Friday, May 31, 2013

Woven

I did not sleep a whole lot last night... and I took today off! :)

I wove my first scarf, well, more of a shawl, actually, given the width. I used Noro Silk Garden for the weft.

Weaving
First Woven Rows

Weaving
First Cloth Rolled Onto The Cloth Beam

Weaving
Cloth Off The Loom (not washed, yet)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Warped

I warped the loom this morning. I used some advice from Amy Singer on Knitty, using two tables instead of one, placing the warping peg on a separate little table. I also used the Ashford guidance on warping solo. One weird thing is that I had the "back beam" up against a wall, so I had to reach across the loom to pull the yarn around the warping stick. It worked out OK, though. I just had to detach it and turn it around to wind the warp onto the back beam.(One lesson learned... put the warping peg on the far side of the table from the loom, not the near side. When I was about half done, the peg slipped off, because of the tension pulling it slightly toward the loom. Before putting all the loops back on, I turned the table around. Duh.

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Direct warping using the warping peg

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Warp wound onto the back beam

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Warp tied onto the front warping stick

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Ready to weave (three rows of waste yarn, to be removed later)

The yarn is Zen Yarn Garden sock yarn in "Navy Spritz," which was left over from my Glacial Stripes socks. The striped socks used less than half of a normal pair's worth of yarn.

While the rigid heddle looms are typically used to make simple weaves because of only having two shed positions, there are ways to extend it further... One of the ways is with the "second heddle" option. There are some great tips on Ask the Bellwether for weaving "three shaft patterns" with a rigid heddle loom.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Looming

My 20" Ashford Knitter's Loom arrived, today. It looks like Mitchell thinks it is his.

Loom

Loom

Let the weaving begin!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mimsy

We had a "stay at home" Memorial Day weekend. It gave me a chance to do a bit of spinning. I worked up a single 4 oz dose of the Pigeonroof Studios spin along fiber, "Mimsy," on superwash Merino.

Mimsy

Mimsy

Mimsy

249 yards worsted.

Thanks to all those who serve and have served.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Travelin' Socks

I finally finished up some socks I have had on the needles since late February. I have worked on them almost exclusively when traveling, since I've been focusing on sweaters, otherwise. I find socks to be my best travel knitting, because I can carry them on the plane without taking an extra carry-on bag. I just use a cosmetics bag for my sock knitting, and the whole bag fits into the top of my purse.

I used a striped sock pattern called "Burning Stripes" from the "3 Sheets to the Wind" blog. It uses a "Boomerang Heel," which is a new thing to me, but not that different from a short row heel. Because of the graduated stripes, it calls for a long-color-transition yarn for at least one of the yarns. I used Skacel Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball in a blue-black-green colorway "Submarine," and contrasted with a Zen Yarn Garden semi-solid in a club colorway, "Navy Spritz."



In some places, the colors blended together a bit, but I'm happy with them.

glacial stripes - 3

glacial stripes - 2

glacial stripes - 1

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Heritage Days

We went to Lewis and Clark Heritage Days in St. Charles, MO, today. I certainly enjoyed the weaving! The tent with the loom was the first thing I saw when I came into the area. Chris said, "Uh, oh." :)

Pioneer Days 4

The children's area had several activities, including a "military" tent where they showed the kids how to throw hatchets and then taught them how to start a fire with flint and steel.

Pioneer Days 7

There were bag pipers and horses, and people in a wide array of garb, from kilts to Revolutionary War era costume.

Pioneer Days 5

Most of the costumes looked entirely too warm on our 90 degree F and high humidity day. We did our best to stay in the shade.

Pioneer Days 1

Pioneer Days 2

Pioneer Days 3

Pioneer Days 6

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Standing Stones and A Twinkle in My Eye

In late April, I spun up my oldest bag of Southern Cross Fibre (SCF), as part of "Clubless April." Because SCF was doing a change-over in club ordering process, there was a month without fiber, and folks started discussing what to do, what to do (because none of us has any significant build up of fiber inventory, of course... Hah!) The group launched into spinning their oldest colorway. I had "Standing Stones" on South African Merino/Corrie blend from a "destash" before I even got into club. (Long waiting list.)

