Weaving!!

Hello ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I thought I would share a new-ish hobby of mine.

WEAVING!

Last year I bought a Weaving Loom! I have been wanting to get a weaving loom for a long time… I even started to make one, but I finally gave in and purchased a beautiful rigid heddle loom from Ashford Australia. At first I was just going to buy their sample-it-loom but I ended up getting the 120 cm /48″ loom so that I could have more flexibility in my weaving width.

Finally after about a week of impatiently checking my tracking email every day (sometimes more) it arrived! Yay!! One of the things that I hadn’t realized when I ordered the loom was that the wood needs to be waxed before you put it together. So after I had waxed the wood and put the loom together I was ready to start weaving.

A while back I made a couple of woven rag rugs on a home made frame loom, it took a fair while to complete a rug and I had a lot of trouble keeping the edges from curving in and making my rag rug look like a strangely flat bow tie. I had done a LOT of reading about rigid heddle looms and I was expecting to have the same problem, so I was super careful to allow enough weft (the yarn that goes over and under) on each row so that the sides wouldn’t pull in… It worked!

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This is my first attempt at weaving on my new loom. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to finish this mat. It was completely finished in about 6 hours!

I really love how easy it is to make a useful item with this loom. I have just finished making a scarf with DK yarn and (8ply) feather yarn, the novelty yarn adds some contrasting texture which I really like.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little update ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

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Work-In-Progress Wednesday (Socks)

Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ How are you all going?

It’s been raining here lately, so I have started knitting a pair of socks. I love knitting socks, there is something so nice about wearing a pair of cosy hand knitted socks. I know that lots of sock knitters love the magic loop technique, but I personally prefer using double pointed needles.

So anyway, a while ago a friend was knitting a really pretty fair isle cardigan for a baby girl and she told me that it was actually the yarn making the pattern, so there were no ends to weave in and no tricky pattern charts.ย Then a couple of months ago I was shopping in Spotlight and saw some balls of yarn called “Not Just Socks” which isย self patterning yarn. I bought two 100g balls one orange one for my mum and one grey one for me which I putย away until I finished some of my works in progress ๐Ÿ™‚ .IMG_20160608_153445829

I have finally started knitting a pair of socks from it and i love it! The yarn is 4ply and a blend of wool (50%), bamboo (25%) and polyamide (25%). The bamboo makes the yarn nice and smooth so it’s nice to knit with. I’ll post a photo of the finished socks so you can see the how the yarn turns out ๐Ÿ™‚

Some things I have learnt that make knitting socks a little easier are:

  • Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPN), they are awesome! Not only are they eco friendly but they also help to keep your stitches from sliding off.
  • Pretty Yarn. Never underestimate pretty yarn! I find that knitting with bright, variegated or patterned yarn stops me getting bored with a project so I actually finish it ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Always Finish The Round. This is a really good habit to get into, it makes it easier to remember where you are up to.
  • Leave A Tail When Casting On And Joining.ย This way you can always see where the round starts.
  • Short DPNs,ย they are easier to control (not poking yourself and everyone around you) plus they make your knitting much more portable.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!