Recent projects

I have not updated in awhile but wanted to share my most recent projects.

I wove up this cowl for my mother using the TurtleLoom fine gauge hexagon pin loom. I  have her other ones and they are really fun to use. This fine gauge one is meant for sock yarns, which I have lots of .

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I then used a loom to knit up a headband for myself using some of my handspun. I bound off a bit tight, but it helps keep the band from sliding down too far. The colors don’t pop on the red background, but they are oranges, some yellow, reds, and a tiny bit of black and white scattered in.

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This is another project woven on a pin loom (Zoom Loom for this one). I wore this to Rhinebeck on Saturday and got lots of nice compliments on it.

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Another loom knit project is this cowl I made for myself, again using my own handspun. I have it pinned out but I need to finish blocking it.

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I also have another weaving project in progress, plus a knitting project I will be starting very soon. Hopefully today when I get home from work!

Tapestry One Finished! Plus beading!

I finished this awhile ago and apparently forgot to post the end results here.

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I had a lot of fun learning the techniques, and I know that there are many more still to learn. I am especially happy with how the circle came out! I am planning my next one and it’s going to be an actual picture. I just have to make up my mind on which one I want to do first. It would really be helpful if I knew how to make clones of myself, then I could do everything at once!

The other week I ordered myself another Mirrix loom because I couldn’t pass up the birthday coupon. I got myself the little Lani loom to play around with beading or smaller tapestries if my Big Sister is in use. While I don’t wear jewelry, I want to try doing bead tapestries.

My first time playing with beads I did make a simple cuff. I messed up in a few places and I need to get better at dealing with the ends, but I’m mostly happy with how it turned out. I wore it out the other day and got a compliment on it.

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First attempt

I am also planning what I’m going to weave next. I picked up a mixed kit of beads to play with since I only have a small amount and not enough to make anything with. Now I do!

Tapestry – More Progress

Today I tried out some loops, did some more plain weave, then started trying out more rounded shapes. Just one so far but I’ll be doing more. Slowly working up to doing a full circle.

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I finally had to advance the warp! Yay progress!

Tapestry Progress Update

I just added a more to my tapestry I have on my Big Sister. Trying some more new things. I still need a lot of practice, but this is why I’m using what little bit of acrylic I have in my stash to practice with before I move onto my handspun and more expensive yarns. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Subtle blue and purple tiger/vertical stripes, then a staggered shape with a triangle on the left. One partial row of rya, and then basic fill.

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You can see the blue and purple stripes better here. Next ones will contrast more!

I’m still having lots of fun doing this. I think I’ll try and tackle a bigger triangle next. or maybe a circle. Too many shapes!

Adventures in Tapestry

I am finally going to give tapestry a real try. I think I mentioned in my last post that I tried it before on my rigid heddle loom (a Schacht Cricket) that it just didn’t work on that loom. Last week I picked up a little Hokett loom from Webs. I did up a simple striped tapestry to try it out. I used my handspun yarn, so it’s thick and thin, so the warp shows through in places. I really don’t mind with this one though as it was mostly for experiment purposes.

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I have not decided on how I’m going to hang it, so I tucked the top loops behind the weaving for this picture. I wanted to add something interesting and that is what the tails are at the top. I may try this again with a better weaving and add beads. We’ll see.

On Friday my Mirrix Big Sister arrived. I got it warped up Saturday morning but I did not start weaving until last night as I wanted to finish the little one above first.

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This is the progress I made last night. Using some videos on youtube, I am slowly getting the hang of it. Bubbling is new to me so the selvedges are a bit off, but I’ll get better as I go. Starting off with simple stripes and did some blocks.

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The hardest part for me so far is deciding which technique I’m going to try next!

Let’s play with Tapestry

While I am still waiting on the part for my wheel (apparently there was a mishap with the email so he never got my address), I picked up this pretty Hokett tapestry loom when I went to Webs the other day. I’ve tried to do tapestry before on my Cricket, but a rigid heddle is just not meant to hold high enough tension, and the angle is wrong. I got this little loom to play around with. I also  have a Mirrix Big Sister (16″) on order that should be here tomorrow.

