Thursday, January 31, 2013

I LOVE Weaving!

I have found my new love. There is something soothing about the back and forth action of moving the shuttle through the shed and watching patterns and textures develop. The warp is a little scary because I've had an unfortunate incident when it popped off the rod.

But when it starts to fill, it can be beautiful.

And then you begin passing the shuttle through the shed and the weft begins to develop and the pattern becomes visible. (How is that for some weaving vocabulary!)

But what I really love, is the scarf when it is all finished with its twisted fringe and is ready to be gifted.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Immediate Gratification

Sometimes you just need to make something that will work up quickly and provide you with the immediate gratification of an easy project. I love cables but they take more time than something like a 4X4 ribbed stitch. We (Stacy and myself) just needed the ribbed stitch. However, it isn't just for easy projects and it really is great depending on your desired goal. One of the things that makes the ribbed stitch work is its stretchiness and stitch definition. You can use a variety of yarns and show off variegated patterns, hand dyed or even solids. You can use a variety of weights and colors depending on your overall purpose. I am using some RedHeart Mystic that I got on sale last year when Joann's had their summer clearance on yarns. The hat is already finished and the scarf will be completed today. Sometimes you just need immediate gratification!

Monday, January 14, 2013

13 Hat and Scarf Sets

Stacy and I have a plan - which is always a little dangerous.

This past summer we had a plan to complete all of our Christmas gifts early and we were on a great roll. The problem is when you decide to make one thing, you find something else to complement it and so you need to make an additional item. We decided on embroidered towels and knitted dishcloths and then that let to matching coasters and then that led to ..... Well, you get the point. We had great ideas. Unfortunately, we rarely had the time to complete all we had planned.

This year we have decided to make hat and scarf sets but with no particular person in mind. This way we can try new skills and play with whatever yarn we are inclined to at the moment. We don't have to worry about having enough for each person because really we don't know who we are giving them to. If we have enough for all the sisters and nieces, then that's who gets them. If we only have enough for a few girlfriends, then that's who gets them. I like this idea of making something and then deciding who we will give them to. One down and twelve to go!

Will you be one of the happy recipients?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Officially a Weaver!

I am so excited about my new craft/hobby/passion. For Christmas I was blessed with a Kromski rigid heddle weaving loom and I can't wait to begin making gifts. I wanted to make rugs but was told by some more experienced weavers that might not be my best choice for a rigid heddle loom but I'm not completely giving up on the idea. For now, I'll be weaving kitchen towels. Everyone beware. If my production matches my enthusiasm, friends and family alike will be getting them for Christmas!

Because I'm quite the beginner, I needed a little help to get started. Craftsy was having a sale on classes and I couldn't pass it up. For $10 I downloaded a video with instructions and worksheets that I keep watching over and over. I think I've watched it so much I think even Jason can quote it and do some weaving of his own. What do you think of my progress?

This is prior to washing but they still look nice after they've been washed. I'm just not sure if I should wash them before giving them as gifts. Actually, I do need to wash them first but need to figure out how to maintain that fresh, new look.  Woohoo, another hobby!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Wipe it Clean in 2013!

I'm all about a clean slate. Starting fresh, new start Mondays, beginning afresh! Our pastor is beginning a new series this week titled Clean Slate and I adopted it as my own motto for starting the new year.

Although I didn't get every project completed before starting the new year, the yellow garter stitch baby blanket is finished and I'm ready to begin another. I really like the way they look and it makes for wonderful, mindless knitting. Plus, there is always someone having a baby and I can list them on my Etsy shop for others to enjoy!

So, I've been thinking about what I want to accomplish this year and I have come up with my 13 of 13 Knitting Goals for 2013 and they are as follows:

  1. 13 hats - I think this is the first one I want to complete but we'll see what I really end up doing. I think the yarn is what makes it so pretty and I may not like it as well if I don't choose my yarn wisely. I also like this hat because it has that unisex look to it and I can decide after knitting who it may go to.
  2. 13 scarves
  3. 13 mittens/gloves
  4. 13 socks - I have a great pattern idea for Stacy and I to work on Christmas gifts this year. I'm going to share it with her tonight and see what she thinks!
  5. 13 dishcloths- mostly I like knitting these and found that several of my family members also like receiving them which makes for a perfect combination.
  6. 13 ornaments - I think I want a tree with all knitted ornaments. It may just be a small tree at first but I'd like to at least begin. I think these may also be a good idea for tags on presents.
  7. 13 rows in my sock blankie. There are four diagonal rows all the way across with the exception of the ends.
  8. 13 baby booties
  9. 13 baby hats
  10. 13 charity items - these might be for GAGE or for another charity. I'm actually thinking about getting involved in the ministry at my church which may or may not involve knitting for infants.
  11. 13 baskets
  12. 13 cup cozies
  13. 13 random items
I'll keep you posted on how things come along. What are your goals for this year? Be sure to make some that include knitting!