Slow Start on Saturday

Saturday morning is usually when I deep clean the apartment. Truth be told, there isn’t that much to do today. Instead of a morning of cleaning, I have an hour or so of small projects. In one sense, this is good because it means the apartment is all ready pretty clean. On the other hand, it is easier to say, “Oh, I don’t really need to scrub the shower this week. Let’s work on fibery projects instead.” And that my friends, is a slippery slope that leads to an apartment full of grime and yarn. And I don’t like grimy yarn, so soon I will give in a start the mopping floors.

Just to procrastinate a little bit longer, I’ll show what I did yesterday. It’s interesting because I worked on it so much, I didn’t do any knitting! I know. That hasn’t happened for awhile.

I warped and wove most of my second inkle loom project. This time I am using my own wool, the left over charcoal cascade 220 from the linen stitch scarf and some orange elann peruvian highland wool I had laying around. I think it’s coming out nicely, but it’s obvious (to me at least) that this is still a beginner’s project. I find that even when it comes to weaving, I prefer working with wool over acrylics. This wool forms a much softer fabric. It’s not as bulky as the acrylic was and it seems like it will be just as durable (and possibly easier to sew). I am making the longest project I can make again, for optimum practice weaving. I am not finding the wool to be too sticky on the heddles, and it’s going really quickly. I am already thinking about what my next project will be.

Next to my loom, I have a pile of cotton yarn in pretty colors.

Because I decided it would be fun to make some useful things for the shop, and because it looks like (though I do not yet have official confrimation) I am going to have my own booth at the Farmer’s Market this year! (Which means I am going to have to start doing my cleaning on a different day.) The cotton is just the tip of the iceberg really, but I have a lot of preparations to do, so I better go mop the floor so I can get started planning for this new adventure.

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