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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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2013 Gumeracha Medieval Fair.

The fair was this weekend, and I went up with Minnie. Originally, it was going to be us, Shane and Jazz, but Shane had a sports final and Jazz was ill, so it ended up being only the two of us. That was okay though, it was a good opportunity to catch up with Min. We drove up the winding roads of doom to Gumeracha from the city (Adelaide), and it was really a beautiful day. The hills were green and when we got to the township, it was quite chilly. The sun got rid of that quick smart, though!

 

We ambled around the fairgrounds and had a good yarn to lots of people – I had a nice chat with the people at the NVG Handakas camp, and then with the falconry people. I HELD A PEREGRINE FALCON. Seriously the highlight of my day. Such beautiful birds. We also watched the jousting, which was great. Gorgeous horses, talented riders, great armour, awesome. 

 

Overall, it was a lovely day out, though there were a few bad moments – there wasn’t a lot of seating, which was a problem. There also wasn’t enough food vendors, so there were queues for miles, which was frustrating. And I stumbled on uneven ground on the way back to merchant’s alley from the jousting field, and subsequently all my weight went *smash* onto my bad wrist. Of course. It’s always the bad wrist. Sigh. Hurt like hell, I have to say and continued to do so for several days. 

 

Other than that, it was a lovely day. We stopped at a church fete on the way back home and that was good too. I got a bracelet and a wheat heat bag there. 

 

So now a few photos. 🙂

 

ImageNVG Ladoga camp, please note the freshly dyed spun wool. YAY for spinning and dying!

 

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ImageNVG Handakas camp. The Trebuchet was awesome.

 

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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