It's been a while since I last wrote here about my knitting and crochet projects. Please, take a moment to get comfortable and maybe grab your favourite beverage. I would like to tell you the stories of three hand dyed yarns I worked with recently and the projects they became. crochet & cashmere First crochet, with an exclusive pattern for the Artyarns Cashmere Triangle Scarf Kit. It was one of those serendipitous projects, the … [Read more...] about some interesting projects using sticks and string
Once upon a time I knit socks quickly. As in weeks (or a weekend for footie socks). This pair for E was started on November 20th ... 2016. I finished them on November 25, 2017. I think that's a record and not one that I hope to repeat. What took so long? The first time I knit them I inadvertently sized them to fit me. So I ripped out the heels, knit additional foot length and tried again. E reports that they fit perfectly. They … [Read more...] about a pair of socks!
The greatest compliment I receive as a knitter is when an item I gifted is worn, loved, and now in need of repair due to use, not neglect. That is the story of this shift shawl, designed by Larissa Brown. This photo collage is of the shawl back in March 2014 when I completed it. I gifted it to my mother and she wore it constantly over the past three years. She wore it around the house, she wore it walking the dog, and I believe … [Read more...] about shift shawl, stronger than ever
Earlier this month I finished making something for me, a handwoven cowl. Shadow and Buddy both were helpful cats and enjoyed helping me work through the project. In December, Buddy helped me to direct warp onto the loom. If you would like to learn how to direct warp, I urge you to check out any or all of the resources provided by Liz Gipson: a quick overview of direct warping DVD Slots and Holes: 3 Ways to Warp a Rigid-heddle … [Read more...] about love is love in hidden rainbow
As a child, I learned that the most straightforward way to develop mastery was through regular practice. It doesn't need to be for hours, 5 minutes most days will lead to improvement. Taking breaks are important too! While I'm not spinning or weaving every day, I now work on both crafts regularly. That has lead to improvements in what I spin and what I weave (even when I make mistakes). However, there's one skill I'd hoped to be … [Read more...] about (mostly) daily sketches