- New Prize Drawing: A spindle kit! Leave a comment anywhere on this blog from today until 21 February at 23:59 CEThere is a link to your time to be entered in the Prize Drawing.
- The Second Annual SFA CAL* has begun and will be on going until 1 May at 23:59 CET here is a link to your time. I will conduct the Prize Drawing at that time and will post winners by 4 May 2010. Keep posted for more details.>>>26 Jan: Please click here for details on entering the SFA CAL and current Prizes.
The Knitter’s Book of Wool, by Clara Parkes, Published by Potter Craft 2009, ISBN: 978-0-307-35217-0 (0-307-35217-X)
Respect the Spindle, Spin Infinite Yarn with One Amazing Tool! by Abby Franquemont, Published by Interweave Press2009, ISBN: 978-1-59668-155-2
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!
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.
Episode #43 is now loaded in iTunes, please subscribe for automatic notification of future episodes.
- There is still time to enter the Prize Drawing for your chance to win a copy of Felted Little Animals by Marie-Noelle Horvath. Simply post a comment anywhere on this blog, about anything, and you will be entered to win!
- 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.
- 99 Yarns and Counting, More Designs from The Green Mountain Spinnery by The Green Mountain Spinnery Cooperative, Photography by Marti Stone, Published by Countryman Press 2009, ISBN:978-0-88150-826-0
- Morehouse Farm Merino Knits by Margrit Lohrer, Published by Potter Craft 2009, ISBN: 978-0-307-58640-7 (0-307-58640-5)
- Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom by Liz Gipson, Published by Interweave Press 2009, ISBN: 978-1-59668-075-3
Once again, thank you to each and every listener/reader who informed me of the apparent successful load in iTunes. As I mentioned to Nancy, I suppose I should stop asking how this is possible and just be grateful that it happened!
Notes for this past episode are listed below:
- Little Felted Animals by Marie-Noelle Horvath, Published by Watson-Gupthill 2008, ISBN: 978-0-8230-1504-7 (0-8230-1504-1)
- Knitted Gifts by Ann Budd, Published by Interweave Press 2009, ISBN: 9781596680913
- Lily Chin’s Crochet Tips & Tricks by Lily Chin, Published by Potter Craft 2009, ISBN: 978-0-307-46106-3 (0-307-46106-8)
- Lily Chin’s Knitting Tips & Tricks by Lily Chin, Published by Potter Craft 2009, ISBN: 978-0-307-46105-6 (0-307-46105-X)
My Golding Spindle, Ebony Ring Whorl, Walnut Shaft, .84 oz.
Junk Spindles, A quick and easy tutorial (by me ^_^)
Materials required: 1 chopstick, 1 peanut butter jar lid, 1 sharp knife
With the tip of a sharp knife (I’m using a paring knife), held at a 45% angle, carve out a small hole.
Depending on your preference for a Top Whorl or Bottom Whorl Spindle, push the chopstick through the hole, allowing about 1″ of the chopstick through. (I have decided to make a Bottom Whorl Spindle).
Spin. Wonderful tutorials can be found at SpinOffMagazine.com for both Top Whorl Spindling and Bottom Whorl Spindling.
I’ve read some recent comments on this blog, Facebook and Ravelry. Thanks to all who mentioned Episode #42 is indeed up in iTunes. It still is not showing at my server or in the feeds but somehow, inexplicably, managed to make it’s way to iTunes. Whew! What a relief! Again, many, many Thanks!