Monday, October 16, 2017

Next project

I started a new tablet weaving project today, learning as I go.  This is my first attempt at continuous warping, and my first attempt at an Egyptian Diagonals pattern.  This is the first pattern from John Mullarkey's "Egyptian Diagonals" book, and I am doing this on my inkle loom, in navy and white #10 crochet cotton.  This is supposed to end up as a lanyard for hubby's work ID.

I managed the warping with only one minor error.  (I included one empty round of all four threads, where I had not dropped a card.  I had to cut the threads and tie them off.)  I am using a knitting counter to keep track of which row I'm on in the weaving pattern; it has a 20-row repeat.  There are 10 different rows, and each row is done twice.

I also got some new weaving cards today!  I ordered these from Palmer Looms, and I love them!  They are a little smaller than the cards I got from John Mullarkey, and they have not only letters (on front and back of the cards!) but they also have different colors on each edge.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A finished piece

I finished my first tablet weaving piece!

This finished at about 40 inches long.  When I started, I used a wingspan (one hand to the next) length of thread, which for me measures out to about 65 inches, so I lost at least 25 inches in take-up and loom waste.  I know I lost a lot in the tying on.  This one used 20 cards, and #10 crochet cotton, and ended up about 3/4 of an inch wide.

Looking forward to my next piece!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tablet weaving!

I got my new tablet loom set up today!  I started warping it at hubby's work, then packed it up and brought it home to finish.

It took me a couple of tries, and the first time I started weaving, I found I had mixed up the placement of several cards (even though I could have sworn I was so careful!).  I took it out, sorted it all out, tied on again, and started weaving.  This looks more like the sampler pattern I was trying to do!  I can see an obvious break in the pattern; I did something wrong there, but I'll keep going.

As I was trying to wind on to the front, the crochet cotton I used to attach my little apron rod to the back beam broke.  I grabbed some texsolv from my floor loom and made little apron rod ties with that.

Looking forward to progressing with this!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New toys!

I see tablet weaving in my immediate future - like tomorrow!

A couple of weeks ago I ordered this card weaving loom from Egill's Woodstuffs (on Facebook, but also on Etsy).  It arrived today!

This design was achieved with burning the wood with high voltage.  The result is filled in with crushed stone, in this case malachite.  He also included a small belt shuttle.

I have John Mullarkey's video, "Tablet Weaving Made Easy", on my iPad and I'll bring the iPad, loom, and supplies with me tomorrow.  I'll be parked at hubby's workplace, enjoying some peace & quiet as I figure this out.  Looking forward to it!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Weaving and more weaving...

My counterbalance floor loom has been sitting half-warped since last Christmas or so.  This week I finished warping the loom, and got started on the project.

The reason I procrastinated so long was that the warp was a mess.  I lost the cross, I ended up threading at least one part incorrectly and had to make up for it down the line (the colors are in a very specific order to create the pattern).  These are Roller Bird Towels, and it was a kit from Cotton Clouds.

I straightened and corrected the warp as I went.  First I tied on to the back beam.

Then I wound the warp onto the back beam, untangling and fixing the threads in the front as I went.  I use paper lawn & leaf bags as warp separators.  This keeps the threads from tangling, because the warp wraps around the back beam multiple times.

After it was wound on to the back, I had to tie on to the front.  I had to add and replace a few threads along the way, correct threading errors, correct tension errors, and weave a header (the first inch or two, to make sure the pattern is showing up the way it should).

I started weaving a few inches of the first towel, but I was having problems with my shuttle.  The thread was catching on a crack and a couple of rough spots on the shuttle.

I have two shuttles, so I took the bobbin out of the more worn shuttle and took some time to glue it and clamp it to minimize problems.  At this point I will use the newer-looking shuttle when I resume, and use the more worn shuttle for the thread between the towels, which will mean it is used much less.  I may also try to pick up a new shuttle when I get the chance.

After gluing up the shuttle, I retrieved my inkle loom project from the basement.  This is intended to end up as a guitar strap (I have guitar strap hardware for it.)

I am also looking into some card weaving.  I think I'd like to start a card weaving project, but I will need the inkle loom available to do that!  Another good reason to finish the guitar strap.  I'm hoping to order a Gilmore Wave Loom (the small size) in the future.  That one would work for inkle and card weaving projects, but it holds a longer warp than the inkle loom can.

And last but not least, yesterday I spent some time working on the Peeking Beads Scarf!  I'm getting close to the pink section of the sock blank yarn!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

2017 Seacoast Century

Yesterday was the 2017 Seacoast Century (today as well, but I'm only attending one day!).  The weather was fabulous, and the course was amazing.  It was my first "metric century" (100 kilometers) and I had a great time!  It took me a while (6 hours 44 min) but I got it done!

Here are some photos of my day.

The ride starts at Hampton Beach State Park in Hampton, NH and traveled as far north (I believe) as York, Maine.

This one was taken from the walkway of a bridge.  We were required to walk our bikes over, using the walkway, rather than riding over the metal grid surface.

Taken from another bridge.  I love the look of this house, with all the boats and fishing paraphernalia.

I love VW busses, and couldn't resist getting a photo of this one in Portsmouth, NH.

This is the Memorial Bridge separating New Hampshire & Maine.  We had our own bike lane, on both sides.

This was a beautiful pond, at the entrance to Ft. McKinley in Maine, our first (and third) rest stop.

First rest stop.  (I didn't stop here on the way back.)

Photo of my bike at the second rest stop.

The Memorial Bridge on the way back.  I had to stop because the drawbridge was going up!  This was at about 42 miles, and it was a nice (short) break.

Photo from the bridge while I was waiting.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New knitting project!

It has been quite a while since I started a new knitting project, but something made me pick up this one last night.  This is a kit I purchased 2 or 3 years ago at NH Sheep & Wool Festival.  It was from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm and called "Peeking Beads Scarf".  It came with beads and a hand-painted sock blank.  I found the pattern a little frustrating at first, and tried a few variations last night.  This morning I decided I wasn't happy with it, and pulled out what I had done to try again.

I finally figured out the instructions after a more thorough read-through (and some sleep).  I also adjusted my needle size upward for a more open knit, and stringing the beads required digging through my crochet hook collection to find one that would fit through the beads.  

On my way now!