Monday, July 29, 2013

Decisions, decisions

Hello, again, dear readers :)

I surprised myself!
Personally, I'm really not a fan of acrylic yarn, but rather like working with wool or a blend of wool and something.  So I  had one skein of Red Heart Super Saver in white, and a leftover of a pinkish color.  You could probably get two bags out of this with some left.

So for the warp I used all slots and holes except for the last one of the 8 dent heddle on the Cricket 10" (Still learning the lingo, sorry.)
36" wrap which includes waste on each end.
I thought that for my sample I would just do a balanced weave and then try some different things, once I got the size down and the treatment of the bag.
This bag took me under an hour to dress the loom and to actually weave it.

OOPS I forgot.  The bag measures 9 and 1/4" by 20 and 1/2 ." (just a plain rectangle)
Now I'm thinking how to put it together.  Do I want to crochet the edges?  How about  sewing a seam or maybe make a gusset on each side and then of course, I'll need some sort of a strap.  What about a lining?
I'm thinking.....and I can't wait to try this in my long overdo 12 dent heddle.
Until later...

The Empty Nest

Hello, dear readers :)

Well, our 3 chicks have flown the nest.  We miss all the chirping.  Hopefully, we'll get some new tenants.  But before they make a home, I've got to repair their roof and clean out the nest.  It shouldn't take me too long to do this.
 
(I shouldn't be telling you this, but we have watched the birds come and go all day long, day in and day out and DH thought that they were ready to fly.  There was so much activity.  We had lunch and by the time it took us to eat it, they were GONE! Arrrrgghhh )

So, then I've been experimenting with my hand spun wool.  All I can tell you is that I really like how it stripes.  However, if you notice the right of the scarf, parts are curling and halfway through I noticed a few end stitches were not catching.  Apparently, as I started to wind the strands with my heavy paper, some of them got caught and never went between the paper.  So, not really knowing what to do, I tried to undo the threads, OMG!
What a mess.  So now its half  a scarf, to my dismay :(
Anyway, it's a learning experience, right?  I was really surprised that my first measurements before it's bath were 8x32" to being washed was 8x31". Hmmmmm

I'm still waiting for my 12 dent heddle which was ordered 3 weeks ago from my LYS and I should have ordered it from Webs, I would have had it by now. Boo hoo.

So, back to the drawing board today and I'll try something else!
Until later...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cricket Scarf

Hello, dear readers :)
I have had some fun with my Cricket.  I found some wool/mohair that I had spun a long time ago and  dressed my loom.  I love how the wool made vertical stripes.  I don't know how I did it, but I like how it came out.
I think I've got a ways to go.  I'm trying to get this done and off the loom for another project.
 Hope you are all having a great day!
Until later...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Projects

Hello, dear readers :)

Back to the drawing board!
I did finish the brown and white scarf and I really love how it drapes.

 You can see the pinkish cotton that I was working with.  Not too sure if I really care to use cotton, maybe if it were not in worsted weight. I even had time to dress the loom with my own handspun wool.  It's got a little mohair in it which will lend to a fluffy feel when it's finished (I hope) !

I also managed to work on a gift for a very special person for Christmas.  I've got some work to do.
Anyway, I've got my projects cut out for me to finish.
So....Until later :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

All "keyed" up!

Hello, dear readers :)

I took a couple of days off. 
 I'm ready to get another scarf going and I'm looking for a simple design for a scarf.

In the meantime, DH went to Wal-Mart last evening to pick up a few things.  When he got back to our car, someone had "keyed" the driver's side from front to back.  
It broke my heart.  I just don't understand people today.
So, with that I'll catch up with you later on.
Until....

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Need for a Bigger Loom

Hello, dear readers :)
I've had some fun with the loom.  I really hate to say this, but I think I need a bigger one ! LOL
This scarf was a lot of fun, easy and quick.
But I'd like to make bigger pieces.  Time will tell, yes?
So my 4th scarf is done and ready to be packed away for Xmas.  I have more ideas in mind.
On the loom right now is a pinkish cotton that I've been playing with.  Will see how it turns out.
Hoping that you are having a wonderful weekend.
Until later...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Hot, Thursday Afternoon

Hello, dear readers :)

We've been watching our rickety old bird house which needs a new roof, 'cause our babies have hatched.
If you look closely, I tried to get a shot of the baby birds.  We have 3 babies (we thought there were only 2) and it's been a feeding frenzy.
They are such fun to watch.

I hope they stay in there and not fall out.  We wouldn't like that very much.

Yesterday I broke down and placed an order for a 12 dent heddle, some pickup sticks, and two more shuttles. You just knew I was going to do this, right?
 
It's another hot, hot day out....just right for another scarf.

First I'll show you what I have finished so far.

All of the scarves were made with the Cricket 10" loom with an 8 dent heddle by Schacht!
All of the materials for the scarves are from my stash.  Like I said, I've got lots.
 
Scarf 1:  Brown Sheep Lamb Sport (this is on a cone) and 1 ball Rowan Silk & Wool.  
All measurements are excluding the fringe.
 
7" wide x 65" long before washing and 6 1/2" x 61 1/2" after blocking.


Scarf #2: 1 ball Rowan Silk & Wool, 1 ball KnitPick's Essential sock yarn.
7 1/4" x 60 1/4" before washing and 6 1/4" x 55".

