Monday, 29 May 2017

Busy Squirmy Wormy Weekends.

It was a busy weekend watching my sweet squirmy wormy kiddies again as mommy and daddy are working on sorting and moving the rest of their stuff. The spray park here in Mundare is open and we spent a great deal of time there and the little kiddie playground there as well.  What good planning to have both so close so that little ones with short attention spans could do both.  Great job Mundare.  It is so nice finding out all the really good things about a new home.

But that did mean that not a whole lot of knitting happened.  A row and a half I think it is.  And there won't be much knitting this morning either.  I am determined to tidy my house.  It is awash in little cars and books and puzzles. And Cheerios from last week.  (A two year old can find all the cheerios you missed in no time at all.) It reminds me of when my own kids were small.  I prefer a house that is tidy, but tidy never come before kiddies.  Tidy houses are for when you are older and have time for that.  Of course this doesn't excuse the mess of knitting, but then knitting too, is far more important than tidying. Clean is different though many think of them as the same thing.

I've been thinking this morning about weaving and looms.  I have been waiting till I was settled to make a decision on what I wanted for myself.  I started planning for a rigid heddle loom that was wider than my little Cricket loom was.  And I still want that, but I have been on such an adventure of learning about looms and I have settled my mind on what I want.  

I am going to get a tapestry loom to start.  Not one of the enourmous Gobelin tapestry looms that take up a room and cost thousands, but rather the widest Penelope II looms from Leclerc.  I have always been interested in tapestry.  It is connected to my interest in history, European medieval history particularly.  It is directly connected to my fascination with embroidery and has been with me since I learned to read the old Book of Knowledge that my dad had for us as children.  I want to understand the technique to understand the lovely tapestries that survive today.

Penelope II has the advantage of also working well as a rigid heddle loom, being very much an adaptation of their Bergere Rigid Heddle Loom.  

My next plan is one I have settled on for a while.  I don't have the room here for a floor loom.  I could but I would have to get rid of some furniture first.  Giving that much living space to something I am not sure of, isn't in the cards.  It's kind of sad, because there are a regular parade of 4 shaft floor looms on the used market here.

I want something where I can play with more than 4 shafts.   Patterning interests me for towels and other fabrics.  I do want to weave curtains and the idea of weaving something I could use for clothing interests me too.  I want more than scarves and blankets.  More than 4 shafts is what will make it hard to find locally even if I was looking at floor looms. There are several 4 shaft Dorothy looms on the market used, but while I could upgrade the Dorothy to be 8 shafts, the price of the used loom, plus the upgrade kit is pretty much what I would pay new for exactly what I want.   Only 1 Dorothy currently on the market is more than 4 shafts and it is the narrower version of the loom as are most of the others.  For fabric, I need at least the 24 inches. That is not negotiable.  So I have settled on a Voyageur loom from Leclerc. 

I can't quite do the Voyageur yet.  In another month or two I hope too, but I can do the Penelope now, without waiting.  And today, that is what I am going to do.

And now to other adventures here.

My tomatoes season begins.  And I might have to harvest some rhubarb. It's a good day all around.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Ten More

On or about May 26 or 27 of 2007, I started to knit.

I have been knitting for 10 years.  I have knit for almost every single one of those for 3650 days.

In those 10 years, I have knit slightly more than 300 projects.  For several years now, I have listed all my sock knitting as one sock parade but only count them as one on going project on Ravelry, where I track my projects. I knit between 8 and 10 pairs of socks per year so added to Ravelrys 279, plus the socks, I feel pretty comfortable with the number.

In 10 years I have accumulated enough yarn to keep me knitting for the rest of my life.  I could knit 10 sweaters a year for 10 years and 10 pairs of socks and 5 shawls and I would still have a bit left.  Incoming yarn doesn't quite keep up to outgoing yarn, and that's ok.  I can knit as much as I want and I will still have yarn.

I have a library of wonderful inspiring books about yarn and yarn things.  It keeps the creative juices going and the dreams going even when I can't knit.

It changed my life in a hundred ways, and I am thankful.  

Thursday, 25 May 2017

And back to our regularly scheduled knitting!

I've been pecking away at the red sweater and really am pleased with where it seems to be heading.  It might be a good day today to sit down and really blow out some inches.

It is near waist level so about half done, and overall I am pretty pleased.

I love the stitch pattern I have used, Lace Wings from The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery by Mildred Graves Ryan.  

It's just the right amount of delicate and exactly what I was hoping for.  It is the perfect little stitch for a fancy cover up for the wedding but not so fancy that it is out of place with the rest of my wardrobe.

I also love how the edging detail is turning out.

It rolls and then stays put exactly so.  Beats an applied icord edging yet still give you that nice crisp edge.

And I love how the increases look at the sides.  

Isn't that neat?  After all the fuss and bother I had working the lace as the stitches increased, I left this area plain.  In a perfect world, lace would just seamlessly flow out  of the increases.  I can see it in my head, but just really didn't flow so easily out of my hand.  Smarter people would have graphed it out on paper to give themselves a pattern to follow.  If I was doing it again, that would be done.  For this top, c'est le vie.  

There aren't quite enough stitches being added for a nice looking fit at my hips.  I knew that going in.  I don't want the top to pull back so I will be switching out to a larger needle shortly to add what I need.  The bonus to this, over faster increases, is that the bottom of the sweater will drape and flow just a little more softly than the top.  Upping needle sizes worked so very well for me on my version of Myliu Lino and it seemed right for a sweater where adding increases across the back is not an option such as this is.

The only sad thing is that this red is so hard to get a good picture of so you can see it's true deep cherry.  It's called Persian red if that helps any.  I have tried switching out background colours and daylight versus flash, but it never quite captures the depth and intensity I see in front of me. 

I am so pleased with the way it is coming together and might make one for my mum.  I have some lovely yarn from Hemp for Knitting for a top for her, but I don't think it is quite enough.  It would make a shortie  cover up but as fashionable as my mom is, shortie is not an option.  But this pattern would be exactly what she wanted when we first talked about the design.

So knitting on going and knitting future. Always something to play with and I am going to take every advantage of single minute.