OTL and OTN


I’ve had a warp on the loom for a month, slowly weaving here and there when time allowed.  I finished the 5th (I think) and final towel and still have some warp left to play with.  There’s not enough for another towel, though maybe a few washcloths.

In this one, the twill lines all go in a diagonal.  In the one after this, the lines zigzag, which you can’t see in this picture.

I’ve also been working on the pie wedge shawl.

There were 3 1/2 wedges when I took the picture, there are 5 complete wedges completed now.  One more to go.  The first shawl took 2 months to complete.  This one is most likely only going to take about a month.  The new one is very close to the same color as the old one.

Old one on the right, new one on the left.  I’ll be the first to admit that these shawls aren’t something you look at and say “ooo, pretty” because they really aren’t.  The colors are in very short spurts which detracts from any type of lace pattern because they pool.

Spring cleaning fever is hitting, at least for today.  I thought when I got off work, I could get the living room completely cleaned.  No.  I went through 3 baskets and 2 large drawers of crap.  Crap like magazines, cds, books, old paperwork, tv/dvd player/etc wires, playing cards… crap.  Now I have a stack of magazines piled up by chair so I can go through them to see if I want to keep them. So much for cleaning up.  But, I do want to make things look presentable as the in-laws are coming next week.  Unfortunately, I tend to first clean things no one will ever see instead of the things they will, like my closet or sock drawer.  It’s a struggle to stay away from those but I got off to a good start.  At least I started in the right room.

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.