Archive for January, 2010

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Episode #44 Up, New Prize Drawing and SFA CAL Announced :whew:

January 22, 2010

Episode #44 is now loaded in iTunes, please subscribe for automatic notification of future episodes.

Announcements:

Books Reviewed:

The Knitter’s Book of Wool, by Clara Parkes, Published by Potter Craft 2009, ISBN: 978-0-307-35217-0 (0-307-35217-X)


Some Book of Wool Fun: Which Ewe are You?

Respect the Spindle, Spin Infinite Yarn with One Amazing Tool! by Abby Franquemont, Published by Interweave Press2009, ISBN: 978-1-59668-155-2

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*SFA CAL = Spring for All Craft Along, previously Spring for Babies Knit Along/Crochet Along.
DIY looms>>> Need little more time>>>

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January Prize Drawing Winner Announced

January 18, 2010

I always wonder if Random.org is fair to early numbers.  It seems middle numbers are drawn most often and occasionally later numbers are drawn but the early numbers, 1-5 for example, are not often drawn.

As it turns out, we have an early number winner this time around.. Number One… Deborah Filmore, You Won!!  Please send me an email with your mailing address and I will have your book out to you this week.

The next prize drawing will be announced later this week.  Hint: not a book this time but something fiber related.  Have a great week!

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Of WIPs and UFOs

January 14, 2010

As usual, I have far too many WIPs* and to be honest, I don’t see the end very near.  A reasonable person might decide to tackle these WIPs and UFOs* in an effort to gain some sense of accomplishment, not to mention justification of continual stash enhancement.  Not I.  No, not I.

Instead, I have tacked on yet another Fiber Art to my repertoire, weaving.  My wonderfully enabling husband made my year by gifting me, among other wonderfulness, a Kromski Harp Rigid Heddle Loom this past Christmas.  Even though I knew the contents of the colorfully wrapped package, I was filled with the excitement and joy that all five year olds know so well.  Of course, I tried to contain my excitement and fought all urges to assemble and use the loom immediately.

Once the holiday festivities, and by that I mean cleaning of wrapping papers, eating of ham and all accompaniments and finally cleaning yet again, I found a semi-quiet spot and assembled the Harp.  Once assembled, I simply stared in awe at this very simple yet very useful and beautiful tool.  I then placed the Harp on a table, as an altarpiece, and again stared.

The following week I invested time learning to calculate warp* and weft* for a project, warping for a project, dressing the loom and finally weaving.  And the next week I began my first true weaving project.

The yarn I selected is a sport weight cotton pearl (3/2, I believe)  in a variegated colorway.  Initially, after weaving a few inches, I thought my yarn selection was a poor choice for weaving on a 10-dent heddle, as the weave was not ‘firm’, leaving small spaces between each thread.  It did occur to me that after a washing the yarn would bloom but considering the amount of space between threads, I was doubtful the voids would fill.

Happily, I was wrong.  Immediately upon finishing my last shot* and hemstitching a selvedge, I cut the fabric from the loom.  Of course it did not occur to me until this point that the ends were under tension and once released from that tension, would relax and thus, fill in those irritating spaces.  And certainly, after a washing, bloomed even more.

I have yet to finish the fringe of my first weave simply because I am not certain if I want the fringe, twisted fringe or perhaps a straight edge.  By Sunday I hope to have made up my mind.  Though the fabric is not perfect, a wonky warp thread causing a slight wave for a few inches, I am very pleased with my first weave.  One area I am especially proud of are the selvedges.  I had read for months about selvedges being the bane of weavers but I did not experience any selvedge frustration whatsoever.

As for those WIPs and UFOs, I suppose I will have to fit them into my schedule. Truly, with all these Fiber Arts, I am making a Fiber Arts Schedule!  Otherwise, I don’t think I will ever experience that feeling of accomplishment and gratification that each project should bring.

Do you weave?  Are you curious?  In next week’s podcast I will show you how I whet my curiosity by making some simple looms at home.

* Possible Unfamiliar Terms:

WIP: Work In Progress.

UFO: UnFinished Object.

Warp: The vertical threads (ends) of a woven cloth.

Weft: The horizontal ends of a woven cloth.

Shot: An action of a single pass of weft material during weaving.


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Episode #43: Weave Only Just Begun

January 7, 2010

Episode #43 is now loaded in iTunes, please subscribe for automatic notification of future episodes.

Announcements:

  • Spring for Babies Kal/Cal 2009 was quite a success!  I am currently making arrangements for a Spring for Babies Kal/Cal 2010 and will keep you posted.  A few changes this year: all handmade items donated to any local charity or organization are permitted.  To include items for the elderly, poor, homeless, displaced, abused, recovering,etc, as well as pets.

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