WeavingFebruary 22, 2011
It was the one thing I said I'd never do.
No one could make me. No one would make me. I didn't have time. I had zero interest. None. What-so-EVER.
Nope. I didn't have the time, the room, or the desire. It was never going to happen.
Then Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls (whose superhero name I've decided is Ms. N. A. Bler) started tweeting that it took her an hour to warp her Schacht Cricket loom. (An hour! I got yer hour right here! I'd always thought it took a whole day to warp any kind of loom.) She tweeted she made a herringbone scarf on her second or third time out the gate. (I like herringbone!)
And the loom was so cute, there at Stitches, just waiting for me to buy, buy, buy. The above is my first attempt (it did indeed only take me an hour to warp, but that was after putting the dang thing together, which was tricky for someone who doesn't do well with tools), and it's really clumsily woven in places. I just used Cascade 220, one handpainted, one variegated. But I love it.
[Tech question to Those Who Know: See the right side of the pic, where you can see the warp? I like that. But in order to get that, I wasn't draping the yarn at a 45 degree angle before beating, I was draping it much closer (15 degrees?) which gave me a good selvedge, but it was pulling in quite a bit. When I made sure to drape it out at 45 degrees(ish), my selvedge went ragged again, and the warp disappeared under the weft, no matter how softly I beat with the heddle.* Whazzup with that?]
And just for fun, to prove I still knit (I haven't shown you the last THREE sweaters I've made! I swear I will! Eek!) here's my Swallowtail, preblocking, with Digit as guard.
Green cashmere of some sort, and I don't remember where I got it. Rhinebeck, perhaps? At the moment, it's blocking on the bed, which was a bad idea, because I feel like napping, and that's the best place since my feet are cold. Poor knit-planning. I suppose I could kick some dogs off the couch, if it comes to that.
*Look at me using all those new words I didn't know a few days ago!!!!