Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My first weave is finished

Yesterday I cut my first weave out of the loom.  Scary and exciting!  The results are 4 placemats in 4 different weave patterns, a tablerunner for my kitchen counter and 4 dish rags.

Woven linen placemats in different weaves

From right to left: chevron twill weave, a 3 treadle weave called "rackelväv" in swedish, a diagonal twill and a simple linen weave.

Tablerunne, four different place mats and dish cloths
Linen table runner
Now what?  I don't know... blankets with my homespun Gotland wool? Rag rugs for the kitchen?

Time will tell!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A gifted shawl

I have a friend at work who graciously gave me a loom. Yes, a complete weaving loom!

As a (very small) token of my appreciation i knitted a shawlette for her.  I used the lace weight mixed wool singles spun a couple months ago. If you're interested in how the wool was spun, check out this post.

Mixed wool hand spun singles

Mixed wool hand spun singles
The pattern is Mono's Darling, darling, stay with me shawlette (the pattern is free, just log in).  A beautiful quick knit, perfect for a gift.  I added small glass beads to the last two lace rows of the pattern because... well, because I just have to change everything!

Lace shawl

Lace shawlette
For help on how to knit with beads check out this article in Knitter's review.  I used a very small crochet hook to pull the yarn through the eye of the bead.  It was a bother because the beads are tiny, but I am happy with the results.

And I do believe my friend is genuinly happy with her gift.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New adventures

I've thrown myself into a completely new adventure.  A friend has given me a loom.  Now the truth of the matter is that I have never, ever, done any weaving of any kind.

The loom came in pieces.  Small pieces.

Since I am sucker for a new project, I got the thing put together with the help of a book and a very logically-minded husband.  It took me the better part of a week (well, I did work, and eat and sleep) but I've finally got her up and going!

Linen towels in the loom

Linen towels in the loom
It's a linen 16/2 warp and weft in a simple linen weave.  The plan is to make 5 towels in different patterns starting with the linen weave and continuing with different types of twill.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Flax

I've been having an adventure with a new spindle and flax fibers. The flax is probably from the beginning of the 1900's

Flax
My supersweet husband made this spindle for me, the "legs" are detachable to change the weight of the spindle.

Spindle

Spindle
It took awhile to figure out how to spin the flax, it acts very differently to wool.  With a lot of help from Knitty, and especially the towel trick I've stardet to get the hang of it!  This is the evenings results.

Spinning flax



Sunday, January 1, 2012

Stitchmarkers

Spent an hour the other night making stitchmarkers with beads and cord.



They are very simple to make:

Carefully melt the end of the cord with a lighter, quickly form the end of the cord to a tapered end with wet fingers.
Place all the beads for one stitch marker on the cord:  ----oOooOo--------------

Make a knot on one end:  ----oOooOo----------&  
melt the end of the cord after the knot to a small ball of nylon.

Cut  the cord to the lenght you want, remember that the middle knot and the end knot will "eat" some of the cord length.

Make a knot on the other end:   &-------oOooOo----------&
melt the end like you did with the first knot.

Now divide the beads to two sides:   &oOo--------------------oOo&

Fold the cord in half and make a knot for the loop:




Friday, December 16, 2011

More spinning!

I've been feeling sorry for myself for not having the time to spend on quilting, spinning and knitting.  But apparently I do have som time.  I am having results...


Mixed wool singles

Mixed wool homespun singles

Mixed race wool: Swedish fine wool/rya
57 grams
232 meters
Carded and spun in the grease with lots and lots of lanoline
Spun on ratio 1:5,5 on my Ashford Traveller with a short backdraw
Lightly felted.





Thursday, December 15, 2011

UFO recussitation

My daughter reminded me of a sweater I had promised her last year... It's always embarassing to admit that a promised gift has turned into a UFO!

(= UnFinished Object)

So I got it out again and have recussitated it , it seems to be alive and breathing at least for the moment.

Tone on tone sweater in shadow knitting
The pattern comes from "Shadow Knitting" by Vivian Hoxbro and uses a really neat technique.  Working with knitted and purled stitches you make a pattern that only shows when looking at it from the side.  So, vertical stripes turn into horizontal stripes depending on your advantage point.

Please excuse the poor picture quality, but I wanted you to see how it works!

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