This weekend featured three different craft genres for me. I'm not sure whether to call that a trifecta or a hat trick. Or maybe attention-deficit crafting disorder.
The first genre was knitting, as I raced to complete my Dad's birthday sweater. Sadly, I did not win the race and will be mailing it today, TWO days after his birthday. Ah well.
My somewhat haphazard attention to gauge on this sweater meant it needed to be blocked within an inch of its life firmly.
I was happy with the fake-isle effect on the bottom and chest band.
Anyway, the darn thing is done.
I finished it waiting in my car for M to finish basketball practice and I didn't have any other projects with me. Horror! I have been meaning to make a little pouch for my iPod so I can wear it when I don't have any pockets. With the left-over teal yarn from the sweater, some tiny scrap balls from my gadget bag, and a size G crochet hook, this is what I came up with.
The single crochet makes a tight, firm fabric that won't lose its shape over time. Because it is hard to estimate final length of a twisted cord, it came out a little longer than planned. Rather than wearing it around my neck, I wear it over one shoulder and across my chest like a bookbag. I may get ambitious and shorten the cord one of these days, but for now it serves its purpose.
Final craft genre: weaving!! Yay!
I have been watching all the new projects on the Ravelry Rigid Heddle Weaving group and have seen some cool stuff. Francorios has been using plain old dishcloth cotton to make dish towels. I have been wanting to try herringbone check, so I decided herringbone check dishtowels were in order!
For a herringbone check, you warp the loom 2 ends color #1 then 2 ends color #2 all the way across. (Alternate colors each slot/hole pair)
Then you wind 2 shuttles with the two colors and weave, alternating between the colors every two "rows".
Is that cool or what?
It took a while to establish a rhythm with 2 shuttles, but I have a system worked out now and the weaving is zooming along. If I figured the take-up and waste correctly, there should be enough warp on my loom for two 24" long towels. I can't wait to see them off the loom!