Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weaving with cashmere is a pain, but the result is so so worth it.

My main obsession continues to be weaving. I still have raggedy edges, but the fabric! Oh the fabric. This was the next project on the 10" cricket (which I have now returned). The next project is warped on the 20" Knitter's Loom I bought at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild. I had a few hiccups with the Knitter's Loom, and I found the Cricket sturdier and more fun to use, but I am getting used to the new loom (and the amount of table space it is taking up).

I am still half-heartedly poking away at the Tardis shawl. I mucked up the lace across the back, but I think I have fudged it and now I am knitting the Tardis(es). I am interested in the end product, but the getting there is a bit of an uphill battle and is losing out to the weaving most of the time. 

The sock blanket has had a bit of a comeback, too. I have been knitting this on and off (mostly off) since the start of 2008, but something about it has lit a fire under me recently. I'll probably get in a few more diamonds before my attention wanders again. I have no urge to start any new knitting projects right now (which feels weird) because my mind is so taken up with the possibilities of weaving.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A new Fibre obsession

So, I have been knitting a little, but it has gone from my main hobby to my hobby that comes in after banjo and dancing and reading and other things. But then over the weekend I borrowed a rigid heddle loom from friends (and got an excellent lesson in how to use it that set me well on the path to obsession) and all other things (including sleep) have been relegated to secondary importance.

This patchwork-y scarf was a great way to start. It gave me a lot of information about how weaving works.

And I have been eyeing off this green yarn for weaving potential for years.

If the spirit moves me, I may embroider it.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Where the banjo gets more attention than the knittng

In 2011 I spent more time travelling than knitting.

In 2012 I spent more time playing the banjo than knitting. There were things knit. Lots of baby things. I even took pictures of most of it. But I spent way more time with the banjo.

In 2013, the only thing I have worked on so far is a crochet blanket. I looked around at all the yarn I am not knitting and felt a tiny bit like I should really ought to be doing something with it. And nothing uses up yarn like a nice bit of crochet. I would take a picture of it and show you, but the blog is full. Google won't let me put up new pictures. So imagine a lovely rug in Jo Sharp DK that I bought on sale about four years ago in lovely burgandy, purple, green and blue.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas and icing

Christmas fruit mix for mum 2012:

250g sultanas
250g currants
150g dates - chopped
150g figs - chopped
1 stick of cinnamon
2 tsp cardamom
tsp allspice
tsp ground cloves
125ml brandy

World's most amazing icing ever for Jayne:

110g white chocolate
45g flour
250ml milk
-make a roux, whisk until very thick, beat until light
225g butter
1.5tsp vanilla
250g castor sugar
-cream, add the completely cooled roux, beat until amazing.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. 2012.

I went up to Bendigo on an early(ish) train with a friend and her son. We cleaned up nicely. I left with a supported spindle (which, several attempts and youtube videos later, I still can't make work). A banksia tree drop spindle (beautiful, it would make a great Australian present for a non-Australian spinner). Both spindles were made by Ron West the wood turner/spinner from (SA, QLD? not sure). The tag says 'From the shop of Ron West. Phone (08) 8554 1882'. Does anyone have any web info for him? I can't find him.

I also bought two skeins of jitterbug from Sarah Durrant to make 'Bigger on the inside . A skein of blue bijou malabrigo to make Gretel

Also, I saw a woman wearing the cabled turban and I'd like to make it, but I fear it would make my head look even bigger than it is.

And there is 1.3 kg of Wendy Dennis fleece. It is a lovely pale marbled grey. I have to decide whether to wash it or just to spin it in the grease. It is beautiful. I like it a lot. I am keen to get my other fleece finished so that I can start on it.

Some spindles I did not buy.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Woman's Weekly Knitted Cosy

I only got one side finished before Christmas, but I got the other side finished before the new year.

It is enormously dense. It keeps the tea super warm.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Kochkor tea cosy

I made a tea cosy for a friend on the Silk Road trip. I was supposed to finish it and give it to him on the trip, but ran out of time. So here it is, finished today (unless I decide to put leaves on it, but it barely looks like the daffodil pattern so I wonder if there is any point).

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

 I started this birch in Kyrgyzstan, right after I finished the blue Lacey Baktus. But from there on there was a lot of desert and hot and prickly and I put it away and barely looked at it until we got to the relative cool of Turkey.

Here I took it balloon riding in Cappadocia.

 Here we are in the Aya Sofia in Istanbul.

 And outside the Blue Mosque.

I finished it on the train from Istanbul to Bucharest, which is a shame, because I wanted to give it to a friend on the trip.

Not to worry, I shall carry it around until I find it a home.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Lacy Baktus

It has been so hot that my knitting has slowed considerably. But I finished a lacy baktus and it is modelled here by its recipient. The order of photos is: 1. Looking at the baktus. 2. Demonstrating the manly way to wear the lacy baktus. 3 & 4. Demonstrating the 'high street' way of wearing it.