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Another finished item and inkle stuffs!

Another finished project. Yay!

The armwarmers were done using this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shelly-fingerless-mitts–loom and with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Sportweight, colourway 115 Blue Mist.

I made these for my good friend, Rian, and I’ll be making her a matching scarf as well, but after I do something else that needs to be done. Phew!

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In other news, my dear friend Claire, to whom I gave the mini-inkle loom, did her first piece on it, and it came out really well. Take a look at the photo below–not too shabby eh? Pretty awesome!

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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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New Toy!

New Toy!

At the Handspinners and Weavers Guild meeting on Saturday, I got myself a new toy–a new inkle loom. It needs a bit of TLC, but oh, it’s going to be awesome.

I also got some new yarn, because I am weak-willed when it comes to lovely yarn!

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2014 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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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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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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Inkle Loom Out of the Box.

So, I braved the heat and went into the guest room (seriously, you guys, it’s so hot here. Day ten of the heatwave from hell, and I’m over it.) and unpacked the box that had my loom. It took a while, because there was a LOT of tape to cut through. Clearly I am not the only one who uses mega tape to secure things securely! XD 

 

Anyhoodle, I got it open and pulled out the loom. It doesn’t look like the shape of inkles that I’m used to seeing, but I sort of got the idea and then read the instructions for the heddle and that helped a bit too. I need to see if my Google-Fu will work and find something about this particular make of Inkle Loom. I’d never heard of Penelope brand – I thought it was the LeClerc “Penelope” loom, but now I’ve seen it, it’s really, really not.

 

In any case, here it is. The loom, out of the box! (And instruction sheet.)

 

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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Summer, Writing, Weaving.

It has been HOT here. Hot and humid, and I’ve felt like I’m drowning in my own sweat, which is no fun. Yes, I have an airconditioner, a portable R2D2 type unit, and I’ve been using the dehumidifer setting a lot. Which means lots of buckets of warm water that’s been drawn out of the air. In short, revolting.

I don’t mind the heat, but it’s the humidity that does me in. Subsequently, I’ve been sick, too, although one of the later instances was due to shitty food from a formerly reasonable restaurant. Adelaide peeps, avoid Cafe Michael 2 on Rundle Street like the plague… because the food is likely to give you the plague. And also taste like cat food. Gross.

In between melting and being sick, I’ve been lining up guest blog posts for the forthcoming release of the Aussie anthology, which is awesome and you all should go preorder it now. This is the page for the full anthology and lower down, there’s a section called ‘We also recommend,’ where you can buy the individual ebook novellas if you’d rather do that. Mine is called “The Body on the Beach.”

I also did the happy yay contracted novel dance, because the labour of love that is “City of Jade” has been contracted by Dreamspinner Press and will be out mid-year. I am excite, oh yes. And I finished book 4 of my Archangel Chronicles, phew. Now I’m working on book 5. I’ve also been doing some beta’ing, so it’s not like I haven’t been keeping busy in between my impersonations of a melting pile of goo.

Another thing I’m really excited about is weaving. Back in the reenactor day, I did a lot of tablet weaving. I loved it, and I wish I knew where my tablet loom is now. Oh well. In any case, in my desire to get back into weaving in between writing, editing, reading, guest blogging and sleep, I decided to buy a new loom. So I bought a kumihimo loom. Then a rectangular knitting loom. And yesterday, the piece de resistance, an inkle loom. This is the loom I have been dreaming of for years, so there was much rejoicing. C and other Aussie knitters and weavers, you must check out the shop I got this from. They also have yarn and spinning supplies and the couple who own it are just awesome, seriously. I plug because I love. Virginia Farm Woolwork is the name, and they’re in NSW. And if anyone is on Ravelry, friend me over there! I’m here.

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This is not my loom, but it is an inkle loom, and it is awesome. Yes.

My holy grail of looms, though, is the Size 4 Spears Weaving Loom. It was sold in the 50s and 60s as a toy, but it’s a damn awesome and nifty lap loom, and I’m hoping to be able to score one off Ebay one of these days. Though if anyone knows someone who wants to sell a size 4 and doesn’t mind shipping to Australia, I’d love to know!

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And that’s been about the size of things here. TV (Spartacus, Supernatural, Primeval, all the cooking shows), weaving stuffs, writing, reading, editing, guest blog posts, sleep. Phew!

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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