Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Loom is Calling Me

I am trying to get myself back into weaving. Every time I read Syne Mitchell's on line weaving magazine Weavezine , or listen to her podcast, Weavecast , I get so excited and think I can weave forever. Then I pick up some knitting and start knitting like crazy, the looms are crying from neglect.

The excuse I tried to use for not using my 4 harness loom was that the bar I tie the warp on to was too long. Well, I had another one cut. There is no excuse now.

The 8 harness LeClerc was not weaving currently. I brought new tie up strings and put them on but have not tried to weave anything to see if I have fixed the problem. I really do not like the loom, I brought it used without trying it out and was disappointed with it from the beginning. I would like to get another one but have to get rid of this one and the counter balance that is not being used.

The Ashford Table loom has been sitting there with a warp that I have not completely put on for about a year. I do not have any excuse, except I do not remember what pattern I had started and will have to take the time to see what I have done to this point.

The counter balance loom, I brought that one used to make rugs. I made a few rag rugs and now use it as a yarn rack.

It is time to hide my knitting needles and get back to work.

I do have some things to share.... the clapotis is finished. This was
e June KAL with LetsKnit2gether Ravelers.

I used Ashford Tekapo in Forest. Since this will be a fall/winter shawl, I purchased Ashford's Tekapo solid color in rust to make a hat.

I looked at the Clapotis Hat pattern on Ravelry but do not like it.

Finally Mr. Greenjean's is complete. I was able to finish the button band while waiting for my car to be serviced. Really love this yarn from Mooncake Yarn Inc.

The yarn used in this was a worsted weight, the color is olive and so soft.

On my needles is Pink Mimosa from the Interweave Press Pattern Store. I was searching the web patterns trying to find something to do with all that Plymouth Linen Isle that I had purchased. Lo and Behold, the Pink Mimosa uses this yarn. It is a wrap sleeveless cardigan with scalloped Feather lace band. Lots of stockinette.........

Whenever I finish, it will be pretty. I emailed a lady on Ravelry that was making the same cardigan to ask a question and she wants to do this as a KAL with just the two of us. For some reason, I said that it would be a great idea.

Now with family news.....My daughter has decided to change careers. She has been a project coordinator for the last few years and had gotten fed up with corporate life. She decided to go for her dream. She started culinary school recently,....may I present the next Rachel Ray. Okay, she does not plan on having a tv show or working in a restaurant except to intern but is leaning toward being either a personal chef, food stylist, or product research & development specialist.

I only wish I had that kind of nerve when I was young to go for my dream. I wanted to be an interior decorator. Oh well....may in my next life.

I go with my daughter and son-in-law to the Renaissance Faire here in Maryland. I have made a skirt and have pirate pants as a change but did not have a purse. My daughter brought me one. Here it is laying on my skirt...A good match don't you think!!!

I guess I am going to end this with talking about knitting, I just can not get away from it. I have so many projects waiting in the wings.

Anyway, LetsKnit2gother (A great video podcast) is on Ravelry as I mentioned before. The July KAL is socks. I always have a pair of socks on the needle so this is an easy KAL.

The August KAL is the Morning Surf Scarf that you will spin the yarn and then knit the scarf. This is a free pattern and looks great. At the
Homespun Yarn Party on March 3oth in Takoma Park, MD, I brought this Merino fiber in the colorway Chocolate Covered Cherries from Crash Into Ewe.
I like to spin in the evening, so I will try to actually have my yarn spun this month and be able to start knitting the scarf in August.

On Friday, our local yarn store, Eleganza Yarns is having there FIRST ever Pajama Party! Besides the knitting and nosh, the GRAND PRIZE for Best Slippers Contest. Wait until you see the slippers I am wearing. I had to dig them out of the Salvation Army box I was getting together. There will also be Pajama Party Soundtrack available for download on iTunes. .

I was lucky enough to go to the Eleganza Ravelry Appreciation party (aka Margarita Night) in June. There were goodies bags and so much food that I was stuffed.

That's me in the turquoise under the umbrella. No, I did not drink any Margarita's..there would have been no knitting or driving home.

Well, I am out of here. Have some knitting, spinning, and weaving to do. Oh yes, I do plan on eating and sleeping somewhere in there.

My daughter and I have been doing yarn crawls in Maryland and Virginia on Monday's which is the only day that she has off from school except for the weekends and I don't get to see her on the weekends with their busy life. I have found some gems that I can hardly wait to tell you about.

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