Tuesday, July 28

Fibre East 2015

It's a terrible thing to admit that yarn you've had for at least a year still hasn't told you what it wants to be! So I was determined to keep a tight grip on my purse at this year's Fibre East, not least because payday's not 'til Friday and the bank account is a little in the red this week. Oh well, I nearly succeeded!

I had an email from Pat on the Friday night to say the marquee was rather damp and to wear sensible shoes. Lynda brought trays so we could keep our belongings dry. Luckily I think the weather was better on the Saturday - when I spent an afternoon machine knitting a very oddly shaped jumper in the back garden. I'd volunteered to help out on the Guild stand for the Sunday, which had that dreadful grey mizzle that sets in for the day. Undeterred, plenty of folks were in shorts and sandals - it wasn't very warm, either! There were four marquees and three halls, all named after breeds of sheep, plus an area for competition entries.

I picked up some paper quills to fit my Glimakra shuttles, and an Ashford shuttle to fit the shuttles I bought last week from P&M Woolcraft. Very nicely made. Then I bought some mercerised cotton for weaving from My Fine Weaving Yarn (so much nicer to see the thickness in person!) and a shawl kit from Debonnaire. It has sequins, what can I say? Bumped into a few weavers but not many knitters that I knew, apart from the good folks of Yarn Cafe of course. A lovely event as always - can't wait for next year!

View from the stand:





Weaving in progress with new shuttle:

More pictures from Fibre East here - I daresay there'll be more on the Fibre East website soon too.

Still really enjoying the weaving. Finally onto the second cabled sock, everything else is on hiatus at the moment.

Current mood: impressed

Thursday, July 16


Bookmarking this pattern because I'd really like to have a go at it. It's handknit (and in Russian) but with a decent enough chart that you could convert it. Plus it looks like mock rib to me!


This was about where I got to by 10pm last night, started around 7pm.

I had to fix a few more threading errors, and a sleying error, but all in all it's been really interesting.


A bit of tabby in red, then a bit of 2x2 twill in yellow. It grows surprisingly fast.


Weather continues muggy with no breeze. I was weaving in my underwear by the end of the night! Between the sticks and the actual weaving there's about 7 rows of superchunky yarn, this was invaluable for showing up any threading errors. One of the pink warps broke so there's a replacement, weighted with a box of matches. You can't get 35mm film canisters in my house for love nor money!

Finally all the back stretching seems to be having an effect - I sat for a meal for 1.5 hours on Saturday night, and it didn't hurt when I got up. Maybe I'll be able to go to the cinema again soon!

Current mood: enthralled

Monday, July 13

Loom nooby

My first attempt at warping up the loom back to front didn't go as well as planned...

The warping went ok, all 200 ends of it:


So pretty!


By saturday night I had this:


which looks fine until you see the other side:


I managed to get all the tangles out eventually, but lost quite a bit of warp in the process. I forgot to tie one end of the warp, hopefully it's as simple as that.. It's a very slippy organic cotton, 16/2 cotton when I should've ordered something thicker. Oh well! Never again *shudders*

Had to stop threading as ran out of heddles - my loom apparently only came with 360, not the 400 advertised. Got some more on order.

Current mood: annoyed

Monday, July 6

FO: Noro hearts blanket

Finally finished (and yes, I found another square at the foot of the bed!):


I must be insane - hottest day of the year and I started sewing this up! :)

Tuesday, June 30

Using up oddments...

I have a great deal of trouble throwing away yarn, even if there's such a small amount it's hardly worth it. This weekend, I hit on the idea of making swatches for a local yarnbombing.


I also made these gloves - the white ones will go in the bin as I got the proportions mixed up. The Drops Delight got chucked - the gloves with rib were almost too tight to put on, and it doesn't bear up to grafting alas.


Trying to be organised, I laid out all the blanket squares:


And this immediately happened:



At least the cat appreciates my knitting and knows real wool when he sees it.