Category Archives: Crafts

Looks like a blue week

I finished all the earth-toned warps and still in keeping with using up stashed yarns, went shopping in the bins in the laundry room for both of these projects. On the Flip, we have a wide scarf in “Shawl in a ball” in Healing Teal, and on the big Jack, a rug from black carpet warp with Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick in the Lakeside Stripes colorway. It looks like the water in one of Monet’s water lilies paintings.  As much as I love the look of the earthy, “Imagine” warp, I don’t know if I’ll do that again. It was a tough project to weave.

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I like both these projects, so that makes it fun work. I’ve got the big loom working better than it was before, I rotated the hooks on shaft four and fiddled with the brake on the warp beam, and he/she seems happier too. You can see from the pic of the warping board that this is a short one, it’s just 105″ long. It is 28″ wide, and I planned it, with some shrinkage, to work as a runner or on a yoga mat as an extra cushion. We’ll see how that goes. So far the most dramatic result of the experiment has been the pain. Yes, either because of using the warping board on the couch and/or then thinking that since it was a short warp, I could get it on in a day, I have done something awful to my back and have had pain all through my hip to my foot. So that has kept me on naproxen, some Chinese salve I found in a drawer, and a heating pad for the last two days and is limiting me to work on the Flip loom. Don’t worry, I have a plan for next time. I’ll either use the reel or properly hang the warping board. I just wanted to try an idea I had about using the Homespun.

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Weaving up a storm

I keep sharing pictures to Instagram and forgetting to put them here! Here is a bit of what I’ve been up to! The runner is wool sock yarn warp and various wools, acrylic, rayon and lurex wefts. The rosepath scarf is cotton warp with cotton weft. I’ll show a pic of it finished once it is pressed.

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New Studio

New Studio
Here is a pic mid-move,  pardon the piles, from L to R, Baby Wolf the New Jack loom, on the Left side of the fire-place Ashford Traveller and on the right a Bosworth Journey Wheel.

I’ve been away but I have a very good excuse, I’ve been moving. Not moving far, just moving upstairs. One thing we’ve learned having a small house and living in it for over 20 years now is that we keep re-purposing rooms. It is how we avoid outgrowing the house I guess. This move started when Nathan’s mom, Eileen, asked if I would like to have her loom. She and her husband are selling their house and downsizing. I’ve turned down loom-offers before but this time as soon as Scott texted me her offer I had the feeling this was a loom I wanted. Now squeezing another loom, especially another, bigger floor loom into the studio downstairs means getting rid of the desk, the couch or possibly the bathroom…

I’ve thought about changing the living room around for a long time and almost bought a couch the other month but I just couldn’t do it and I finally figured out it was because I was trying to figure out a way to fit a loom upstairs. I haven’t been weaving much recently and that keeps me from being as happy as I could be and it’s because I don’t have much time to spend downstairs in the studio during the day and not enough light in the evening. However I do have time to weave a little every day if I had a loom more conveniently located upstairs where I work all day. Meanwhile Scott is insulating the den with stacks of cigar boxes and has two friends coming to kick me out of the studio over the Summer so when I suggested moving my stuff out and giving him the studio he jumped at the opportunity.

We drove the truck over to Port Gamble on Saturday to meet the loom. We disassembled it and I took the small pictures to be able to put it together again when we got home. The big side pieces just fit into the Tacoma with blankets between them and the center jack or shed-lifting mechanism is one piece that actually lifts out of the frame.  It is elegantly designed with sliding wood slats in dowel frames that require minimal hardware. The larger picture is reassembled that evening in the living room. Isn’t the light great? It went back together easily. I still have a lot to do moving the rest of my yarn and jewelry-making supplies out of the studio and moving the rest of Scott’s cigar boxes downstairs but I could not be more grateful!

The 2016 LYS Tour

We’re counting down to the 2016 LYS Tour: Five days of fiber fun, May 18 – 22, 2016. Puget Sound, Washington. Click the sheep to see the cool countdown timer counting the days.

LYS is an acronym for Local Yarn Store and each store on the map will have items on sale and a free pattern. There are also prizes for filling your passport with stamps from all the stores but I never get to all of them.

Here’s the map for this year:

Read more at the Source: The 2016 LYS Tour

There is a Knitting Reality Show in Denmark. No, honestly!

Isn’t this too funny? There is something to be said about people who can get worked up about knitting. And I especially love the dramatic music. Enjoy!

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Freshly Baked… Bolos

Actually, I made these a while ago but I’ve been remiss about posting, and I am sorry. They are a variety of jasper cabochons set in polymer clay. Most of these have been sold or grabbed by Scott but just email me if you are interested in anything similar. Anyway, I hope you like them, I think they are so cool…

Beading tales 2

blackberry

Sheesh, It only took me twenty-two restarts  to figure out  why most of the patterns call for stripes. It is because the stripes keep us from dropping from five beads per round to four or three… I then re-threaded the iridescent purple beads alternating with black to make stripes and the whole thing went better.  By better I mean it only took about eleven more partial rip-backs to keep it going.

Some tips:

1. remember to pick at least 2 colors or you’ll have a hard time keeping your rows straight.

2. don’t even attempt this without the jig from Studio Dax

3. crochet loosely, or as loosely as you can when you are learning something new and concentrating so hard.  It took me a looong time to loosen up sufficiently since I tend to crochet tightly anyway.

4. feel free to post any questions in the comments, I’ll try to help.