Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Knit wise.... weave wise... spin wise...

The Gridlock Pillow is going to be on the needles for a while. Added one row today. Better than none! I had to pin it down to get this picture because it curls at the moment:

Excitement, excitement! My order from Harrisville Designs arrived today and the New England Shetland is gorgeous. Since I'm new at multi-shaft weaving, I'm going to probably weave a twill sampler using drafts and treadlings from "A Handweaver's Pattern Book" by Marguerite Porter Davison. I'm very tempted to go with the traditional bird's eye pattern. I'm thinking that if I weave a 24" width, I will end up with a sampler that can be used as a "keep warm" cloth, otherwise known as a shawl.

I spun up a new sample of the blue merino this afternoon to determine drafting and spinning speed in order to match the yarn I spun a month ago. Success! Much better now. The skein of too-thin is already claimed for a new crocheted scarf called "Lacy Gray Alpaca Scarf" which appears in Judith Durant's "Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders". Only, mine will be blue.

Found another small army of snails under the bird feeder again this evening. Happy little breeders aren't they!?


  1. Gridlock is going to make a wonderful pillow for you. Slow and steady wins the race, eh? Love those jewel-like cones sitting on your weaving bench. Some summer we hope to make it to Harrisville Designs.
    Glad to hear you were successful at "matching up" your blue merino. Just going through a similar problem with some spindle spinning I did in the winter time. The new roving just seems to want to be spun thin! I guess it's never smart to leave a project too long.....hhhhmmmm!

  2. Yes, jak, I think that's what happened in my case: I went to knit with the skein I'd already spun and didn't get around to spinning more until too long a time had passed. I must have forgotten the "feel" in the meantime.


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