Friday, May 30, 2014

Some FO's

Over the last several weeks, I have only been in the Studio in fits and starts, but I do have a few Finished Objects to show you, finally!
These were technicaly finished before last weeks retreat, and I wanted to post about them last week, but I figured that  they could wait until this week, as I knew that last week would not be a good Studio week. (Are you confused yet?)

First, I am happy to announce that the last obligation blanket is off the loom, and finished, just not delivered yet!  Plans are in the works for a special order blanket for my youngest daughter new baby, due in November.  We will finalize the colors once we know if it is a boy or a girl.  I am really loving my new blanket design, and everybody I show them to is just as enthusiastic about them as I am!
I combed up a box full of top from the fleeces from the Museum of Appalachia last week, for them to have on hand for their spinners.  It is super soft and springy!  Next, I want to spin up a couple of skeins for them to display in the shop.

I am working pretty steadily on the loom with the Hollywood warp that I adapted for placemats/runners.  The piece in the picture on the left is woven with t-shirt strips, it is a nice soft runner of about 36 inches, if I remember correctly.

 Next I dove into deep stash to do a hit and miss runner.  I really wanted to stretch my color comfort zone, and I was really pleased with the outcome, this is also a runner.

Before I did these last two runners, I had looked in my inventory bins, and remembered that I needed to replace  a couple of placemats and a runner to complete a set that had been broken up in one of the shows.  I dutifully wove them first, then I was free to play a little bit.  I will probable repeat the 2 new runners so that they are not all alone on the shelves come this falls shows.

I am trying to get this placemat/runner warp finished, I really can't tell how many more yards are on the back beam because I used paper as a packing.  That is my least favorite packing medium, I really prefer sticks and blind slats.  This warp is on the loom that I want to try a weighted warp system, for several reasons.   I have the equipment that I need, all I need now is an empty loom!

I managed to finish a pair of sock this week, the pattern is a freeby on Ravelry.  It is Hermione's Everyday Socks.  I used Panda Wool sock wt. yarn, in the Bluebell colorway.  

I am also this week, working on the Featherweight Cardigan that you can  find on Ravelry, though you will have to buy that pattern.  I really love the way this yarn is knitting up!  I am using some yarn that has been in my closet for over 2 years, it is a lace yarn, "Shadow" I think, from Knit Picks and it is the Jeweled Heather color.  (I don't believe they are making this yarn anymore)
I say that it was in my closet and not my stash, and that is because I had previously knit this yarn into a shawl.  I love knitting shawls, but I have found that I never wear them.  So after 2 years on the shelf, I ripped it out, soaked it and let it dry in the skeins with no added weight.

I chose the Featherweight Cardigan because of it's simple lines, and it's top down construction.  Since it is top down,  I have been able to try the sweater on as I go, and I do believe that it is going to fit.  If it does, it will get a lot of use this fall when the temperatures start dropping.  Just this morning started the ribbing on the bottom of the sweater.  I plan to make it about 1 inch longer in the body of the sweater and in the sleeves as well, based on the picture on the pattern and the schematics.

Next week, I am going to have grandkids for a couple of days, but I am hoping to keep at it and get that warp off the loom before much longer.

Until next time, Happy Spinning and Weaving, Tina

As I go about my day, I am listening to the Must Stash podcast, the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin podcast, the Just One More Row podcast, and the Stash and Burn podcast. (to name a few) What are you listening to?


LA said...

Hooray for finished projects!!!! They sure make you feel great! I'm really loving that new sweater!

Maggie said...

Lots of stuff going on at your place! I love finishing things!