Dug dug dug out the loom, at least temporarily. Two of the three scarves are done. Okay, all three were actually woven this weekend, but one of them turned out so badly I cannot give it as a gift. Talk about sleazy weaving! Between the cotton warp and bamboo weft, something went very wrong. Nothing shrank and tightened up as I thought it should, and the thing is just too fragile to consider wearing. Certainly not going to give such a failure as a gift.
The two that did work:
Very bright and stripey
I warned you that they were bright.
Pink and Black: Weft = bamboo knitting yarn. Warp = pink bamboo/cotton knitting yarn, black SugarRush sugarcane sock yarn.
Red and Orange: Weft = Manos wool/silk blend in red. Warp = Random 100 percent wool in solid orange (very similar to Manos, sorry already threw away the tag) and Manos del Uruguay Maxima 100 percent wool.
Apparently, some folks do not recommend weaving with Manos as the warp. As I am not a good weaver, it is not a problem for me. I have to weave the entire scarf in one day in order to get the beat to match. This means the warp is only under tension for 3-4 hours total, which the 100 percent wool Manos can handle if treated gently.
Recent audiobook: More About Paddington by Michael Bond, performed by Stephen Fry
Current audiobook: Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, performed by Sophie Thompson from the films Emma and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
“Why do you always complicate things that are really quite simple?” – Mary Poppins
For those of you (us) that actually think shopping for wool in 100 degree heat is fun.
Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl
Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming
Yarn Along the Rockies
General Colorado Yarn Shop Crawl
Oh to have a spare few hundred dollars and space for more yarn.
“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” – Mae West
I’ve been using the amazing new Icelandic pattern book to knit wrist warmers for the upcoming sale. Two more sets done, one more set just started on the needles. I cannot believe the sheer number of amazing patterns in this book!
Icelandic book wins again
I’ve also been continuing the yarn reclaiming and weaving it into new things. Up first a set of large dish towels, formerly known as an unattractive cotton sweater. Bill Cosby has a lot to answer for when it comes to men’s sweaters for the past 20 years.
I’ve also finished two silk and cashmere scarves, 100% silk for the warp and 100% cashmere for the weft. The silk provides a nice, solid warp for the softer upcycled yarn that I wouldn’t trust in a warp.
Quick tips on weaving with reclaimed yarn:
1) Remember that the yarn has already shrunk once. That means you need to sett and weave things a little tighter in order to get a solid weave. Think twill.
2) I’ve found I need to pull it a little tighter in the weft that usual – just to make sure the ramen parts are all stretched out before I beat things into place.
Even with all the upcycling, I still cannot resist new yarn. Found this alpaca/silk blend at Showers of Flowers.
Yes, even more yarn
Daemon by Suarez, to make all the sys admins out there happy.
Ready Player One by Cline. A must read for anyone who was a teen in the 80s. It’s a moral imperative. (If you recognize that phrase, you are required to listen to this audiobook. For extra geek points, the audiobook is performed by Wil Wheaton.)
“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” – Frank Capra
Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins is having their 19th Birthday sale tomorrow (Saturday). If you are anywhere nearby (within a two hour drive or so), stop by. I haven’t found a nicer group of yarn ladies anywhere!
Big yarn and fabric sale at Tangle online as well. Check out all the lovely sale items here, including some Sugar Rush – yarn made out of sugar cane.
This weekend is the big sidewalk sale at Recycled Lamb in Lakewood, Colorado. Isn’t that just one of the best names for a yarn shop ever?
News is, literally hundreds of pounds of yarn have arrived in the shop this week, so there is plenty to choose from. If you’re in the area, run past and start shopping for your fall/winter crafting. They’re closed Monday for Labor Day, but they are open Sunday, September 4th from 12:30 – 4:00.
Gypsy Wools (Boulder) is having their sidewalk sale this week!
Friday July 15 10-6
Saturday July 16 10-5
Hand-dyed, hand-painted fibers, many from locally-raised critters. If you are in the area, check them out. If not, be sure to visit their website.
“Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Six weeks in and some great advice from Stephenie Collin of Warped Art & Design. Just need to learn to pace myself, practice treadling at an even pace to the audiobooks, and relax.
All the ladies in the spinning class were great and Maggie Casey of Shuttles proved once again why she’s the master teacher. She’s gentle, funny and wicked-witty, and brimming with historical info about weaving in myth and history. You can find out for yourself how great she is if you invest in her new DVD Start Spinning from Interweave.
I won’t say that the resulting yarn is fabulous, but it is yarn which is what counts. Not ready to invest in a spinning wheel yet, even though I’ve been haunting online trading sites just in case. Please note: The gorgeous blue/green is dyed (but not-yet-spun) fiber.
“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never-so-little scar.” – William James
I’ve posted before about the great, quick online service from Tangle yarn shop in Grand Junction, Colorado. News from Allison at Tangle today is they have tons of lovely yarns in the online clearance bin. Get yourself some deals today before everything sells out, especially all that lovely Dive Autonno wool. I really like how Autonno knits up into something completely unexpected.
“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” – Thomas A. Edison
Tonight I start a three week class on Fair Isle knitting. One pattern, eight colors of wool, and size 2 needles. 2. Maybe if I stop knitting everything else on my list of projects I’ll be able to finish this in three class sessions. I chose a fairly subdued color palette and ended up having to trade out one more gray for the brighter pink you see here.
Eight colors of yarn!
I’ll keep you posted as to the progress and whether or not my brain ends up being able to handle this new-to-me knitting style. I really like the look of Fair Isle knitting so I’m hoping I’ll be able to learn how to make these things for myself.
“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Abraham Lincoln