Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The yarn needs to be Cascade 220 Superwash ecro #817, dye lot #8249.4.5 stitches per inch on #7 0r #8 needles.Cast on 54 stitches. Knit 8 rows (4 garter ridges), then with RS facing Row 1 - Knit Row 2 - K4, purl to last 4 stitches, K4
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 11” from cast on edge, then K 8 rows (4 garter ridges) and bind off loosely. Square should measure 12”
Mail or bring to
Knot Just Yarn 113
East Fairhaven Avenue
Burlington WA 98233
They have the yarn available for pick up in the shop (if you traveling near Burlington) at no charge. They would like to get these squares back right away so they can block and put afghan together and present to Lakewood PD next week. If they get lots of squares they will also put them together for additional afghans to be auctioned. For more information contact Becky at Knot Just Yarn.
Please help spread the word to anyone you think would be interested in knitting a square.
Monday, November 30, 2009
- That I finished my Thanksgiving Costco Pumpkin Pie before I checked to see how many calories it has (Costco Nutrition Factor -- look only if you dare!)
- That I have finished my Christmas shopping (if only the wrapping was done!)
- That I have 10 inches of another scarf completed on my table loom
- That I have warps ready for my counterbalance loom
- and that I can play Christmas music anytime I want.
Now its off to the treadmill for a short walk to nowhere so that I can leave those pumpkin pie calories behind (no pun intended!).
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I went to the ANWG weaving conference in Spokane. Fabulous classes, awesome and inspiring weaving and crunchy beds
We went to Hawaii with dear friends, walked on the beach every morning and relaxed.
We had family visit and it did the rainforest and Forks thing.
We celebrated my birthday with three weeks in Paris. That was totally terrific!
However, I spent much of my free time working on the publicity/marketing campaign for the Seattle Weavers Guild annual show and sale.
When you look at this list - what's missing? Weaving. The same warp that was on my Louet W-30 in April is on it now, my Fireside has the reed sleyed but the heddles are bare and Fanny has about 1/2 scarve finished on it.
Soon the Seattle Weavers Guild Sale will be in the past and I will be back at my looms. Meanwhile, if you live in the Seattle area (or not, any excuse to travel!) come to the sale. And if you have friends in the Seattle area, please email them about the sale. I've sent so many emails out about it this week, I'm afraid I may get classified as a spammer! So help me out and I'll be back at my loom soon and blogging about my tour of Les Gobelins in Paris.
Friday, May 15, 2009
- on long weekend knitting retreat -- took my table loom,
- down to Portland to visit friends (and hits some sales and outlet stores),
- entertained said friends here at home,
- blown my nose a million times due to a cold,
- worked on a volunteer marketing project and other volunteer projects
- waiting for Spring to arrive (not here yet! well, maybe today!)
- and spent time preparing 45+ scarves for a booth at ANWG.
The scarves are amazing -- all woven by the expert weavers of the Seattle Weaver's Guild. Just getting them photographed and labeled was a learning experience because I got closely examine them. There are all types of weave structures and fibers and all beautiful! It was like going to my own personal structures school.
I have two looms warped with 10 inches woven on one and 23 inches on the other...and I'm tying on a warp on my 8-shaft loom. I found a whole bunch of cheap cashmere sweaters in the various Portland thrift stores so I have been picking them apart.
That's what I've been doing...what have you been doing?
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Right now on my looms I have another double weave going on my table loom -- slowly as I am using a heavier, sticky yarn. Lesson learned -- don't use sticky yarns in double weave! I have a scarf almost warped on Fanny and a few more inches of yardage to weave on the Fireside (aka Zooey). I want to do another chenille scarf soon -- a great way to work through crankiness!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I’ve finished 4 woven scarves and a mobius since I posted last but only have two of them wet finished. So you will have to check back to see the others. And I still haven’t taken photos of my stash enrichment purchases at the recent Madrona market.
I started the red scarf while I was deep into my February funk. I had been in my weaving studio and getting ready to leave when, I just as I turned, a ball of variegated red ribbon yarn caught my eye and beside it, in another clear plastic box. was some of Lisa Souza’s yarn in her Joseph Coat colorway. I pulled them out of their boxes and realized I could combine them with some red yarn I got a few years ago at the Madrona market. I usually ponder these things for awhile, but in this case, I had the warp on my table loom before lunch. I tied on the previous warp so I used my word draft for “heal” for the scarf. I just love it. The colors really cheered me up. It’s about 60 inches long and 6 inches wide. It’s soft and drapes nicely. You can find a swatch close up in the slideshow on the right.
The other scarf, shown here, was the scarf that I was weaving on Fanny and wrote about in my last post. The warp is a lovely cotton yarn, dyed by Lisa Souza a few years ago and she recently gifted it to me (whadda pal!). The weft is yarn that is part of my odd ball reduction plan. I have lots of onesy-twosey balls of yarn – mostly impulse buys with plans to “mix it with something else”. Since my fingers rebel at a lot of knitting, I need to find other uses for these odd balls and they usually make great weft yarns.
My inspiration for the scarf was a painting by Van Gogh -- Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night. It has lots of the gold and blue colors found in Lisa’s colorway.
I’ve had two recent weaving guild meetings. First I went to the Seattle Weavers Guild to hear Patsy Zawistoski. She gave a interesting and in-depth presentation of high-tech fibers. She passed around lots of man-made fiber samples so we could all touch them. I don’t think I want to spin any of them…I’ll stick to wool.
This past Thursday was the Arachne Guild meeting and Robyn Spady was our guest speaker. She showed us lots of ways to turn our thrums into jewelry.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I have a bright, bright red scarf on my table loom now -- hoping the bright colors help pop me out of my February funk (but I think a trip to someplace sunny would work better!).
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I’ve always been interested in name and message drafts but found getting a good sequence with the word or message I wanted was a little challenging. I tend to want to use just short 4-letter words (no, not that kind of 4-letter word!) which could be my problem. I did get a workable pattern using some of Ralph Griswold’s sequences and used one of those in the scarf shown here. This is the one I used for Fibonacci scarf.
But for the next scarf that I want to do, using Mr. Griswold’s sequences just didn’t work very well. So I decided to strike out on my own using an online sequence generator. I had the generator give me a list of numbers between 1 and 26 in a random order and with no repeats. In Excel, with the alphabet in column one, I pasted the numbers from the sequence generator in the next column and then in the third column I assigned shafts. The results were:
# 1 x l k u d r c
# 2 y o w e s q
#3 m h b a z i
#4 j v p f t n g
I added a point twill threading (I think) in between the word as I repeated it across. The draft I ended up with is very similar to other drafts that I have seen but I didn’t expect anything no one else had ever thought. I just wanted something to reflect the word I had in mind and for me to be the only one who knows :-).
Right now I am slowly putting the warp for a laprug on my floor loom, have the warp for the above scarf ready to slap on my 8 harness table loom, am winding the warp for a summer and winter project to go on my 4 harness table loom and am patiently waiting for DH to finished getting the rust of the reeds for my other floor loom. And it has lots of other work that needs to be done on it!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
The only tricky part is cutting the warp and using it as the weft. The bottom warp becomes the top weft and the top warp becomes the bottom weft and that connects the two layers along one side.
The tension on the warp gets a little wonky the closer you get to the end as you can see from the photo. You just have to trust that it works. I was actually fretting about it a lot ahead of time and had a dream about it -- in the dream it worked and I saw how it worked. So my subconscious was way ahead of me on this project.
My looms are naked again but I have some warp really to slap on them; I just have to decide on a pattern. I'm also doing an online summer and winter weave along on Ravelry so I will be experimenting with that.