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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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Stripes and More Stripes

I have been experimenting with stripes of late. First, I have been working on a series of self-striping sock yarn for the shop. It’s kind of a nerdy series of sock yarn inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender. I think it is one of the best animated series I have ever seen. The animation and writing are superb, and it’s something Athrun and I can watch together. (And then pretend we are firebenders after.)

The first in the series is called Fire and is based on the colors worn by the fire nation.

The stripes are about half an inch each, which is exactly what I wanted. I wish I could say I did some math to figure out how long I needed to make my skein, but I honestly just made the skein as big as my apartment would allow. (Using dinning room chairs and a lot of walking up and down the entire length of my apartment. We’re very technical around here.)

The fire is up in the Tiny Dino Studios etsy shop right now. I have water drying, and hope to have air and earth up sometime next week.

I also started something new on Tuesday. I am taking an Inkle Weaving class through Potwin Fiber Artisans. Outside potholders, I have never really woven before. I had no idea what I was in for on Tuesday, except I was going to learn about weaving. Despite not quite being able to keep all the new vocabulary words straight, I am heartily enjoying the process.

It’s difficult to get a good picture of exactly what I’ve got going on. (The wikipedia link above has some pretty good pictures of what the loom looks like.) The loom is on loan from the PFA, where my teacher made them herself. I might not give mine back, I like what I am making so much. I am not sure what it will be, though I am thinking of designing a purse or a skirt around it. (If it comes out even enough in the end. My first few inches are a bit shaky, but I think I am evening up my tension. So much to learn!)

Of course, I chose stripes. Isn’t it pretty?

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A Weaving Class!

Another new class from the PFA!

**Classes will be held in the Potwin Presbyterian Church. To enroll, contact the instructor.

Dates: February 7,14 & 21 from 7–9pm

Instructor: Linda Stanfill, llstanfill@gmail.com

Fee: $45 to PFA (Inkle Looms will be available for sale/order depending on availability for $35)

Ability level: beginner

Description: The class will take you through the mechanics of weaving on an Inkle loom, threading the loom with your project, weaving it and removing the finished project and finishing off the project. Plans for making your own loom will also be available.

Materials: Looms will be available for the class. Bring scissors and a tapestry needle.

Please contact Linda Stanfill at llstanfill@ gmail.com to register.

This is one I want to take very badly. I need to learn how to weave!