Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

I haven't forgotten you. In fact I have been madly looking around for what I can share with you and very conscious of  how long its been since the last post. There's no project ready for a big reveal. In fact it seems that everything is "in between" and no matter how much time I spend weaving, there's nothing to show you. So I thought I'll show you what I do have...

There's a satisfying inch and a half on the cloth roll on the Louet Spring.  I'm on towel number seven of nine and doing plaid turned twill.  I'm calling this 'Drall Style' treadling... (my invented phrase) and its a slower slog now that I'm constantly changing colours.

I'm mindful that the end is eventually coming to this apparently never ending warp and so have a project planned and dug out some likely yarns for winding the warp...  silks!

Looks like I have a whole lotta ball winding to do first!

The Woolhouse loom has the snowflake twill scarves on it and nothing has changed there.... and its keeping nicely.

The Megado has seen action. I cut the old warp off and had to get something on it right away. I wanted to be able to have a learning warp, use more shafts, practise the program and weaving action, be able to have something useful and not be worried if I had to start over...... so, book marks fit that that list!

Another linen and cotton combo, sett 50 epi and a draft that I made up one evening playing on Fiberworks PCW. This is treadled as threaded and its two inches wide. I already had one bookmark go south on me and so I simply moved the warp and started again. Perfect! I'm having trouble learning how to 'unweave' when a mistake or float is detected as I have to go into the program and scroll through and click unweave. In a long treadling sequence, if I miss the right pick I have to work out how to get back etc.  Its  a lot slower than simply going backwards on the other "Luddite" looms.  Perhaps once I learn how to do it right the first time, I won't have to go through quite so much effort!

Want to see something silly?

Yup, a two inch wide warp on a 45 inch loom.

I also started knitting last spring and stopped when the weather got too warm. It felt icky in my hands and too hot on my lap. So here's my first effort!  

Its not washed or blocked as yet, which I'm told will improve the overall appearance. Its soft like a cloud and it is for me. There are a few 'questionable' places but bunched up around my neck this winter, it will look just fine. The yarn was Louet's Kidlin and its a softly plied (barely plied) yarn and I had difficulty with the plies and so it was slow going. The entire scarf used one skein which I think was 50 grams. Knitting and weaving use very different terminology and such. Another learning curve!

So I'm making another....same pattern.

Its a merino wool and the feel is quite different. It keeps my hands busy at night (and keeps me from aimlessly wandering the internet.)

I also have been reorganizing my samples..... here's one of two binders for my personal samples:

You can get a fair amount into one binder!

Here are a couple of pages from recent projects you might recognize...  I use the heavy duty non glare protective sleeves (don't let the flash fool you!)

So, in addition to my two full binders, I have these six more filled with samples from individual weavers and guilds:

Now bear in mind that I have been slowly collecting samples from guilds and friends since 1996. Two friends have their own dedicated binders!

This one alone is Dorothy's  and its full. Time for a new one. (Happy Birthday Dorothy by the way!  :)   When you are stuck for ideas and inspiration, nothing beats sitting down and looking at a real sample.  So, its starts with a little 12 inches extra on your next warp!

So that's about it for news. Its our usual winter rains and very blah. Halloween tonight but no one ever comes for treats as we're the creepy house at the end of a long driveway in the trees. But we have to have some candy in the house just in case you know!

Bye for now


Linda said...

Well how much fun was that....for having 'nothing' to show. I'll bet you're about ready for those lovely towels to be finished. I love to see a nice roll of fabric on the cloth beam! These towels are just such a great combination of colors! There is something funny about a 2" warp on a 45" loom with crazy capabilities! But you are putting those capabilities to good use in those little two inches. Ethan is a PUNKIN! And YAY YOU for the knitting! Especially taking your maiden voyage with Kidlin, as it's awfully hard to TINK with a fuzzy fiber. I'm guessing you didn't have much tinkling to do at all! ...wonderful! Blocking is always magical. Wear this beautiful piece in good health and treasure it as 'your first' forever. (and I didn't realize it was Dorothy's birthday, so I'd best get my belated wishes on their way!). Enjoy!

Marion B. said...

You are so busy and you make such beautiful items. Your grandchild is cute :-)
Happy weaving, and knitting.

mormor said...

Jag tycke dina handdukar blir väldigt fina. Du har satt ihop SÅ fina färger
och så är du ju en mycket skicklig väverska!
Du har varit mycket flitig tycker jag.
Många hälsningar Monika.

Linda said...

Loved hearing your grandson - what a bright happy boy! Your weaving is inspirational, woven towels are on my project list. LOL - the bookmarks are beautiful but that does look silly!

Susan Harvey said...

This is a Bing Translation of Monika's comment (Thank you Monika!)

I think your towels are very fine. You have assembled the VERY nice colors
and so, you are a very talented väverska!{weaver?}
You have been very diligent in my opinion.
Many greetings Monika.

Anonymous said...

Wow is that little one growing fast he is a cutie pie! Susan, I laughed at the little 2 inch bookmarks on your big loom - but what beautiful work! Your knitting is coming along nicely!

Hope Bruce is on the mend and feeling chipper.

Hug Callie for me.

Dorothy Stewart said...

Hi there ! many thanks for birthday wishes !! have had too many of them for my liking !
You have so many things on the go, I don't know how you cope, I would get confused !
You have done well with your knitting, not easy yarn for a first project. You will enjoy it in the winter it will be surprisingly warm and cosy.
Great fun to see 'my' folder, and I have a big pile of samples needing to be sent over to add to the file.
A great post full of interesting things ! Thank you.

charlotte said...

Looks like you've been very busy! I quite envy you you're sample binders, there's nothing like a large sample collection, it's like an encyclopedia, containing a wealth of information. What a cute grandchild you have :-)