Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Finally Finished It!

After 4 tries, and close to 3 years, I have  finished a garment that fits my Dear One, using my own handspun!  I first made a sweater that fit his best friend who is much larger than he is, then one sweater that fit me, much smaller than he is. (I know I have a problem with gauge!) The last sweater was going along well enough, when  he told me he thought he might like a vest better.  ( Of course, I had already made the sleeves for the sweater!)

I pulled out his favorite vest, and measured it.  Picked a simple vest pattern from Ravelry as a template, then I did a swatch with the needle size that gave me the fabric I wanted.  I plugged my gauge into the pattern I had picked, took a deep breath and started again.

I pulled out the vest, several times to measure and make sure I was on the right track.  Each time it  looked good.  I learned a new technique to shape the shoulder using short rows instead of decreasing in steps.  It was beautiful and left live stitches I could easily join, using the 3 needle bind off.   I took extra care to decrease several stitches aroung the back of the neck band so that it would fit snug and not flop around.   Instead of using a mitered v in the neckline binding, I overlapped it at the v, and sewed it down invisibly.

 Before I wove in all the ends I had Dear One try it on, and It Fits!  I wove in the final loose ends tonight and it is in the closet ready to go.  (I had already steamed it this morning to make it look good at weaving today.)  

I can't believe that it is finally over.  This project has been over my head for too long.  Now I can move on to my other projects, hurray!

This is one of my projects in progress.  It is my January Sock yarn Scarf project.  I had it almost finished after only one week, when I ran out of yarn with three rows to go!  I went down a couple of needle sizes and I really like the fabric even better.   I am also glad that it  happened for another reason, too.  My "In town" daughter amazingly, had a skein of this very same yarn, that she offered to me since she only had the one, and it was in a scarf project she didn't really like anyway.

I gladly accepted the yarn and have tweeked the pattern to make it a wider scarf.  It is looking good, I am over half way, and  now that the vest is finished I can use my TV hours in the evening to finish the scarf.  (I still have a week before the end of the month.)

Tomorrow, it is back to the Waffle Weave towels.  I am making four for my own kitchen.  I am thinking that the towels are going to be too narrow, since Waffle Weave really draws in.  We shall see, for my kitchen I won't be that picky.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, January 23, 2012

Waffle Heaven!

I like waffles as much as the next person, I really like them with peanut butter on them.  I like to run my fork through the peanut butter and hot syrup until the peanut butter is in tiny little flakes.  It works really well with french toast too, but that isn't really the waffles I was going to talk about, I just got sidetracked!

I want to show you Little Alice's warp.  I  finished threading and sleying at 12 EPI, tied on and even wove a sample, all in just a few hours. I wasn't happy with the 12 EPI after that first sample, so I then re-sleyed to 14 EPI, which was what I thought might be the right one, considering that it had been wound in bouts of 7.

I am really enjoying the one shuttle weaving!  It is such a welcome change from Overshot's 2 shuttles.

Here area a couple of beauty shots!

They are weaving up at just shy of 12 inches, I think I will do a couple of towels at 30 inches and then finish and wash them to see how they turn out.  I will weave on this for awhile then go back to the Overshot Blankets that I still have to work on. 

It will be nice to have a greater variety of  things to weave in the studio.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Saturday, January 21, 2012

White Warp

 I have finally decided to use one of the 100 yd, white, 12/3 cotton warps,  that I bought last spring, when the Tuesday Weavers bought the stash from the estate of a local  Mountain Weaver.

Wednesday I tried to load 2 warps at once and ended up deciding that the warp would be too wide for my little loom.  I am using the warp on the right, in the green tote.

 I am warping back to front this time, since it is such a long warp,  I also have put in 2 sets of lease sticks to improve the tension as it loads onto the back beam.
Little Alice, the Leclerc I got last year has a very interesting paper storage system.  You can see the paper roll on the left on a broomstick, and the warp beam on the right.  I hold my hand on the paper roll as I wind on to add a little more drag.

Here it is in action.  There are several breaks in the paper so that you can shift it over a bit every once in awhile if you need to.

After 2 hrs of winding on, straightening the warp, giving a good tug in sections, and then winding some more,  I ran across a problem.  I have run out of paper!  I really don't know how much I was able to wind on but it was a lot!

I re-tied the cross, cut between the 2 crosses, and put the rest of the warp back in the tub.  I think that the next time I go up to work in the Studio, I will measure what is left in the tub to get an idea of how much is on the loom. (Nope, I just went up there and their is just  one chain in the tub and it just keeps going, I am not undoing it to measure, I will have to keep track of what I weave to figure out how much is left in the tub!)

It doesn't look like I have made a dent in this warp chain, maybe 1/4 of the tote has been used!  I may have more than one warp in this tote after all! (Nope, just one enormous chain!)

Before I stopped for the morning, I was able to get halfway through the Waffle Weave threading, which will be the first of  many threadings I will use on this warp. I am looking forward to weaving with one shuttle, instead of the two shuttles I normally use with my Overshot projects.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Check List

Knots in full view, check!
Cloth beam full, check!

Scissors in hand, check!
Finally finished!  There are 12 Place-mats, 4 in each color, and 3 Table Runners in the light color weft.  I chose the light color for the Table Runners because I didn't have to fuss with the fabric as I wove, as it went in I beat it and moved on. The other fabrics needed to be manipulated to show off the print side better.

Tomorrow I will post over on Loomy Tunes, the Tuesday Weavers Blog, about what I am going to put on this nekkid loom!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hollywood Place-mat Warp

 I am well on my way to finishing this place-mat warp.  I started with 4 using a medium fabric, then continued with 4 using a lighter fabric.
Here is the beginnings of one using a darker fabric.

The fabrics side by side, on my new studio cart. (yea cart!)
All three together, (you can just see the medium on the cloth beam.)

I will probably finish it all tomorrow, cut it off and sew the hems, on the treadle sewing machine.  (I think a sewn hem holds up much longer than a fringed one does.)
I am also on the last half of my January sock project, (a scarf :) ), and hope to finish that tomorrow too.  I will then get back to my knitting UFO's and plan a new project for the empty loom.  It just might have something to do with a 100yd warp!  Stay tuned!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January Projects

January is already in progress, and so are my new January Sock Club socks.

I know, I know, it isn't a sock, it is a scarf.  I just couldn't see using this particular yarn in my feet!  When I searched on Ravelry for this yarn, Noro Silk Garden, this was one of the projects.  riverrun You can click on the link to get the particulars.
This yarn is a single ply, with silk and merino wool, and mohair, so I felt it was much better suited for a scarf.  The yarn in the picture is the exact same kind of yarn, just a different colorway.

I think that  the light fabric weft in these place-mats is really nice.  I have done 4 with a medium weft, and 4 with this light weft.  I probably have enough warp left for 4 more, what do you think about using a darker weft to show off the light colors in the warp?  I will either do that or I could do 2 more of each color.

One of our friends gave us this movable kitchen cart this week.  I thought I could use it best in the studio.  I have attached the Frazer rag cutter and the swift.  I put bins on the lowest shelf for bobbins and I have put shuttles on the middle shelf.  I think I will also put my bobbin winder on it as well.  It does take up some room, but it will be so nice not to have to search all over the studio for these things when I need them!

Thanks for stopping by,  until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina