Wednesday, November 18, 2015

More Weaving

At our second weaving class we all came back with a scarf we had finished at home. I wove a second scarf using a purple boucle. It weaves the same way as it knits - a bit tricky.

Linda showed us how to make the fringe to finish our scarves and then we moved on to more weaving.

We warped the looms again so we could practice weaving with two colours, weaving a lacy pattern, weaving with fabric and making loops.

It was lots of fun and I'm still hooked!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

I Learned to Weave!

A few weeks ago, myself and three other Knitting Goddesses took a learn to weave class at Little Red Mitten.

I was secretly hoping that I wouldn't like it. I wanted to be able to say that I'd tried it, learned the basics, didn't really care for it and would rather stick with my knitting. Boy was I wrong. I LOVED it!

The wool I used for my very first weaving project was a wool/alpaca blend. Everyone else picked bright, fun colours but not me. I went with brown.

We learned how to determine the width of our scarves by finding out how many wpi (wraps per inch) our yarn was - a lot like knitting a gauge swatch. We determined which heddle size was the best for our yarn - similar to picking your needle size. Then we worked in pairs to warp the loom. This really is a two person job. I'm going to have to find a way to do it by myself. I'm sure some wonderfully smart person has devised a way to make this possible and I'm hoping they posted it on YouTube so I can find it!

Then came the fun part, actually weaving. We got started in class and then went home with our looms to practice for the next week. I think we all went home and stayed up late that night weaving. We had a great week messaging each other with our progress and sharing pictures.

This was a really fun class and I know Wanda, Caitlyn and Danielle enjoyed it as much as I did. Next post I'll show you what we did in our last class, weaving with two colours and lace patterns! And to think I might not have like this??? I have no idea what I was thinking!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dabbling with Swedish Weaving

I've been learning how to do Swedish Weaving. I'm using a piece of 11 count Aida cloth to practice on instead of the traditional monks cloth. I'm saving the expensive Monks cloth until I know what I'm doing!

The only person that I know that does Swedish Weaving is my Grandma's cousin. We went to visit her last week and she was kind enough to loan me some pattern books. She has made beautiful afghans using this technique and I'm hoping to be able to make them as well.

The weaving itself is really easy. Reading the patterns on the other hand is what I'm having trouble with. The good news is that my local needlework store is super helpful so I'm sure I can get some help there if I get completely stuck.

I think the back of the work fascinates me almost as much as the front does. I love that the stitches don't show through.

Has anyone else tried this?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Go To Project

My new go to project when I need something that requires no pattern reading or row counting is a baby hat.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to knit up a few and take them to our local health unit. I meet a nurse who runs a program for new Moms and she was excited to receive the hats. It was great to stumble upon a program that is in need of hand knits.

I see lots more hat knitting in my future!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Yesterday was beautiful! Who would have ever guessed at the beginning of November I'd be knitting outside in a t-shirt still enjoying the garden?

I have my fingers crossed that today is just as nice; or close. Yesterday was a record breaking day so chances of repeating that are pretty slim but here's hoping.

Monday, October 26, 2015

2 Episodes Later

I wanted something quick to knit last night; not a shawl with hundreds of stitches or a sock with a lace pattern. I needed something quick like a baby hat. A quick look through my stash found some purple yarn. I cast on and two episodes of Scandal later I had a hat :)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Happy Knitter :)

Purple sock yarn + feather and fan lace = a happy Knitter :)