Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter is Real

I cut up the Crackle towels into placemats and while they don’t lay as flat as I’d like, I’m glad to have placemats again.  I’ll weave some to match my favorite table runner after I finish getting ready for the Fiber Market Day sale in late March.

I finished my first dish towels from Brassard yarn and am in love with their softness, so different from the UKI yarn.  For whatever reason I had never stopped to look at the backside of the towels when removing them from the loom.  For a change I hemmed six of the ten towels with this side as the right side and the four duplicate colors as my usual blocks.

These are two of the “sets” which are not as obviously pairs like I thought they would be.  I still prefer the blocks and I absolutely love the vivid colors of this yarn.  That’s the one thing I’ve loved about UKI - wonderful colors.

I’ve started another set of Zinnia inspired towels.  Ordinarily I use the same two colors in the center, just reversing the blocks, but I didn’t check for the value of the yarns and realized that the pink and orange are identical in value so reversing the colors will have minimal effect.  I have decided when using stripes I’ll warp from the front and since I could, I decided to swap places with one of the green/yellow bouts and one of the pink/orange bouts.  I have no idea how these will turn out, if it will be an improvement or not.

This is what happened the last time I didn’t check value and discovered too late that they were the same.  The blue and green just disappear into each other.

The Women’s March is next Saturday so all knitting has stopped while I crank out four Pussy Hats.  I have made one for me and one for our friend Michael Elliot whose wife Sue is crocheting a hat for Ian.  I’m making two extras, recipients yet undetermined.

Not here!  It’s more like autumn.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Starting off the New Year

I have seen Sarah Jackson’s Summer and Winter pattern for literally years and finally decided it was time to give them a try.  I bought the pattern from Handwoven and have spent the past month trying to teach myself how to weave them.  There were so many errors on this first towel that I cut it short and will put in the back of my Forester for times when I need a towel.

I didn’t use the suggested colors which might be part of the problem but I did follow her threading and treadling orders.  It wasn’t until I was hemming that I saw the egregious threading error on the left side.  I’m so glad I was oblivious to it or I’m sure I would have cut the warp off.

Towel three was utterly uninspired.  I’m not a fan of the random colors.  I’m signed up for a tartan class in March.  I’m much happier with symmetry and plaid.

Towel 4 was using the same pattern yarn throughout but following her tabby color changes.

Towel 5 used a completely different pattern yarn but keeping the same tabby rotation.  It has the least errors and the most color interest but it ended up way too long.  I’m going to cut it off and hem it shorter and get rid of the red.  I haven’t decided what to do with the other three towels.  They have too many errors to sell.  Managing the two shuttles, yarn changes and the four different eight-pic treadling patterns was painful and the results are disappointing.  I know I said I’d never do Crackle again, but I’m thinking about it, in spite of using three shuttles.

I recently pulled these about of the Deep Six box because we need new placemats and I realized that all I have to do it cut around the areas with the worst errors and hem them.  I think these are far more interesting than Summer and Winter.

Perhaps if I just pick one pattern instead of trying to weave the entire sampler that I might be happier.  Yes, I hated juggling three shuttles but these colors are spectacular!

Turning these into four placemats should be quick work, but after taking down the Christmas tree and packing away the ornaments this morning plus doing laundry, I’m ready to read..

Meanwhile, Maudie Mae is playing host to these towels in turned taquete, my first time with Brassard yarns and boy am I pleased!

This is the plaid that I’ve chosen to weave, at least I think this is the one.  Linda Davis is feaching the class and has already sent me the chart.  I was able to get in on Webs sale and have ordered 8/2 Tencel for a scarf.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it’s a Campbell of Argyle tartan :-)