I spun up some singles, which still makes me a little nervous... The plying always seems to even things out! I spun some long-wool singles in TdF last year, Wensleydale and Masham, and my Aftur yarns were singles of Merino and mixed batts... but I still "worry" when I make singles.

SCF - Standing Stones

These singles turned out a bit finer than a really wanted, but I'm pretty happy with them. I really don't know what I'll make, yet. It occurs to me that they might weave into a nice scarf, perhaps with a brown sock yarn as warp...

Yes, yes, I have the weaving bug. I need to get signed up for lessons before I get all carried away a buy something that won't fit in my house in the first place. Maybe I need to displace the Lego storage cabinet... Hmmm.

Chris is aware that I am getting antsy about weaving. I’ve been looking through my “Learning to Weave” book, and I’ve got my first copy of “Hand Woven” magazine… which he picked up and paged through and actually read some articles. He’s starting to pick up a few of the terms, and he definitely knows what a loom is, that I’m thinking of getting one, and how much room it may take up, depending on what I end up getting.

He was sitting by me on on the couch when I was looking at some of the "studio" posts the other day, and I gasped on one of them, and he said, “What?” I said, “It’s a loo-o-om.” He said, ”Loom doesn’t have three syllables.” (The "studio" link is to a Ravelry forum post. If you aren't on Ravelry, you can see the picture in question, here.)

Chris offered to take me to the "knit store" for Mother's Day. I said, "I don't need any more yarn." (I didn't actually admit that, did I? Nonsense!) Well, he had something altogether different in mind... and we ended up at The Weaving Department over on Dunn Rd. I teased him about the "loo-o-om," and he said he might get me a shuttle. He's so funny.

Actually, it may be quite a gesture just to concede the floor space... My candidates are changing hourly. Here is one twinkle in my eye...

By the way, in all the "studio" posting, I took some pictures of my own and posted them in the forum. Here they are for the blog...

I took a picture of each corner, from the opposite corner, in my craft room. It is one of three bedrooms in my house.

Studio 1

Studio 2

Studio 3

Studio 4

And yes, yes, the closet is full of fiber...

I suppose, if I moved the spinning wheel, I could put a loom right in the middle... It needs to be portable and be able to be set up in the living room or be "put away." Hmmm.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Own Lego Store

St. Louis had the official opening of its own Lego Store this weekend in the West County Mall. We don't normally go quite that far west, but we made an exception...

The line looked a bit intimidating, winding out the corrals, down the mall to the first maintenance hallway, and then turning down that hallway. I saw a lot of people shaking their heads. It only took us about half an hour to get into the store. (Now that I say that, it sounds kind of silly, but the drive was longer!)

Lego 1

Mitchell was fairly patient about the line. Actually, the biggest problem we had with the line was that there was a hermit crab vendor near the line, and it led to a discussion of not having a pet... a current disappointment for him.

Lego 2

The store staff managed the line very well, keeping people from trying to join the line at the corner (instead of down the maintenance hall), and entertaining the folks about to enter the store. The first guy was starting to lose his voice. The lady behind me in line said that she had been in the mall earlier in the week and there were only five people in the store... no one knew it was open. (Of course we didn't. It wasn't advertised to be open until May 10!)

Lego 3

Everyone was much happier once inside, of course!

Lego 3-5

The cubby holes had Lego dioramas in them, custom, apparently. Of course, there were many kits assembled in large cases, too.

Lego 4

Lego 5

Lego 6

The store mainly has kits available widely in other stores (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) and on line. A couple of different things they have are the "make your own minifigure" stand, where you pick a head, body, legs, hair or hat, and one accessory per minifigure. They also have an "open stock" area in the back where you can pick a canister size and put as many parts into it as you want, for one canister price. If you just want a certain size for some reason, that would be the way to go...

Lego 7

Chris noted that the light fixtures were shaped like large scale Lego connections.

All in all, a successful outing.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sweater Status: Classic Cardigan

I've been knitting here and there between spinning and working some long hours lately... I'm working on the Classic Cardigan at home, and a pair of socks when I'm on the road. More on the socks, later... I've finished the basic body section of the sweater, without front bands, pocket bands, or neck band.

classic cardigan

I've cast on the sleeves and have about six inches, knitting both at once. I would be farther along, but I had to rip back a bit due to working decreases instead of increases for the shaping. Duh!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay