Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dressing up

The family have returned home and calm has been restored at Weaving Heart. We had a great time with the Grand kids doing such things as treasure hunts and playing rounders. Mr Weaving Heart built a great den for them using odd bits and pieces he had lying around and it made a wonderful hidey hole.

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But all good things come to an end and I think, whilst a good time was had by all, everyone was glad to get back to normal (except the dogs maybe, they loved having lots of small people to play with).
As weaving slowed right down when we had guests, I picked up a little knitting; just an easy peasy garter knit shawl, in two different sock yarns, one semi solid (Regia sock) and one hand dyed (Misti Alpaca I think). Wow, knitting takes a long time! I’m more accustomed to the speed of weaving now and found myself looking at the beginnings of the shawl thinking

Is that it?!?

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Pretty though it is, I have hunch that it may well be relegated to the WIPs cupboard, never to be seen again…
As for weaving, not much has been happening there either. I’m in the middle of winding a warp for a competition piece and am not allowed to show you anything, not even a hint, on pain of death so you’ll just have to be patient until after voting in October.
I have started to dress Sarah the Saori with some undyed 8/2 cotton. It’s the first warp on her that hasn’t come ready made. One of the advantages of a Saori loom is that you can buy pre-wound warps, on a card board tube that just slides over the back beam ready to thread; they work out about the same cost as using your own yarns would too and are a very clever idea.

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I had a plan to make some kitchen towels for the shop but after spinning some fibre last night I just want to be able to use that and ‘play’ with some more Saori style weaving. With the competition weaving on David, I feel the need to have something to relax with. Anyway, I’m off now, I have sooo much to crack on with and it’s been lovely but Sarah, here I come.

Hello again

I’d just been contemplating what to blog about when I realised that I haven’t written one since July. Ages ago and there’s been at least one birthday, several days of grand children visiting, sunshine, rain and rather a lot of chocolate eaten since.
Which brings me no closer to deciding the subject of today’s blog. It’s a little like starting a conversation with someone you haven’t seen for a while. You know; that awkward silence where you try to remember the last time you spoke and the level of intimacy of the relationship so you know how to reply to that ambiguous question ‘So, how are you?’. Do I simply say ‘Fine’ and then turn the conversation back onto that subject of endless British fascination and comment on what terrible weather we’re having, given that it’s the Summer holidays and isn’t it miserable, especially for the children, but at least we had that one nice day on a weekend..? Or do I go to the other extreme and inappropriately tell you all about the ins and outs of that embarrassing infection I had as a result of sitting on a public toilet seat that’s not really cleared up yet, but don’t worry, it’s not infectious any longer, well, I think that’s what the doctor said but you can never really trust these locum GPs can you..? (Clue: that part isn’t true, really).
So in the way that I’ve learnt to be the easiest path forward, I’ll keep it simple and just bring you up to date with some general craftiness (the yarn kind not the anti-social kind). Good plan, except I’ve just realised I. Have. No. Photos. Which leads to exceptionally boring reading, yarn demands pictures; the main point of reading blogs (in my humble opinion) is yarn porn and pretty things to glance over and drool, just a little. Not that I’m saying mine are particularly drool-worthy but you know what I mean.
So here is a selection of old, but no less worthy, projects just to keep you going until our grand children leave and I feel less as though I have no idea where anything is under the mountain of Lego and loom bands.

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Remember that? My hand spun Jacob wool sweater, I discovered today that it has 35 ‘loves’ on Ravelry, by far my most, which makes me a little proud and very appreciative of our lovely British wool.

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Now that is a project I finished before starting the blog so some of you won’t have seen it before. It’s knit from baby llama (sounds a little cruel don’t you think? I’m fairly sure it isn’t) and is the softest of soft things. Well it would be if, unlike me, you’re not allergic to the stuff. Bah!
Finally this

IMG_3533.JPG I told a lie, I do have some photos of a recently finished project. This was a warp from my stash, to use up a little of my yarn mountain, bamboo and silk/merino, in a block twill pattern. There were two scarves from this warp, one has already sold which is wonderful and they are both lovely. David is nekkid now and likely to stay that way for at least the next ten days. Brrrr. It’s very cold for the time of year don’t you think?