scarf shawl thing before winter ends here. Fingers crossed. 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Current Project: Wavey Water Shawl.

This is a pattern from Ravelry, a free download for the Knifty Knitter and similar style looms, and can be found here. (There’s another download for it here.)

Now, I find it quite confusing to follow the description of how to do the stitch and it was quite by accident that I figured it out. So, I thought I’d post some pics of how to do the 3 flat stitches without an e-wrap on one peg before moving to the next peg stitch.

 

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One: Flat knit as normal. Working yarn over the peg, above the loop on the peg. Stitch the bottom thread over the flat laid working yarn as normal for the flat knit stitch. Then…

 

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Two: Lay the working yarn over the peg again, this time as if you’re working backwards. Stitch over as normal for a flat knit. Then…

 

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Three: Lay the working yarn over the peg for the third time, as if you’re moving forward once again. Stitch over as usual for a flat knit, then move on to the next peg. Repeat! And that’s it!

So how does it look? Well, here’s a few in progress shots. I’m making a sort of scarf shawl thing, using burgundy wool/acrylic blend and stripes of Malabrigos silk/alpacca/merino blend which is GORGEOUS, but omg, so fine. Never again will I use laceweight.

 

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Overview of the wip on the circular 36 peg loom. I’m doing a flat panel. (Obviously). I cast on using the crochet cast on, without a crochet hook, using the loom hook instead. I think I’m allergic to crochet hooks. (Jk). 

 

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Close up. The Malabrigo is so pretty, seriously. I love it.

 

Castiel, kitty of the lord and scourge of all yarn, thanks you for your time.

 

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Vintage Find!

I’m quite chuffed by this find–while looking around for the Martha Stewart loom kit (don’t judge! LOL!), I stumbled over this. It says it’s from the 1940s and it has the look of the period. While the postage is prohibitive for me to purchase it purely for its interest factor, it might be of interest to one of my readers. 

 

So here it is, the EZEE Knitter

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Adventures in Inkle Looming.

So, it’s cooled down sufficiently that I can start weaving. I’ve been spending more time with the Knifty Knitter, because it’s more compact, admittedly, and figuring out different stitches and the like, but the call of the inkle was strong. First though, a quick look at the first thing I did on the Knifty. It’s not terribly pretty, but it’s neat, which is something, hahahaha.

 

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So that’s the beginning of things. Now, onto the inkle.

 

First time I tried to warp it, I realised I’d made a mistake. Needless to say, I was quite peeved by this, and uttered quite a lot of swear words as I shook my fist at the thing. I did remember to take a photo though, to document my level of fail as a beginning inkler. 

 

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Can you see what I did wrong? It took me a bit to figure it out, even with the help of YouTube vids, etc, but then I realised that, d’oh! I’d heddled the wrong threads. Yeah, clever me. In my defence, my previous weaving adventures have been with tablet weaving, which is a different kettle of yarn altogether.

 

Anyway, today, I finally decided that enough procrastinating was enough, so I sat down and got to work with re-warping. I changed up the whole thing, and I have to say, never have I been so relieved when something worked out as I was when this did! 

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And this is a close up of the weave so far. Nothing special, but this is my first go, so I’m quite pleased with myself. Yeah, it’s the little things.

 

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And there we have it. First post with actual weaving done by me! 

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Latest Yarn Acquisition.

I love this, I really do. It’s lace-weight, 50% baby merino, 50% silk, from the Malabrigo spinners in Uruguay. The colour lot/dye lot is called “Archangel.” It’s so gorgeous. I can’t wait to work with it, although it would be good if I could figure out what I was going to make with it, too! I’ve got 4 x 50g hanks of this awesomely beautiful fibre.

 

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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Handweavers and Spinners Guild of SA Open Day / 50th Birthday.

So, I went, I saw, I chatted, I photographed. And it was a good morning. Here are some photos!

 

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And a photo of the swag I bought: An inkle woven bookmark, and a skein of gorgeous merino/lambswool blend that I think I’ll weave into a lap blanket.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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50 Years of the SA Handspinners and Weavers Guild.

So this year is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the local Handspinners and Weavers Guild. As part of the About Time History Festival, the Guild is having three open days this week and I’ve planned to go on Wednesday. I’m looking forward to it. 

 

More about the event is here

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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