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a little weaving ~ a little spinning

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I finished listening to Insurgent by Veronica Roth and am reading Conspiracy Game by Christine Feehan which is book 4 of a series I’m borrowing from my sister.

I haven’t had a much time for fiber fun over the last week, and this week isn’t much better. My cousin got married last weekend, and I did the flowers. And this weekend a friend is getting married, and I’m doing her flowers. So my mind has been focusing on that.

I did do a little weaving on my Kauni project. It was very warm hot in my little trailer, so I pulled it all outside, at least there was a breeze out there…

And I pulled out a spindle and have been doing a little spindling of some Rambouillet cross fiber I picked up a year or so ago. It was a light/dark natural color that I dyed red in my crock pot last summer. I like the different shades that developed.

I hope you all have a good week and that I survive this weekend…

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

Check out some others at the ~  Yarn Along & WIP Wednesday with tami’s amis

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scavenger hunt sunday ~ 6/3

Here are my scavenger hunt finds ~

SHINE ~ the moon was big and shining tonight

FAST ~ it’s hard to get a good picture of my puppy, he moves faster than my camera

LEFT ~ this is what was left after I re-covered a footstool

PEACE ~ this picture is from a couple months ago,  but it is what I immediately thought of when I say the  prompt “peace”. A quiet, peaceful sunset at the river…

 PLAIN ~ a plain weave, but so beautiful in it’s plain-ness

It was fun looking through this last week’s pictures to find ones that fit the scavenger items ~ come on over to Ashley’s blog and check out some others

weaving with kauni

The loom I got is a 24″ Kromski Harp, and so far I have just woven narrower items ~ a couple wash clothes, a table runner,a couple scarves. I wanted to try a wider project, so I dug into my stash and pulled out two balls of Kauni 8/2 in a purple/blue/raspberry/green colorway.

Now to figure out how wide and long you can weave something, with a specific amount of yardage takes a little math. There are about 430 yards per ball. The heddle I have is a 10 dent, which means 10 warp threads per inch. After some calculations, I figured I could do a length of fabric ~ 22″ wide by about 75″ long. We shall see how it ends up turning out.

The Harp is set up with holes on the back and comes with pegs, so it can be used as a warping board ~ to measure out your warp yarn. You can configure the pegs any way you need to, to get the length of warp you are wanting. And then you just wrap the yarn back and forth around the pegs. But to get 22″ of fabric at 10 threads per inch ~ that’s 220 times.

Next you have to get the warp/yarn onto the loom ~ this is called warping the loom. And it’s not a very fast process, at least not yet for me. It would be faster if I would remember to warp, front to back, so I’m tying off my back ends first. Then I don’t have to run the warp through the heddle twice to get setup. I didn’t take pictures of this process. But this next picture shows the warping complete and you can see the lovely graduated coloring of the Kauni. I love it’s long graduated colorways.

Next I wove about two inches with waste yarn, which evens out the warp yarns. That’s as far as I went Monday evening. It was prepped and ready to go.

Wednesday evening I wove for a couple hours and was reminded that Kauni yarn is a little sticky. It likes to hold onto itself, so the warp yarns don’t separate as smoothly when you change your heddle position. That means I have to be a little more careful to make sure they are all where they are supposed to be. I ended up weaving about 9″ on Wednesday. It is a good beginning of this project, hopefully it continues to go reasonably smoothly…

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to weave… and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing. ~ Louisa May Alcott

I hope everyone has a good week, see you all next week…

I plan to share with ~ In the Studio-Sneek Peek FridayCreative FridayFiber Arts FridayFibers on Friday,  F O FridayFriday Fiber Arts

woven table runner

Let me tell you – weaving something may go faster than knitting the same thing,

but the set-up time is longer….

I should take pictures next time to show you, it’s a little challenging in my little trailer.

So I began Monday evening – first the warp was too long for the amount of yarn I had, and had to pull it all out and start over, but finally three hours later, my loom was warped ready to start weaving.

I warped it with a black cotton/rayon blend yarn (Class by Aslan Trends) and used red Class and a tan linen blend for the weft. Next time I want to experiment with multi-colors in the warp.

I worked on it Monday evening and finished it Wednesday evening. It ended up 10″ wide by 42″ long. I took it to work on Thursday, soaked it and blocked it.

I need to do a little fray check and trimming to the yarn ends on the back and then it will be done. It turned out pretty good for my third weaving project. But my edges still need some work, they are a little wonky…

I hope everyone has a good week, see you all next week…

I plan to share with ~ In the Studio-Sneek Peek FridayCreative FridayFiber Arts FridayFibers on Friday,  F O FridayFriday Fiber Arts

3KCBWDAY4 ~ fiber year round

3KCBWDAY4 – A Knitter or Crocheter For All Seasons?

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I knit year round, with little regard for fiber or project type. What is on my needles, is whatever catches my interest at the time.  For the last year, it has been shawl or shawlettes mostly. But I have done a few scarfs, and many washcloths also. I don’t do many sweaters or bigger projects (but I do have one afghan in the works that I need to get finished up).  Here are a few scarf/shawls I’ve made recently.

Spinning is something that is more of a cooler weather process for me. I don’t have air conditioning, and when it gets warm ~ sweaty hands and spinning don’t work well together. I have been on a real spinning kick over the last month or so. Here’s a sample of  some of the yarns I’ve made this year.

Since I just got a Kromski Harp loom, I’m expecting that weaving will be something that warmer weather will not effect. I’ve only done a couple items so far, so I’m looking forward to spending some time learning this skill.

cotton weaving

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. And I have been listening to Riptide by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.

I succumbed to the temptation of weaving – I bought a Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom. It is a beautiful piece of equipment. The first warp I ran with was kitchen cotton and it was a little thick for the 10 dent heddle. The yarn didn’t flow as smoothly through the heddle as would be liked.

 I ran 8″ of warp and then wove these three items on the same warp, one washcloth and a two towel size.

The warp was solid white and the weft was a multi-colored ~ green, blue, yellow and white. On this last one I tried a couple rows of leno, it give interest to the towel.

So far, my impressions are that the setup takes a little while but the weaving goes pretty fast. I wove these items in an evening.

I posted a couple of these pictures on my other blog last week, but wanted to describe it in a little more detail here.

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

Check out some others at the ~  Yarn Along & WIP Wednesday with tami’s amis