Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tencel shawl

IMG_0153 by Craftsteader
IMG_0153, a photo by Craftsteader on Flickr.
This shawl was begun in February will be cut off the loom tomorrow. The project went quickly but it did have a few snags. I had a lot of breakage, possibly due to the dry air. I've purchased a humidifier and I hope my next project will fare better.
Tencel is very strong and hard to break, but apparently became brittle on the loom in the dryness. I will see how the next project fares.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Karakul spun!

IMG_0147 by Craftsteader
IMG_0147, a photo by Craftsteader on Flickr.
I have reason to celebrate having finished spinning my supply of gray Karakul--two whole pounds--toward making super bulky rug wool. It's a good feeling to see produce something. I still have two other colors for my rug design.
I'm a bit tardy on blogging because yesterday I took an introduction of a style of yoga called Svaroopa. The purpose is to help muscles release and relax so it is extremely relaxing. It definitely NOT a workout, and when I was done there were places that were loose that I didn't even know could be loose. I'm definitely signing up for more classes!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Three little projects

IMG_0139 by Craftsteader
IMG_0139, a photo by Craftsteader on Flickr.
The Canadian Snowflake throw is off my big loom Bella. Now I find myself with three projects going--one I'm weaving, one I'm threading, and one I'm just starting to plan. I just hope there isn't a big bad wolf of weaving!

Having all these projects going at once is pretty exciting. I love admiring the one that just came off the loom and it still needs finishing (so that make four projects, doens't it?)

I've started to weave a Tencel shawl and the fiber is so shiny it's a joy to weave. Next, I'm threading the Canadian Snowflake draft from Laura Fry to make some hand towels, and that is also something to look forward to as I love the design. Next? A colorful overshot throw on the big loom--but I have a long way to go. I just figured out the wpi of the warp this morning and need to decide on a sett and a draft! Shall I go with Bertha Gray Hayes or Marguerite Porter Davison?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cheer against endless winter

IMG_0136 by Craftsteader
IMG_0136, a photo by Craftsteader on Flickr.
With a giant March snowstorm forecast of doom pending, what better way to spend the weekend then weaving? I just finished these bright and cheery curtains for the loom room upstairs, and have a big diffenbachia perched in front of it to provide some oxygen. Yep, the loom you see is Bella, my 60" Nylus II on which I am weaving the complicated Canadian Snowflake throw. I plan to finish the weaving this weekend.
Over my coffee this morning, I joined Pinterest in order to save nice looking drafts I've been finding online. This will give me a nice collection for future projects.
In the meantime, I have but to wait patiently for SNOWMAGADON to come. If my memory serves me correctly, snowstorms at the very beginning of March can be the worst. The only positive being warm weather follows and the snow melts into a big mess. It is a very good day to weave.