Thursday, July 21, 2011

Off the LOOM!

Dear Mom,
It's not the first project off my loom, but the first project that is worthy of sharing on the blog. The placemats I made at home to reinforce what I learned in class aren't bad- we'll use them- but there are places where I made treadling mistakes and my edges...well, my edges can only improve.
Almost as soon as those placemats were finished I was planning the next project. A simple scarf. Very simple. One that would allow me to concentrate on improving those edges. I dug through my stash and found some sock yarn from a long ago sock-of-the-month club and some coordinating bits of leftover sock yarn. I did the math, warped Donna Reed and a-weaving I went.

My edges are better. Not perfect, but much improved. And let me just say this about weaving: It. is. FAST.
I started warping the loom on Saturday afternoon and finished the scarf on Sunday afternoon. And I didn't sit there weaving for 24 hours straight. I did other stuff, too.
Also, I figured out ANOTHER good thing about weaving: You have to finish the thing on your loom before you can start another. Unlike Knitting. And you don't have to look far or hard around here to find knitting projects that have been cast on at a whim.
Also, just the idea of putting all my leftover bits of yarn to use in weaving projects is maybe the best thing of all. Just thinking about it makes me want to stop writing this and go dig through my yarn and start a new weaving project.
It hasn't been all weaving around here. I've done a bit of spinning- no pictures to show- and July's socks are finished.

Here is a close up of the stitch detail I knit in to break up the stripe pattern.

Before it gets too much hotter I need to get out to the garden a pick beans and blackberries. For all I know, they may be cooked already!

Keep Cool.


Wendelene said...

Ah, but then you get to be like me, I have 5 looms, 3 of them have projects on them. There is always a way to avoid finishing.

NCmountainwoman said...

I love the scarf. I can imagine it is so much fun to see the finished product so quickly. Too often I get bored with a knitting project; hence the number of bags with yarn, pattern, and half-finished projects I have lying around.

Christine said...

Oooh, I love both projects. You're making me want a loom. Please don't make me want a loom. I really have too much going on already.

Courtney said...

I love that scarf. Weaving looks like fun. I had a boy in my 5th grade classroom who taught himself to weave with a homemade little cardboard loom. He was hooked, too. I gave him my first homespun skeins and he went to town...couldn't get yarn fast enough. I never forget his enthusiasm.
Stay cool!