May 2007

May 25th, 2007 - We Have a Problem

I am in love with weaving. Absolutely in love. I feel like I am having some kind of affair on my knitting. I had my second class on Tuesday, and I love it so much I seem to have kinda motored ahead

So much so that I forgot to take any pictures until the instructor told me I had to stop and go home.

In this class we threaded the heddles at the back, and they "sleyed" the reed with the warp. These were then tied onto the apron, and away I went! I am more then halfway through my first placemat.

I have started looking at what floor loom I want to buy. I am hoping to get a chance next class to at least sit at a couple and get an idea of what kind feels most natural to me. I have been doing a lot of research as well. I think I want a 45" loom, as that gives me enough width to do blankets, and I think I want counterbalance rather then jack (quieter, which TJ and my neighbours would appreciate). 4 shaft I think will be enough. And my instructor suggested to buy LeClerc, as the parts are easy to find and it is Canadian made.

Reading sweetgeorgia's weaving posts is definitely not helping to curb the affair...


May 16th, 2007 - Another New Art

As most of my readers and friends know, I need another hobby like I need a hole in my head. However, I get really bored when I am not learning new things. I have wanted to learn how to weave for a very long time, and a course finally came up that I could attend at the Burr House.

Last night was my first lesson with our fearless leader, Anne. I didn't take any pictures of the class members yet (it was only the first day, I try not to scare people off) but I did take some pictures of what will become 4 placemats

This is a warping board, showing my "threading cross", where you measure out the materials that you will need for the warps on the loom.

This is all my warp threads strung onto the lease sticks at the back. This is before the addition of the raddle (I know most of these terms don't make sense to anyone that doesn't weave, but I need to write them down somewhere for future reference!)

This is after I have split up the warp threads over the raddle, and have started to wind them onto the back apron (you can see the front apron - canvas white thing at the bottom there).

This was as far as we got in this class (it only took three hours) and I was told it is called "rolling one on".

I think I am really going to enjoy weaving, I found the repetitive nature of winding the warp threads very soothing. I wonder if there is enough room in my studio for a loom....


May 13th, 2007 - New Acquisition

Recently I tried my hand at ribbon embroidery, and quickly realized that I needed a better method to store my ribbon (rather than having it all tangled up in a box). So TJ and I worked on a little holder

A nice neat little way to store and dispense my ribbons. The end on the right comes off to allow the dowels to slide out (so more ribbon can be added)

The end is held on by magnets from one of my favourite stores. Thanks for the help T!

Having this piece has allowed me to easily try out a bit of ribbon embroidery

Just a couple of little flowers to test my hand. I think I would like to get into more of these, particularly for cards and what not.

Happy Mother's Day!


May 10th, 2007 - Cards

Recently I have started to do more crafting in the card department. I never understood why stamping was so popular, but once I started doing some research I realized that you can do a lot more with it then I thought.

So, I thought I would set up a little gallery of the cards that I have done so that I can remember what I have worked on and who I have sent them to. For now though, here are a couple recent examples

A birthday card for a family member

A new baby card for a co-worker

A going away card for a co-worker

I now understand how people can get addicted to this stuff. So much fun!


May 8th, 2007 - A Gift For Me!

I was lucky enough recently to become Natalie's 3000th commenter. For a prize, she sent along some very beautiful Opal sock yarn

It has beautiful pinks, creams and browns that are just so me. The colour is called Petticoat.

Thank you so much Natalie, I can't wait to get started on these! Everyone pop over and help Natalie get her next 3000 comments.


May 1st, 2007 - Gift Wrap (Up)

Since last summer, I have been almost totally focused on making gifts for family and friends, and have only knit two items for myself in a year (both were socks, Trekking and Lornas). Since then, I have knit/made

As well, last spring there were also two sweaters and a crochet hook case. Now I know it sounds a little "high and mighty" to list all my gift giving, I am doing this mainly so I have a record and don't repeat anything for anyone!

That being said, it is time to knit some things for myself (Sockapalooza socks aside). I REALLY want to finish Inspired Cables, which I have been working on for a year. It has become some kind of selfish knitting nemesis. I only have 3/4 of the front to go, and I am done. Someone give me some encouragement and tell me that this thing is at least going to look good on me, ok?

I am also working on a pair of socks for me, which will be completed in a couple of days. Just your usual mindless car knitting. I am thinking that after that, I need a quick felted project as a pick me up, and then I am finally going to make Rogue (little behind the times I am).

As a reward for knitting for myself (is that something you should reward yourself for?) I am saving up a little bit of the hobby budget for June. I just found out that in conjunction with a work related trip to Vienna, I am going to be able to detour to Wales on my way home and visit some good friends of mine. And there is no way I am going all the way to the UK without buying some Rowan! Anyone know of some Rowan yarn/patterns I should have a look at? Anything high on your favourites lists?


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