Wednesday, July 31, 2013

More Earth Guild Scarves

I had ordered three scarf kits from Earth Guild, and I have now finished the second and started the third. The second one is the colorway, "Ruby Slippers," which is red with some bits of purple/magenta throughout.

Earth Guild - Ruby Slippers - warped

Earth Guild - Ruby Slippers

And I've warped and begun weaving the "Ocean Waves" colorway, which is purple/blue at one end, transitioning to blue/green at the other end.

Earth Guild - Ocean Waves - warped

I really enjoyed weaving these. They are keeping me busy while I wait for the Mighty Wolf to arrive!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What We're Up To

We made a stop at a local yarn store, and Mitchell asked for his picture to be taken with the yarn-graffiti out front...

Yarn Bombing

We also did a bit of fishing at the local park.

Baiting the hook


And Mitchell got into a staring contest with a swan. (Not really, but it looks that way, doesn't it?)

Staring Contest

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, July 26, 2013

Growing Boy

Mitchell lost his first top tooth, today (third tooth, overall). The next top tooth is loose, also. I suspect he will go back to school missing both...

Lost a top tooth 2

Lost a top tooth

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Weaving Lesson Towels Done!

I finished my weaving lessons on Tuesday, and I've hemmed the two towels.

Lessons - Weaving - Finished towel 3

I used a simple turned hem and blind-hemmed with sewing thread. I matched the patterns across the width so that it would turn out straight. The turned hem is a bit puffier than I would like, and I may try a recommendation I've seen of using smaller thread and/or plain weave to make the rolled-under part smaller.

Lessons - Weaving - Finished towel 2

The two towels turned out different due to a counting error... One of them has only three repeats along the length instead of four. Since the two weren't a matched set, anyway, I split them up, giving one to my mom for her birthday, and keeping one myself.

Lessons - Weaving - Finished towel 4

I have a bit more than half of the cone of blue, left, and I have already wound another warp. I tried to maximize the length, thinking I would get three towels out of it... I went too far and was 30 ends short. Since the little diamond patterns are 8-ends each, I'll leave out an extra two ends (32 total), and reduce the pattern by four diamonds. There are four width-wise repeats of the small diamond pattern (six diamonds), so I'll make that small pattern five diamonds wide instead of six.

Lessons - Weaving - Finished towel 1

I'll be ready to put the warp on as soon as I get my loom. I'm hoping that will be some time next week. I'll have to be here to receive it, and I am off next week, so that will work out well. I haven't received the freight notice, yet. In case you're wondering, I ordered a Mighty Wolf, 8-shaft loom, in Maple. It's a folding loom (a driving requirement, so I can move it out of the way when not in use), and it has a removable back beam. On the HD loom in lessons, the back beam was not removable (technically). We took it off, anyway, but that wouldn't be a good long-term solution, from a wear-and-tear point of view. It would be a little tough on the wood screws. Anyway, once I narrowed down the requirements:

1. Folding
2. Removable back beam
3. At least 30" weaving width

... the Mighty Wolf was the only one that seemed viable! I considered waiting a couple months and getting a Cherry one, but the combination of cost and wanting to get started, now, drove me to go ahead and order a Maple one.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Earth Guild Scarf

I showed the Earth Guild Scarf started on my rigid heddle loom in a mid June Weaving Update, but I never got around to posting a finished product picture. I wove it in two days, so the delay is showing the scarf doesn't represent weaving time!

Earth Guild Rigid Heddle Scarves - Shadow Play  - Done

The Earth Guild source information is in the Weaving Update post linked above.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bullseye Bags

I finished my Bullseye Twill purses. I managed two out of my woven cloth. I pressed to get them done over the weekend, so that I could gift one of them to my weaving instructor on the last day. Yes, I finished my weaving lessons... more on that, soon...

Here are the purses:

Bullseye - Woven Bags

Bullseye - Silver Bag

Bullseye - Bronze Bag

I ordered purse frames from American Purse Supplies, and they have wonderful instructions available for making the purses to fit the frames, including which interfacing and glue to use, fabric cutting templates, and so forth. Very helpful.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

P.S. If you live in the St. Louis area, the Summer's Last Blast Yarn Crawl starts today!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Last Day

I finished my 12 ounces of Hello Yarn "Blossom" on Finn, for a total of 898 yards. The photo is pre-washing, but I made it before the end of the last day!

TdF Last Day - HY Blossom

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Day 19

Two full bobbins of Hello Yarn "Blossom." (Four ounces, total.)

TdF Day 19- Blossom 2 full bobbins

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Weaving Lessons

Here is what I've been working on in my weaving lessons...