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Scarf 3:  Hanne Falkenberg (fingering) 2 balls blue.
Before washing 7 and 3/4 " by 70".


 For the 4th scarf I am using the remainder of the Lamb sport and one ball KnitPick's fingering weight.  I've got a little bit more to go.

So, basically I'm using fingering wool with an 8 dent for most of my scarves.


I can't tell you enough that weaving is so much fun!  If you had told me that I would try weaving, I'd never believe you.  It's so relaxing and so exciting to see the designs and colors come to life.  
 
Amazing!
 
I have been rooting in my spare room looking for some of my hand spun wool.  I have several stashed different kinds that I spun on my Sonata, and a huge tub of unspun. I usually spin in the winter time. 
 
I can't wait till I really get going and use this.
 
So, wishing you well today !
 
Hope you're having fun!
Until later...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Three Bags (Scarves) Full

Hello, dear readers :)

Oh boy, oh boy....I've finished 3 scarves!  Would you believe it?

This scarf has been washed and dried and has such a nice feel to it.  All the weaving is done with the Cricket 10" Loom and I'm also using my "Zoom Loom" to make swatches first to see how I like the combinations of colors.  You can see the little swatch in next picture, top left. The little ball of wool is what was left.
My third scarf is done with fingering wool, approximately 200 yards.  One ball for the warp and one to weave.  I have not taken measurements yet and then I'll give it a good soak and let it dry and measure again.

So, today I'm going to try using two colors with some sort of a design - maybe LOL
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
Until later...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Scarfing

Hello, dear readers :)

Scarf #1 was washed and blocked and after this, the dimensions changed to 6 and 1/2" wide and 61 and 1/2" long.  It changed completely.  What a nice surprise!  Awesome.

So after I got scarf #1 off the loom I wrapped the second scarf which is made with one skein of Knit Picks Essential for the warp.  For the weft, I used Rowan's Silk and Wool.  Both are fingering weights and I can't weave fast enough to see what it's going to look like.
I have a little more to go before I can take it off.  I'm already planning a third scarf.  It's really interesting and a lot of fun.  I love it :)
Until later ...

Friday, July 12, 2013

My very first scarf using the Cricket 10" Loom

Hello, dear readers :)
I've been having so much fun!

After a little practice, I started a scarf using (stash) Brown Sheep Lamb Sport and 1 ball Rowan fingering weight wool (I have no idea what color it is or yardage), missing it's wrapper.

I warped the loom with the Lamb Sport and even that was fun to do.  
This first picture is at the end of the scarf.  The measurements are 7" wide and 65" long excluding the fringe, before washing. I need to learn how to hemstitch because I love the look.



 I still have issues with the selvages but I suppose that will come in time.



I'm really enjoying this and I have tons of wool to use, so since it's off the loom, I need to wrap it again!  I'm thinking I might investigate the 15" loom, hmmmm?
Until later...:)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Cricket Loom

Hello, dear readers :)

Well, it finally arrived.  
DH helped me to put it together and it really was very easy!  
The next step was to weave the warp.  
Since I've never done this before, it took a little time to figure it out, but I did it.
So after I got this done, I decided that I'd make a sampler of sorts.  
The warp is Red Heart worsted and then I tried various weights of yarn/wool and played with it this am.
I still have a lot to learn, but one thing's for sure, it's a lot of fun.  
I'm thinking of ordering 2 pick-up sticks and a 10 and 12 dent heddle for more delicate stuff.  I like how the fingering weight works with the worsted.  There are so many choices!
So, I'll keep going.  Still trying to make my edges even, and once I get it off the loom, I'll set it up again.  I have so many things I want to do with this.
The Cricket Loom is easy to assemble, directions were clear, beautiful selection (2 balls) of wool that came with the loom, all I need is time :)  X-mas is coming.
Until later...

Sunday, July 7, 2013

It's on the way!

Hello, dear readers :)

Today, it's been slow going and only a fraction of yarn has been pulled out and sorted.


I have lots more to go.  I've found treasures that had been put away and forgotten. I found some angora and mohair all ready to go. (Yummy)

So, switching from bagging wool/blends/novelties, I have tried to surf the web for more information on weaving with the Cricket.  

It's amazing what's out there.
I am so excited!

The Cricket should arrive on Tuesday, so I'm trying to figure out what I want to do first.  Maybe a sampler would be the ticket to get familiar with the loom.  They give you instructions of how to put the loom together (not really my cup of tea) but after that's done comes the setup.  

It doesn't seem that complicated (I hope)!

You can check it out at www.yarn.com (Webs)
Until later...
 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Cricket Chirp

Hello, dear readers:)

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.

Well, I've been playing with my little Zoom Loom and decided that I wanted to really get into weaving something larger.  So, I ordered the Cricket Loom to use up my stash (there's a ton of it).


The Cricket Loom comes with an 8-dent rigid heddle, which accommodates worsted wool.  I'll need to buy a 12-dent for my sock/fingering wool after I learn how to use it.  I'm excited about the loom.  I have never actually woven anything except for the 4" little squares on the Zoom.  

I think I got bit, hard. LOL

So now I'm organizing my wool/yarn by weight and waiting for UPS to deliver!

More to come.....looks like fun!
Until later...