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Hokett Tapestry kit in exotic wood

I started weaving with scraps of acrylic and my handspun. I really did not like the look of the acrylic so I unwove it. I decided to just use my handspun. I’m not too far yet, but here’s what I got so far.

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My simple tapestry so far.

I can’t wait until my Mirrix arrives. I’ve wanted one for awhile now and ordered it for myself for my birthday present. I also ordered a tapestry kit and bought the class that goes with it, so I’ll be doing that.

Hopefully the part to my wheel will be in early next week (maybe Saturday if it gets shipped out today). I really am sad at missing so many days of spinning, but my spindles are just killing my shoulder so I can’t spin at all. At least I got some things done up, so I’m happy with that.

Score at Antique Shop!

Yesterday when I was on my way home from work and errands, I finally stopped in the antique store I pass all the time. So many goodies in there from dolls, toys, knicknacks, and sewing items, to a few stray weaving items. I snatched up the bobbins that I found, still with yarn on them, right away! There were a couple others but not in as good of shape. There were also more cones of yarn but nothing that I cared for. I found a jar of mixed buttons as well. The knitting needles the woman gave me for free!

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Sadly, most of the buttons are unusable as the back parts are broken. Though I figure I can use them in other craft projects. All in all, I am very glad that I stopped in there. Now I really want to check out the other ones that are close by as well.

First shawl off Triloom!

Back on Christmas I ordered myself a seven foot adjustable triloom. It finally came in the mail on Friday and I put it together first thing Saturday morning. I then picked out which of my handspun yarns I wanted to use, and the set to work weaving. The yarn I used was about sport weight so it made a very light and open shawl. This shawl was done on the next pegs down from the full size, so it’s not the biggest it can be.

No photos of it being worn yet as I just finished it at 11:30pm last night. Here are a couple pictures; the first showing full view and the other a close up.

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I am already planning out my next one and I can’t wait to get started on it. Since it is now the work week, I won’t be able to finish it as quickly. I am very happy I bought this loom! :D

Circle Weaving

So I got this beautiful loom from Quirky Bits-n-Pieces and have been playing with it a bit.

IMG_0370I decided to experiment right away instead of doing a solid circle. It came out okay but it needs a bit of tweaking. This is made with embroidery thread so it took awhile just to do the center circle.

IMG_0418I then started another one this past weekend and am trying to win one of the Majacraft circle looms with it. The theme was winter. How do you think I did? There are metallic stars in there but they don’t show up too well in the pic. Either way, I had fun making it. I used some of my handspun yarn for this one.

IMG_0422I still need to work out keeping the weaving a bit loose so it doesn’t curl. I’m already planning out my next one!

New toy: Tri-loom!

I have been wanting a triloom for awhile now to make fast shawls out of my handspun yarn. I finally broke down and bought one (thanks to a bonus at work) and it arrived yesterday. I ordered it from The Woolery and it is made by Stone Mountain Alpacas.  It has a nice and smooth finish and the stand was also easy to put together (once I realized I had two of the pieces backwards, lol).

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I found a chart online that gives estimates on the amount of yardage needed for each size triloom. For this size (2ft) it is 50 yards. I had some handspun Cormo wool that came out to be around 80 yards so I thought it would be perfect for this project. It is super soft and squishy and a yarn that feels good against more sensitive skin (like your neck and face).

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I wish I thought to take a progress picture to show how it is woven, but I didn’t. I’ll try to do it next time.  Anyway, this is what the piece looks like off of the loom. I made a mistake somewhere in weaving that had me end on the wrong nail, so I had to bring the yarn back down through to fill the gap and to get the empty nail at the bottom. That is why there is a thicker section in the middle.  I still need to finish it off (wash and block) and I haven’t decided if I’m going to add fringe yet or not. I do still have some of this yarn left.

