Pat's Knitting and Quilting
April 23, 2012
I wanted to appreciate the nice 20" width of my loom, so decided to make a wider wrap. This is still only 17" wide because my warp calculations were off a bit, but it is lovely exactly how it is!
For the warp I used the leftover handspun yarn from these socks - It is All Spun Up Polworth/Silk in "Tapestry" colorway. The weft is Elann Baby Silk leftover from my Swallowtail shawl made several years ago - So it is a true "leftover" project just like I had planned when I bought the loom :)
Yarn: Every single inch of 320 yards (52 grams) of handspun 3 ply light fingering weight 85% Polworth/15% Silk fiber in "Tapestry" from All Spun Up.
The beauty and soft wonderful drape of this fabric is hard to see in pictures, but trust me, it is gorgeous!
This close up is while it is swinging in the wind on the tree so it is a little distorted, but you can see the pretty Tapestry handspun interlaced with the Baby Silk better - I adore these colors.
The picture below is somehow a bit flat and dull in color, but I put it in so you could see that my selvedges are improving...and the lilacs are pretty.
Here is what I looked like most of last week - the garden is in! (phone pic by Dave)
April 12, 2012
Picture overload, but I couldn't help it - I LOVE these mittens!
Divided the braid into warm and cool colors
and spun 425 yards (102 grams) of regular 3 ply fingering wt. yarn
for Zinnia Mittens - Here is the back - such a pretty colorwork pattern!
and here is the front - also click for pic of thumb/side of mitten
I just love everything about them from the little picot hemmed cuff to the pretty little thumb flower - to me, mittens don't get much better than this! Watching the subtle handspun color changes was so entertaining (I'm obviously easily entertained!) that I needed no prodding to keep knitting.
Pattern: Zinnia Mittens by Mary Ann Stephens
The fit is perfect!
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April 2, 2012
Kate (my daughter) picked out a beautiful skein of Misti Alpaca for her woven scarf. I had no idea what would happen with a handpainted skein of sock yarn used as warp and weft, but voila....plaid :)
I've figured out how to use my loom correctly so this scarf went easily and quickly. It is soft, beautiful and the drape is perfection itself - she loves it!
Yarn: One skein Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn - 437 yards (50% Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 10% Silk, 10% Nylon) Color: HS21 Northern Lights
A close up of the hemstitched edge front and back before wash/block - I see the rows are still wobbly near the beginning - it gets better as I progress :)
Just warped with some leftover handspun sock yarn and will use leftover Baby Silk as weft - My original idea when I got the loom, was to weave using leftover yarn and hopefully make a dent in those bins!
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