Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Project Bags

I am sick of keeping my knitting projects in ziplock bags! They are fine for storing yarn in a climate controlled home to prevent moths from getting into expensive wool yarn, but I decided it was time to have some nice bags for separate projects. I couldn't find a pattern so I made my own bags in two sizes: 5"x 10"x 12" and 5"x 15" x 12". I mitered the corners for a boxy base and used nylon cords for drawstring closures. The bags are lined with satin type fabric and have a wrist strap for carrying. I used a light weight fusible interfacing to give the bags some shape.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Portable Weaving

This post is in response to an email I had asking about the inkle loom in this post: New Inkle Loom.
The person who emailed me asked if the 15" would be good for a beginner and if a light weight loom like this would be sturdy enough.

The 30" loom that I got fits nicely on my folding table, making it great to take with me for demonstrations and meetings with a monthly spinning/weaving group. It sells for $99.00, the smaller 15" loom sells for $60.00. I prefer being able to wind a 4 yard warp on the larger loom compared to a 2 yard warp on the smaller loom. If you are just starting out with inkle or card weaving and don't want to spend more money for the larger loom the 15" loom will probably be fine.

As for how sturdy the 30" loom is: I easily clamped it down to my folding table. I can use two 2 1/2" C-clamps to keep it in place, with a couple of pieces of thin leather to keep from marring the wood. The photos below show one clamp in place....the other clamp is evading me at the moment. I can sit comfortably in my adjustable office chair to weave and the whole setup doesn't take up much room. When I am not using the loom it can sit on top of a bookcase that I use for storage in my studio. The table sits beside my recliner for my laptop when I am not using it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More Fishknits Goodness

I really had not intended to buy more yarn...was just checking out the Fishknits Etsy shop and noticed a couple, well four actually, skeins of yarn that I just couldn't live without.

Chartreuse & Purple Garden: Superwash Boot Strap BFL 3 color Intentional Flash Sock Yarn

 Erin : Superwash Panache 3 color Intentional Flash Sock Yarn


 Jurassic Park: Kettle Dyed Superwash Serenity fingering

 Spilled Milk Number 7: Superwash Divine MCN Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn


Interpolate 2

I loved knitting Interpolate but was not happy with my efforts of carrying the yarn up the side of the shawl: not loose enough, caused binding when I blocked it. Also, my gauge was a bit off and the shawl is not as large as I had hoped. So....

here I go again! I was stash diving and found a couple of skeins each of Araucania and Malabrigo sock yarn and thought there was enough contrast for a nice shawl. So far so good. I cast on with a 4 mm needle this time and plan on doing an extra repeat in each pattern section to make sure my shawl is a generous size.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Inkle Loom

I recently purchased an inkle loom that I will use for tablet weaving. I found it on Etsy at The Weiner Dog Ranch.. It is very well made, lovely wood grain, and I look forward to warping it up for weaving soon. I am thinking about ordering some of the wooden tablets from the same company and maybe a shuttle as well.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I am nearly finished with a shawl I started last month, Interpolate, by WPKnits. Cindy, aka WPKnits on Ravelry, has designed several lovely shawls that are available individually or as part of an e-book format. This is my first time to knit one of her patterns and I have a couple more in my knitting queue. Interpolate looks intimidating but it is very easy both to read and to knit. Anyone who loves shawls would enjoy this pattern. I am nearly ready to start the border of the shawl and hope to be finished tomorrow. This photo was taken as I started the last half repeat of the main pattern just before the border section.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sport Weight Ripply Slouch

I just finished a version of Ripply Slouch in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport in six colors and I am very pleased with the result. It needs to be wet finished, but I couldn't wait to take a photo.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Yarn, Yarn, Lovely Fishknits Yarn!

I received my latest order from Fishknits Yarn today which was actually three orders combined. I had put in a special order for two skeins of Pink Sock Gradient for another Slouchy Hat and Cupido Cowl combo. Then I saw 4 skeins of yarn in the shop and ordered those. And before Jo Dee had time to ship any of that I found 3 more skeins in the shop that I wanted. And all of that loveliness arrived today!

 Pink Sock Gradient, Bootstrap Base, 80% BFL Wool,
20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms

                                                 Doug, Self-Striping, Strong Heart Base,
                               80% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms

                                                Aquas, Self-Striping, Strong Heart Base,
                                      80% Superwash Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms

Early Bloom, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/100 gms

                                             Lucas Kelly, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
                                        100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/ 100 gms

                                          Morning Glories, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
                                         100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/100 gms

                                   Mint Chocolate, Intentional Flash, Strong Heart Base,
                              80% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100gms

                                                  Cacao, Full Gradient, Serenity Base, 
                                          70% Merino Wool/30% Silk, 440 yds/ 100 gms