Today I thought I would share a new-ish hobby of mine.
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!
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 🙂
Hello 🙂 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. Then a couple of months ago I was shopping in Spotlight and saw some balls of yarn called “Not Just Socks” which is self patterning yarn. I bought two 100g balls one orange one for my mum and one grey one for me which I put away until I finished some of my works in progress 🙂 .
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 🙂
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 🙂
- 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. This way you can always see where the round starts.
- Short DPNs, 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!