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Even though it is not perfect, I think I now have the hang of how to weave on this loom. I just need to be more careful as I go so I don’t make the same mistake. I did looking over it multiple times but I never found where the mistake was. Oh well. I still ended up with something soft and squishy.  By itself, this piece is not big enough for a shawl or shawlette. It is the size of a bandanna/handkerchief.  If I had more of this yarn, I would weave up more triangles and stitch them together, and that is the plan for my other yarns.

I will be doing another one later today when I get home from work, so I’ll be sure to post that one when it’s finished as well. :)

Spinning and playing away

Over the holiday I have been working on my fiber related projects. I took stock of all of my fiber and uploaded them in to my stash on Ravelry so I can keep track of what I have. It also makes it easier to add to my projects when I list them. I got a gift card to Webs from my coworker for Christmas as well as a gift card from my parents and grandparents. I will be going down soon to stalk up on more fiber and to hopefully get some weaving yarn.
Here are some things I’ve done since this past Thursday:

Rolags from mystery fiber. Hard to tell in the picture, but they are black and purple.
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I spun this up and plied it with silver metallic thread. It is Loops December Bullseye of the Month Club “River Safari”. This is my first time spinning one of her bullseye bumps. I really enjoy watching the colors spin up as I get to them. I am looking forward to the next mystery bump!
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This one was a double experiment. I have never spun Polworth before or tried corespinning. I really dislike the Polworth. It is very “sticky” and hard to draft. I had to stop constantly and pre-draft. This was intentionally spun thick for weaving with.
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And a few projects I made earlier in the year but I don’t think I ever posted about. Nothing interesting really, just some basic scarves and ear warmers. The two black and white houndstooth scarves are woven. The others are knit.
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And aside from those, I have been making cotton wash cloths. No pictures of them yet, but I have a mountain of them. I’m trying to use up the small balls of Peaches n’ Cream I’ve had for a few years before buying new yarn.

So that’s what I’ve been doing! I hope everyone else had a nice Christmas and holiday.

Merlin Tree Road Bug spinning wheel

A while ago I purchased my first spinning wheel with the money I got for Christmas. It is a small wheel, small enough to fit inside a carry on luggage bag! It is very easy to use and after a few days I finally was getting the hang of things. I still have a long ways to go to get to a nice and even yarn, but I’m not doing bad so far.

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This shows the first two skens that I did.  The top skein is the first one I did and the bottom is the second. You can see how much better I’m doing already!
Wheel spun #1 & #2

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All the other ones shown are two ply. This one is thick and thin singles that I did to weave with.
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What it looks like woven up:
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I made a monster for my nephews birthday. He loved it.
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I have lots more fiber to eventually spin up, but first I am working on using up all the acrylic I have. Projects with that to come next.

 

Three more scarves! Time to fill a box!

I have finished three more scarves already. I have found that I can finish one in a few hours so I could get one done a night if I don’t get distracted by something else! I am hoping to fill a box to donate to one of the shelters around my area so people in need can be at least a little warmer.

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I have four more skeins of that green yarn left. That first blue one was slow going because the yarn was thicker than was meant for the reed I was using but it’s the only one I have at the moment. The Black/blue/purple one I did last night and have enough yarn left to make two more like it.

After I get rid of this older yarn, I am going to spin more of my own up so I can weave with handspun to make an 100% made by me scarf! I’m really enjoying my Cricket loom and maybe I’ll get one a bit bigger (possibly the 25″ Flip).

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Here is my third finished scarf on my Schacht Cricket loom! This time I tried something a bit different. I used yarn I had in my stash and the colors are a bit bright so it’s hard to see the pattern, but it is there!

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And this is my cat Black Jack supervising me while I was warping for the previous scarf!
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And number two is done

I just finished weaving my second scarf on my new loom. I’m having so much fun with this! For my next one I am planning on trying out a pattern. I think it’s pinwheel houndstooth but can’t remember for sure.

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This one is a much better length than my first one. I also like it better with the same yarn as warp and weft than the first which had the white for the warp.

I love my Cricket loom!

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