Purties


The Man was showing me the new online access for his company’s benefits –

TM: So this is where the health benefits are.  This is where it shows my 401K.  I just wanted you to know how to access this in case you need to.

RK: Cool.  So now I can take the money and buy more looms

TM: You know, most women would say “take the money and leave you”

RK: See how lucky you are!

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We have those big garbage cans that you take to the curb on trash day.  They have hinged lids.  I’m pushing one of them out the gate, past the tall bush, to the curb.  The lid is slightly open, not more than an inch.  That was enough for the bush to catch the lid, making it fly open.  It smacked me right in the mouth.  Hurt like a sumbitch.  I’m gonna look real purty here in a bit.

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The latest weaving FO.  I don’t know if you all know this but my friend Laura dyes up some real purty yarns.  In the past, I always missed the color I wanted when she updated her shop.  She recently came out with some new colors and when I saw Faith, I knew I wanted it to weave a scarf with.  I made sure I was online when she updated and hooray, I got it.  Two days after it arrived, I had this:

I love it.

Dizzy Blonde Yarns, color Faith, sett at 16, plain weave

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Come on baby, do the twist


The year I went to SAFF, I looked at fringe twisters but didn’t buy one.   I thought if I used fringe, I’d just let it hang free instead of twisting it. I recently read that if you don’t twist Tencel fringe,  it can end up looking like crap.  I started regretting not buying one.  I’d also read that there’s this nifty hair tool you can use instead of a “real” twister.  I went on the hunt and finally found one at Toys R Us.  One push of the button and it twists two groups one way, another push and it twists those two groups together.  (You can see what it looks like here.)  While I’ve not used a “real” twister, I’m pretty sure that the hair tool is faster and easier on the hands and wrists.

Anyhoo, since the left selvedge made the scarf less than perfect, I decided to play with the fringe a little bit.  The instructions in the books show that you don’t have to hem the ends, you just take it off the loom and twist twist twist.  When I first put the warp on the loom, I hemmed the end as if I weren’t going to twist any fringe.  At the other end, I didn’t hem.

Hemmed:

Not hemmed:

I like the hemmed end much better.

So now we have the fringe done different at each end, that no one would probably notice unless I pointed it out.

We have one selvedge that looks great, and one that no one would probably notice unless I pointed it out.

And while trying to choose pictures to use for the blog, I found something else that no one would probably notice unless I point it out.  What am I going to do?  I’m going to point it out, of course!

Here’s a hint-there’s not a thick line that closes this row of diamonds like the other rows.  Now do you see it?  I sure didn’t and it was right in front of me on the loom.  So while it has it’s mistakes and problems, I’d say I’m still satisfied with it.

Huck


It took me forever to decide what weaving thing I wanted to learn next.  Once I did finally decide on Huck, I took over a week to decide what design I wanted to use.  There’s learning about the pattern and how it works, then drafting it out on the computer, and deciding which yarn to use and how many ends there needs to be.  See, a whole week’s worth of decisions to make.

Before wet finishing:

After:

I had a lot of trouble with this.  Well, maybe not a lot, but a lot more than what I wanted.

  1. The warp threads on the left (as on the loom, it’s on the right in the pic) kept breaking.  I’ve never had to actually fix a broken warp thread before and as much as those threads were breaking, I’m probably now an expert.
  2. After fixing a broken thread and weaving for a couple of inches, I snipped the end sticking out.  Right after snipping, I noticed that I’d made a treadling error.  Right. Behind. The Snipped. Thread. grrr
  3. The right edge selvedge looks very good, if I do say so myself.  The left edge… well, it looks like shit in my opinion.  To anyone else, they probably wouldn’t noticed how bad it looks unless I pointed it out.  “See there?  That’s where the thread broke.  And there.  And there.”

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the fringe.

8/2 Tencel, 20 epi, Huck lace