Thing-a-Week #39

Switching gears, I hopped back on my loom and wove me a new scarf.

Thing a Week #39: Woven Scarf

The warp is Arucania Ranco Multy, a wool/nylon blend, hand-dyed in rich browns. The weft is Valley Yarns 8/2 Tencel in “Spice,” a nice deep red. The scarf measures 7 in. wide by around 6 ft. long. I also decided to twist the fringe (including strands of the tencel with the warp yarn), which I’m rather pleased with.

Thing a Week #39: Woven Scarf

If I had to do it over again, I’d not pack my weft in as much. I’m not thrilled at how much the red overpowers the brown, and the weft is a little uneven. Still, it turned out pretty well.

I’m off for a couple of weeks, so I hope to use up some of my stash yarns just practicing my weaving. Wish me luck!

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Thing-a-Week #36

It’s the return of Thing-a-Week*!

Back in August, for Thing-a-Week #20, my friend Ewenique and I dyed some yarn and fiber, all in the same color: “Screen Door Purple.” (There’s a story behind that name, but I’m not telling!) This week, I finally got around to spinning the fiber.

Handspun

The 8 ounces of Corriedale fiber spun up to about 430 yards of yummy, plummy DK-weight yarn. Not sure what I’ll do with it. It’s not soft enough for next-to-skin wear, but I’m sure it’ll make a nice… something. Any ideas?

Handspun

* I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way I’m up to #36. My last Thing was #23 three months ago. I missed 13 (yes, 13!!) weeks due to work and other busy stuff. I thought about it a lot, and I had two choices: pick up where I left off with #24 and add make-up days to the end, or skip them, plow ahead, and end in March as originally planned. Since it’s a miracle I’ve made it this far, I’m taking the easier route and skipping the 13 Things I missed. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m sure I’ll still come up with some good stuff before I’m done!

Thing-a-Week #20

Another joint venture! This week: dyed fiber. I had a crafting playdate with my friend Ewenique Saturday. We had loads of fun, and spent a good part of the day dyeing yarn and fiber.

Thing a Week #20: dyeing

The yarn is 2 skeins Patons Classic Wool Merino, worsted weight, and the fiber is 8oz of commerical Corriedale that I had. We used Dharma acid dyes, mainly Midnight Blue and a plummy mix of Midnight Blue and Fire Engine Red. They’re still drying now, but Ewenique gets one of those skeins.

To good friends.

Almost two years ago, I made a new friend: Ewenique. We met when I, a total stranger, offered to drive her to Sock Summit 2009 in Portland while she was visiting Seattle from the UK. (Honestly, I could have been an axe murderer for all she knew!) We got along famously, and have been keeping in touch and sending presents back and forth and doing all the things that good friends do.

Well, Ewenique is back in the States, her visit once again happily coinciding with Sock Summit 2011. I actually had quite a few things stored up that I’d been meaning to send, not the least of which was a little housewarming gift I knit for her:

Girasole

That’s Girasole, a beautiful lace blanket/shawl designed by Jared Flood. The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca, an alpaca/wool blend in the color “Steel Cut Oats.” I’d started it some time ago, and when Ewenique told me they got a new house, of course I had to finish the blanket for the occasion (months late, as it worked out, but who’s counting?).

Ewenique and her husband only just arrived a couple of days ago. They came to our house last night for a BBQ, after which she stayed over so we could get a head start on our trip down to Sock Summit. (Given the jet lag, they held up quite well!) Ewe also gave me some lovely purple Old Maiden Aunt yarn, some buttons, and some yummy bikkies, which I believe I will devour in record time.

Today was a gorgeous day, so I trotted out the convertible and we made the trek down to Portland. Once there, we walked and stroked the yarn to our hearts’ content. I didn’t get very good pictures, so this will have to do.

(Edit: Ewenique posted her pictures, here. They’re much better than mine.)

Sock Summit 2011

I did catch Ewenique fondling her yarn when she thought I wasn’t looking. Naughty girl.

The weather was quite warm, and stayed that way all day, even after sunset. Naturally the convertible top stayed down and we basked the whole way home. The day could not have been more perfect.

Thing-a-Week #18

Just a little bit of knitting this week. Literally.

Thing a Week #18: Tiny Knitting

This is a part of a project I’m planning. It didn’t take me long, but I think it turned out pretty well. It’s laceweight yarn knit on size 0 needles, transferred to little knitting needles that I made out of toothpicks. Isn’t it darling?

Thing-a-Week #17

I finally plied those singles from Things 14 and 16. The result: around 200 yards worsted-weight 2-ply yarn, again Spinning Sisters merino, colorway “Boyfriend.” Feels a little anticlimactic, but some days you gotta take what you can get.

Thing a Week #17: Handspun

The yarn actually turned out a little thicker than I’d anticipated. I spun the singles pretty thin, but they fluffed up considerably after plying and wash. It’s very soft and springy, though!

Thing-a-Week #16

Life continues to be a little hectic, so my Things have been a little smaller in scope lately. This week I spun up the other single I was talking about with Thing #14. Didn’t have time to ply, but that’ll give me something to do next week!

Thing a Week #16: Handspun

Both singles are pictured here so you don’t think I’m just posting the same one from last time. ;)

If you look closely, the one I spun this week, at right, has a longer stripe pattern than the first one. This is because of the way I split the fiber. For the first one, I split it in half-lengthwise, making the roving thinner and resulting in shorter repeats of color. The second was spun from the full thickness of roving, so it takes longer to get through each color, and results in longer color repeats. When plied, it should give a pleasing variation of color in the yarn. This method is sometimes referred to as fractal spinning.

Thing-a-Week #14

I totally ran out of time to finish what I planned to do this week, but I did get a component of it done.

Handspun single, from merino fiber from Spinning sisters, in colorway “Boyfriend.” I’ll spin the other single and ply them hopefully this week.

Thing a Week #14: Handspun

Thing-a-Week #12

More weaving! I made another scarf using some Trekking Hand Art sock yarn. It’s totally different from my first scarf. I might actually wear it.

Thing a Week #12: Woven Scarf

It’s pretty long, though: 8 in. x 9 ft. Still, I’m really pleased with it. I tried to make it somewhat open, so it’s light and thin and has great drape. I used the same yarn for both warp and weft. And my selvage edges are better!

Thing a Week #12: Woven Scarf

Thing a Week #12: Woven Scarf

I think I’m getting the hang of this weaving thing!

Thing-a-Week #10

I unexpectedly received a rigid heddle loom this week from my awesome husband for an early birthday present, so my Thing this week was pretty much decided for me. This is my first try at a woven scarf with the loom. I’d made one earlier in class, but didn’t get to finish it. This one is full length, 8″ x 65″.

Thing a Week #10: Woven Scarf

I didn’t use my best yarns on it since I knew I’d probably screw a lot up. And I did… the selvage edges are pretty bad and there are a few mistakes where I wasn’t watching my warp. I did use up the yarn I spun for Thing #9 last week, though! That’s on the warp, along with some navy Lion Brand wool. The weft is an old skein of marine blue Candide wool yarn, a little scratchy, but it was good to practice with. I can only get better, right?