Memory lane

Years ago, May 2004 to be exact, I knit a shawl.  I’ve worn that shawl a LOT, so much that it has holes in it where I’ve caught it on things, such as the little plates on the door jams.  I’ve been thinking about knitting another for awhile now.  I know that when I originally knit it, I modified the pattern a little by casting on extra stitches to make it larger.  At the time, it seemed beyond huge but I actually like the size for wearing and keeping it on.  I went digging around to see if I’d made notes on how many extra stitches I cast on, which I didn’t find.  What I did find was a blog anniversary.  I started blogging July 23, 2003.  Holy crap, that was a long time ago!  The original blog is long gone.  I’ve read things I wrote way back then and I was a lot more vocal back then.  I talked more about what was going on in my life than I do now.  I also bitched a lot more than I do now.  Let me rephrase that.  I wrote my complaints in blog posts a lot more than I do now.  I also wasn’t weaving back then, only knitting.  Though I did mention wanting to learn to weave in 2005.

Back to the shawl.  For some odd reason, I want to say that I cast on an extra 28 stitches.  I have no idea if that is right or not, and I’m not sure why I have that number stuck in my head. I can’t remember yesterday, let alone a number from 6 years ago.   Anyone want to place bets on if I’ll actually finish a new one?  When I was digging for yarn, I found 2 shawls and 2 scarves that would probably love to be finished.

On the weaving front, I have a 6 yard warp on the loom.  I have all but around 24 heddles threaded.  After the guild meeting tomorrow, I’ll finish those, sley the reed, and start weaving.  The warp is 10/2 mercerized cotton threaded for a 2/2 twill.  I was planning to use 20/2 unmercerized cotton for weft but I’m not sure how it’s going to work.  I’m going to try it single first and if I don’t like it, may double it up.

March 24

Hi! Long time no see!  I’ve thought about posting several times but since I didn’t have any pictures of anything, I didn’t do it.  I still don’t have pictures of anything I’ve woven or knitted or crocheted, but there will be some at the end if you suffer through my blathering first.  Or you could cheat and go directly to the end, which is fine.  Actually, I think I’ll let the kitty write this post.  Take it away Summer!

By Summer:

You might ask what the lady has been up to.  I’ll tell you.  She has been up to no good, as always.  She took a 2 day workshop on shadow weave at the local guild, leaving all of us animals to deal with The Man by ourselves.  The Man is allergic so I don’t get to go near him much, which was obviously a mistake since he tried to cut his thumb off while on our watch.  See, we replaced a toilet that didn’t work very well.  He set the old one in the garage, where it sat for a couple of weeks.  Mom was tired of the toilet in the garage and told him if he didn’t break it up and put it in the garbage within one week, she’d do it herself.  The deadline fast approaching, he decided to break it up while Mom was away, reached to grab a piece to put in the trash, and cut his thumb.  Bad.  Doc fixed him up with a bandaid and a tetanus shot, and all is well.  Complete with whining, of course.  Sorry, steered off course there! Anyway, before the workshop, Mom borrowed a table loom from the guild thinking she would use it for the workshop if she chose an 8 shaft draft.  She set it on the floor, where I contemplated using it.

I used it, alright.  Great place for napping, don’t you think?

Mom chose a 4 shaft draft and thought this would be a great opportunity to try out her Harrisville as a traveling loom.  She will tell you that this didn’t work out so great because to haul it, she has to turn it sideways to get it in the back seat of her car. Even with what she thought was a good job of securing the heddle frames, her heddle cords got out of whack.  It worked fine while weaving though so all was well and she completed her workshop.  The teacher of the workshop brought an AVL Workshop Dobby Loom.  Mom got to weave on it and now she wants one.  Imagine that, she wants another loom.  The Man told her she could get another loom if she wanted but an existing loom has to go.   Mom says if they didn’t cost so darned much, it would be a deal. Between you and me, she’s still lusting after a computer driven dobby loom even though as a hobby weaver, she doesn’t need one.  She’s considering hijacking the tax check, but that’s also just between us.  And now she spends half her time on Craigslist, looking for a used Weavebird or AVL.  Which she Does. NOT. Need! Crazy woman!  I’m outta here!

A square

I’ve never really been a fan of crochet.  It always brought to mind stiff plastic feeling things, usually made with some shade of orange.  Once I found the world of yarns that don’t come from a dime store (raise your hand if you know what a dime store is :p) and people who crochet with that yarn, I admitted that there are some pretty things you can do.  Though it’s not something I want to do to the extent of knitting or weaving, I’m willing to play around with it once in awhile.  Usually with acrylic yarn 🙂

I’ve tried making one of these several times before and usually gave up.  Now that I have it figured out, I need to make one to send to the designer for charity.  I can’t send this one because:  it should have either white or black where the blue is, it’s bigger than it’s supposed to be, and the green petals are wool.  It’s also kind of ugly.

I joined another weaving guild this weekend.  First up, a little rant.  Two people in the back, which is where I was surprise surprise, talked non-stop between each other while people in the front were speaking.  I later learned one of them was the guest speaker.  I thought it was extremely rude and I have a hard time respecting someone that does that.  She did show some spindles she had made that I’d like to make.  They had a table of things for sale and I picked up a set of Purrington Angel Wings (if you click the link, they’re about halfway down the page) that look brand new. I also bought tickets for a chance at some fiber but didn’t win.