Thursday, July 3, 2014

There and Back, Again

 The reason to travel is not only to have time to knit, but it doesn't hurt! I made two pairs of socks, two pairs of slippers, and most of a sweater (the hood and half a sleeve left). All this while we saw
rainforests (Hoh in Washington's Olympic peninsula),

rivers (this was the Fraser River passing through Hell's Gate, BC, Canada),

goats,

glaciers (standing on a glacier in the Columbia Icefields, looking up to two others),

dinosaurs (Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada),

deer (in the middle of Waterton Village, not four yards from our hotel),

waterfalls (Bridal Veil in BC),

whorls (in an incredible, Viking exhibit at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria)

(and Coast Salish in another exhibit at the same museum)

fluff (couldn't figure out what tree this was from, but thought about collecting enough to try spinning...)

flowers (we hit wildflower season)

and yarn

(in this lovely shop in Kalispell, Montana)!

This totem was in Duncan, Vancouver Island.

She who taught us to weave.

I came home with lots of yummy wood. The spoon from a store outside Glacier Park. The spurtle is a traditional porridge stirrer I bought in Barkerville, BC. And the two un-named tools (what are they called?), Ed at Glimakra USA made. They're used to hold unused heddles. No more heddle tangles! Yay!  
We were lucky to be able to visit with him and MaryJean (at Glimakra USA) when we drove through Montana. Unfortunately, we missed Joanne. But it was a lovely visit. We got to tour their work spaces and felt very welcomed. 

I was restrained. The many cones of yarn I bought from Glimakra don't count as expanding my stash. This is the only fiber I bought. It's tussah silk from the above pictured yarn store

And when we got home, one year after starting this project, I picked up the never-ending needlepoint from the framer.

Monday, May 26, 2014

I Did it!


I did it! I finished the grocery totes!
These are from the yardage Sophie and I were playing with. They're beautiful and functional, but I think I'll sett them closer next time. Maybe instead of 36 ends per inch, 40 or 42. Although it may change the pattern somewhat, I'd like the cloth to be a little more dense. The pattern is a crackle weave from handweaving.net.   
At work, I have to pick up and put down my knitting at a moment's notice. So, I was desperate for a row counter of sorts to keep track of this pattern. The pretty stone counter/markers I bought were a little too heavy for sock knitting. And I kept forgetting which row I was on when using them. The bead store didn't have number beads, but they did have letters. It works!



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In Process and Making Progress

I'm in the process of and making progress towards finishing some projects. 
Here's a better picture of those socks I made for my nephew.


I made a yummy challah on Friday that was enjoyed by all. However, it has been requested that I give whole wheat a try from now on. There goes my perfect recipe. I'll have to start from scratch on the new one.

As you can see, this 60/2 silk from Redfish Dyeworks is cut. I've never worked with anything this fine before. I'm waiting for the 30 dent per inch reed (it's like a fine-toothed comb for keeping the threads organized) to come from Glimakra.


While I'm waiting, I'm preparing another warp. This is more of the 8/2 cotton I bought from Glimakra USA. By wrapping the yarn repeatedly, back and forth, along the same path on this warping frame, each piece will be the same length.                         If you squint at the bottom right of the picture, you can see the green yardage that's ready to come off of Sophie for the grocery totes.




I decided to make a sample. I know, I know. Will miracles never cease?! Anyway, it's a good thing that I did. As different as these yarns are, the Shadow Weave pattern hardly shows. I'm glad I haven't wasted more time and energy on this.


These are the current socks in process. And, No. They are not that pink. Will I never figure out how to get the colors right with the camera? Since they're toe-up, I'm knitting them at the same time, from both ends of the ball.           In the background, do you see that exquisite tool? It's a rolling pin my hubby and I bought at Grist and Toll for Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Silly grin

I'm having so much fun with Sophie. I find that I have a silly grin on my face while I'm weaving!
This is a 10/2 pearl cotton, 36epi done in a 6 shaft crackle weave. The warp is more of a bright yellow than it shows. This is the yardage I'd like to use to make some grocery totes.
And these socks are for my nephew. They're knitted toe-up with Mountain Colors sock yarn that is a darker blue than it appears.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The "After" pictures...Non-fiber

I have been working on knitting a pair of socks and designing and dressing Sophie for some yardage. And a sweater I knitted only needs to be blocked. But the big project in our home has been taking up most of my time. If you click here, you'll see the "before" pictures. But below are the "after" pictures. It's mostly done! I think it just needs some handwoven towels and a curtain. Hmmm... What color(s)?
I've been waiting nigh on 25 years to re-do this, our master bathroom. The river rock feels So good on my feet!

Fancy rainfall showerhead.

A cabinet with Drawers!!!

And even an easy to clean toilet!!!

Just two years ago, this was all dirt.

I still have a plant here and there to add, but it's pretty amazing!

The path is almost right. Now, just to figure out how to make some raised beds in the corner.

It makes me smile!

Friday, March 28, 2014

While I do paperwork and prep...I admire other people's shared work

I'm finally buckling down and doing some planning and design and math for my next projects. I'd like to make a grocery tote. And I'm sampling to see how a couple of my stash yarns work together for a scarf. In the meantime, I had a tour with one friend and show-and-tell with another.

Joy Krauthammer learned to weave in the 70's at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art.

They told her, "you can't".


She said, "but look!"

Double weave and manipulation.


Cactus in the sunset.


More double weave.

Some lucky baby is going to get Maureen's lovely M's and O's baby blanket.

This is the yardage she's going to use for her grocery tote. The hand (the way the cloth feels) is perfect for it's purpose.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some Old Projects

I'm pleased to say, I've been getting to some old projects. Two of my UFO's (unfinished objects) have been completed. It's such a relief to get things off of my To Do list.

This is Habu 24. It's another of the silk yarns with the stainless steel core. I decided to leave off the pattern's collar. It's a lot of fun to knit. I like the Japanese style pattern. I do not like how easily it snags.        I also went back and re-did the band on the red sweater, for the third time. I just didn't like the way it hung on me before.

And here is my next big project. This is the master bathroom's shower floor after it's been scrubbed clean. Besides the extreme wear, the shower pan is shot.

We have a settling problem, too. And, the floor should have 18 inches between wood beams. It has four feet.

The sink is cracked.

And the floor is in need of floor. I'm so excited to finally have it all done! Stay tuned!

Remember my backyard project? It's progressing nicely. Most of it is without my assistance. Even with the drought, it's been growing like crazy! There's only a little weeding to do. And I'm working on the new path.

There's a little frost damage that I need to see to and some weed type grass that needs to be dug out, again.

I love that there's always something blooming.

I've been making the time to play with dough, again. We found a new supplier for flour called Grist and Toll. This loaf is from a recipe I'd called bland when I made it with store bought flour. It's all whole wheat. It's incredible now. And it tastes as good as it looks!