Lessons - Weaving Started 2

Lessons - Weaving Started 1

These are the "Fiesta Towels" from Weaver’s Craft, April/May 2000. I'm using Webs 5/2 perle cotton. The loom is a Harrisville Designs 22" folding floor loom.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Day 18

Yesterday was a rest day (which I needed). I've just started my second bobbin of Hello Yarn "Blossom" on Finn.

TdF Day 18 - Blossom bobbin 2

Today is another weaving day, so no more spinning, today! I'm very excited about weaving lessons, today. I've finished threading and wound onto the back beam last week. I'm ready to tie onto the front beam and begin weaving, tonight. Yay!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pup Tent

Mitchell watched some Harry Potter movies while I was spinning, today. He got out his pup tent for the occasion.

Pup Tent

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tour de Fleece - Day 16

Here is a group shot of all six of the Ivy League Kit yarns:

TdF Day 16 - SCF Semi-solid shetland all done

And the first two ounces of Hello Yarn, "Blossom" on Finn, the May 2013 club fiber.
TdF Day 16 - Blossom Bobbin One

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Zoo Trip

We made a trip to the zoo today.

Zoo 1
Mitchell had some help feeding the rays

Zoo 2 - feeding rays
He really enjoyed the extra attention!

Zoo 3
Playing in the mister

Zoo 4 - Gorilla
The silver-back came out to put on a bit of a show. His whole demeanor seemed to say, "If I could get over there..."

Zoo 5
It was a beautiful day, and perfect for being out and about

Zoo 6 - Giraffe
The adolescent giraffe toyed with his neighbor

Zoo 7 - Giraffe
Who Me?

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tour de Fleece - Day 15

"Cactus" is done!

TdF Day 15 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

Happy Knitting, Lisa Kay

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Day 14

I've missed a couple days of posting, but I've been spinning at least a bit every day. I've got two full bobbins of "Cactus" ready to ply.

TdF Day 14 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Day 11

Day 10 was a rest day, along with the bikers. Next Monday will, also. I did spin a bit in the evening, though, and I just popped in this morning to post progress... Today is a weaving lesson day, so I won't be spinning any more, tonight.

Here is Oasis, washed and fluffed, and the first bobbin of Cactus on the wheel.

TdF Day 10 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

This will be the last of six colors in the Ivy League Vest, and then I'll move on to something else...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Day 9

I spun a whole bump of my Ivy League Kit, and I even plied it this afternoon, though I haven't washed it or taken photos, yet. One color to go!

TdF Day 9 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Day 8

"Pebble" is washed and fluffed, and I finished the second bobbin of "Cornstalk."

TdF Day 8 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, July 5, 2013

Interest in Pinterest

You might notice a new feature... If you "mouse over" a photo, a little Pinterest symbol comes up. That allows you to "pin" the photo on your Pinterest board. I just recently started using Pinterest. Some friends at work told me to go check it out some time ago, but I had some trouble getting it to work. Long story short, I have a new internet service (same provider, different technology). Between that and a few other tweaks, things are working better, and my ability to load Pinterest is one of the benefits.

So, I'm just getting started with the thing, but I really like it. Lots of cool crafty stuff! "Pinning" means (as far as I can tell) putting a copy of a picture on your boards, which provides a link to the original site and a place to put your own comments. It is a great way to keep track of nifty ideas or favorite photos (and links to helpful tips, recipes, etc). I have mostly been just browsing through other pins and occasionally "re-pinning" something. It occurred to me to wonder how things get pinned the first time, and so I started searching on the topic. It turns out that you can add a tool to your own browser so that you can pin any picture from another blog or site (even it if doesn't have "mouse over" pin it links). There are instructions for Mozilla here. There are also instructions for creating the "mouse over" button on Blogger here.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tour de Fleece - Day 7

I'm trucking along on my Ivy League Kit, just finishing the third color and starting the fourth.

TdF Day 7 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Days 5 and 6

Yesterday and today I spun another bump of the Ivy League Kit. If I ply it this evening, I'll be half done with the six colors in the kit.

TdF Day 6 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Day 4

I've plied the "Toffee," and I have 282 yards, just the same as the "Red Dahlia." That is strangely consistent, for me. I'm usually all over the place from one skein to the next. We'll see how the next four colors go...

TdF Day 4 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

That's all the spinning for me, today. I have a weaving lesson after work, today. I have been getting home from lessons after normal bed time.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, July 1, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Day Three

My second bobbin of "Toffee."

TdF Day 3 - SCF Semi-solid shetland

Tomorrow is weaving night (lessons), so I may not get much done. Perhaps I can get "Toffee" plied tonight and tomorrow morning...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay