Friday, November 30, 2012

Still Knitting

I've had this shawl on my needles forever.  I am slowly making progress and knitting on it here and there.  It is the Summer Flies pattern which is free on Ravelry.  I'm mixing up repeats to account for the change in yarn.  The yarn is found glass in my painterly sock yarn base.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Wheel Out

I sold a wheel today.  The pretty Saffron wheel by Hallcraft has found her new home.  I was sad to see the wheel go, but she is in good hands.  The wheel was charming and now will charm her new owner.

After the studio got its overhaul, it became clear that some day soon a floor loom will make its way to the studio and floor space is at a premium.  I've put out a few feelers for a used loom (looking for an 8 harness jack loom) but I know how these things go.  Like the wheels, they come when we least expect it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Weave Something November

Scarf at the top - handspun color change yarn with commercial white yarn. Still need to wash and trim, etc.

Blue is indigo dyed scarf in progress with a pick up stick pattern. I’ve never done a pattern with a pick up stick. It is fiddly at first, but I’m not getting into a rhythm.

Lastly - I learned to use my Weave It looms and I have been playing with making squares - handspun silk and left over yarn from the scarf at the top.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Break in a Basket

Fall break is here and I'm using the time to take a break, get over the art department cold bug and get things done around the studio.

First up is spinning.  I have twelve ounces of Dyeabolical's Themyscira colorway that I've spun up.  I plan on plying it with grey for a sweater's worth of yarn.  I'm also doing a lot of dye work of my own.  Some are for projects and others are for the shop.  Washing fleece is also taking up some of my break time.  It feels good to get the luscious wool that I purchased this spring and summer washed up.

I also finally finished my new spinning basket.  I started this basket a few months ago and then neglected to finish it up.  It isn't perfect - a little wonky in the weaving.  I used plan split reed with indigo dyed reed.  I dyed a few rolls at school when the vat was up and running.  I have more plans to return to indigo dyework.  There were some areas where the indigo color ran onto the neighboring reed.  A coat of basket stain seems to have cleaned everything up.  I need to make more baskets so my hands don't loose muscle memory.  

I made the sheepy liner for the basket without holding the blues up to each other.  The sheep fabric is a little too blue of the indigo oak stained color.  I'm leaving it though - I just love the sheep.  I've needed a larger basket to have near a wheel while I'm working on a project.  This basket is large and will work wonderfully.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weave Something!

So fellow blogger Sarah of Punkin's Patch commented today that I should join in WeSoInNo - her weaving version of the NaNoWriMo.  I've been thinking about it all day and now I'm jumping in.  I'd like to learn to use my Weave It looms that a friend gave me a few months ago and I'd like to play with some patterns on my Cricket loom.  Then there is the larger rigid heddle that sits gathering dust.  Hmm.

Tonight I warped the Cricket and even experimented with the Weave It loom.  Off to a good start I think.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Already?

Things are chugging along and the school semester is quickly slipping out from under a lot of us.  I looked at a class calendar yesterday and realized we have TWO weeks until fall break.  Yikes!  That means an already busy time will be that much more crazy.  It has been a semester full of growing pains, then growth and I've finally pushed past into the fantastic sponge stage.  I'm learning so much, pushing so far and I can't wait to see where we go next.

My personal work has been neglected as often happens at this time of year.  Sometimes I'm making so much at school that I come home and can't think about making anything more.  Today has been different.  Today I felt the pull to sit down at a loom and bang out a project that has been languishing.  Later one of the wheels and I will take some turns.

Hand dyed/Handspun textured (art yarn) yarn with glass beads for weft and hand dyed yarn for weft.  Open weave to show off the texture of the weft yarn.