Thursday, November 29, 2012

Funny little rugs

Two of my daughters have asked for rugs. Small, like for a bathroom or tiny kitchen. I wanted to do something with diversified plain weave, as it is a nice sturdy structure. Here is a photo of the very beginning of rug one, on the loom. The yarns are Provence and Sprout, both from Classic Elite. This weave structure calls for a dark heavy warp, plus a light, light weight warp. This is woven with a dark lightweight weft and a light, heavy weight weft. This combination creates solid forms. My weaving looks nothing like what I expected, though I really like it. 22 inches to go. Then I get to try a different pattern and color combo.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Woodland Weaver Woven Shibori Workshop

I had great fun with some of the Woodland Weavers a few weekends ago. We met in a fire station. Spent the morning weaving on rigid heddle looms, with supplemental Shibori wefts. They served a delicious lunch. It had been so long since I had sloppy joes, I couldn't quite remember how to eat them. I managed though, and greatly enjoyed it.
In the afternoon we began pulling threads and dying the samples. There were some challenging moments. I found holes in the bottom of my steamer pot. No worries, one of the weavers has brought an extra, just in case. Then we blew a fuse and the water stopped heating. Again, no worries. One of the weavers found the fuse box and we were back in business. See, weavers are like that. Prepared for anything.
Here are just a few pictures of the samples they made. Aren't they pretty?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Put some hemp on that baby!

My trip to Santa Fe have me lots of train, plane, and bar knitting time. Enough to just about finish this cute little baby sweater: Elegant Empire from Lana Knits. I used the yarn "Hempton" a blend of 30% hemp, 30% modal, and 40% cotton. Made in Italy. It comes in some beautiful colors, this one is called cypress. As I was working with this yarn I noticed the luxurious feel and drape. Now I really want a summer sweater for myself made from this yarn. This baby sweater took two and a half balls for the 6 month size. At a cost of 7.25 per ball, that is a pretty reasonable cost for a baby sweater. You could machine wash and dry this sturdy yarn, but why would you ever do that to a hand knit? Nice to know that if the recipient ever does toss it in the machine, it will survive!