Ever since I finished my dad's sweater, I have reveled in the lack of a deadline. I've been bouncing joyfully from project to project and craft to craft without a master plan. Some things have been started, some things have been finished and much fun has been had.
When I finished the sweater, I was caught out and about without anything else to knit. Since I had some leftover yarn, I started a little hat with it. No pattern, no plan. I thought it might become a chemo cap.
Instead, it turned into a cute little beret-like contraption and was claimed by one of the nurses at my office. (The stripes get narrower towards the top because the colors were running low.)
Since the little hat, two baby gifts have been started in quick succession.
The peachy-cranberry piece is a baby bunting and the blue is the center of a baby blanket. I have been working on both of them. The blanket is easy enough to work on without paying much attention. I started it when we went to see "Just Go With It," which was just as lame a movie as the commercials would suggest.
I had a multicolored warp on a rigid-heddle and I decided to play around with weaving fabric. First I wove denim strips that I cut from old jeans.
I would like this better if I had beat harder between the strips. There is too much daylight showing through.
Next I wove with some wool potholder loops that I bought long ago. I looped them together into one length and used my ski shuttle.
This time I made sure I beat hard and got the loops to lay close together. It made the coolest mat! L is in love with it and she is really mad that I only had enough loops to make one. She had visions of a set of 4 placemats. Of course, when I checked on line about buying more of these loops, I found that they were no longer being made. I will keep my eyes open for other loops that might work.
Inspired by the potholder mat, I made the last mat with t-shirts. I cut the shirt bodies into 1/2 inch loops and linked them together like the potholder loops.
It worked like a charm and made a really nice fabric. When I try this again, I will use more colors and mix them randomly to avoid the jagged stripes.
I have to show you my beautiful ski shuttle. I bought it second hand at a fiber fair.
I love that it has the last owner's name on it.
Wish I could see some of the things that Edythe made with this shuttle!
There has been some spinning, too. After I saw the silk mittens the Yarn Harlot made, I decided to see what the fuss was about. I bought some beautiful hankies on Etsy and found a YouTube video to show me how to spin them. (Yarn Harlot didn't spin hers, but I wanted to try it.)
It turned out to be really fun. The silk can be be predrafted very fine so that you just spin it without any more drafting and it is really strong. I spun it crazy-skinny and it never broke. The resulting singles were beautiful and shiny.
I wanted to get the most yarn out of it I could, so I looked in my fiber stash and found a merino roving that matches the colors almost perfectly.
I spun it as fine as I could - not quite as thin as the silk, but close.
Here is the merino single.
Here is the resulting two-ply.
It is 12 wpi and I have about 145 yards. Yum!
I will keep working on the baby gifts, but this weekend it is all about the warping. I am teaching a class Monday night and I have three looms to prep. Ought to keep me out of trouble!