Monday, November 30, 2015
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent some time with my Mom and we made our outdoor winter arrangements. This is our 4th year making these and we always have so much fun. I think it's officially become a tradition now.
We fill Mom's garage with branches, bows, Christmas balls, pine cones and Christmas music and the arranging begins. Mom has a natural talent for this kind of thing; me not so much!
We will remember this as the year I decided I would use a large Spruce branch as it was and make it a "tree" to sit outside my front door. It was a little crooked and a little sparse and they may have been a Charlie Brown Christmas tree comment mentioned but I think it looks great. It's these silly moments that make the memories, right?
I didn't get a lot of knitting done that day but I did manage to finish weaving another scarf. I really like the colours and how it stripped. My edges on the other hand need some serious work but that will come with more practice.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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 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
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
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
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.