This really feels like the home straight now…week 42 of 52! Yet I have been totally distracted from my YOP list by lampshade making and buying a loom.
I have updated my YOP list and have removed Crochet as a category. I’m not saying I won’t ever pick it back up again, but the longer I have been knitting the harder it seems to go back to crochet. I can’t get used to the hook and yarn in my hands and there are other crafts that I am currently more drawn to. That being said, I shall be crocheting vicariously, by reading the blogs of my fellow YOPers, many of whom make amazing and beautiful crocheted items.
So crochet is out and weaving has filled its place. I was going to do a separate weaving blog post, but didn’t get around to it, so that’s included here instead.
So my first ever woven item turned out ok. There are a few mistakes but overall I am pretty pleased with it. This photo is before I washed it.
I seemed to get to grips with the process pretty quickly, but I need to learn the terms, learn some patterns, purchase some pick up sticks, so I can do patterns in the weaving.
The yarn was Hayfield Spirit DK Acrylic/Wool blend. Not really ideal for a first weaving attempt from a stretchiness of the yarn point of view, but the colour changes in the yarn work well.
My 2nd attempt was playing with some DMC Just Cotton yarn that is so splitty it was impossible to knit or crochet with. I think I need a different sized weave thingy…heddle?…so that it makes a tighter weave, but it was ok to practice with. Obviously I should have differently spaced the cream warp (vertical) lines to make it symmetrical.
It was our Camera Club’s AGM on Monday evening, that dragged on for over 2 hours…so I got quite a few rows done on my socks. Without measuring where I was up to I did more sock knitting watching Bridget Jones movie and of course by the time I measured they were 1/4 inch too long, so I made toe decreases every row and tried to make a left and a right sock by decreasing more on the pinky toe side. There was much swearing done when I was trying to fix my Kitchener stitch on one sock, as it had a hard bump at the end. After hours trying to sort it I went to bed and in the morning decided the feet are too short and so I unpicked the toes!
So these have a few accidental changes to the Hermione’s Everyday Sock pattern, including where the purl stitches on the main pattern!
I finished the waist decreases and started on the hip increases on my Elda cardigan. The marker shows my progress this week, even though I didn’t post a picture last week!?! So far it fits well, but I need to stop putting weight on or it is not going to fit! I just cannot stop thinking about biscuits (cookies) and chocolate, all day, every day…and obviously consuming them too!
I even did another few rows on Void shawl, but barely any difference since I last posted that…they are seriously long rows now. On the trickier rows they take about 45 minutes to do 1 row!!! I still can’t see me making this to the full pattern length….pretty sure as it gets wider I’ll eventually hit 2 hours to do 1 row!
Yep more lampshades!
#8 for the landing, outside the bathroom. The dark blobs were supposed to be pebbles, but most of them were lost during trimming and folding edges…doh!!
#9 is a larger (25cm instead of 20cm) lampshade for the living room. Designed to go with the photograph it illuminates.
I have 4 kits left, think I miscounted last week. Hall table, spare bedroom, study and one more landing light to do.
I have been saving all the trimmed edges from the lampshades to make something with. I’ve been thinking about dusting off my sewing machine and experimenting putting embellishments on felt.
What I am listening to
On BBC Radio 4 for over 70 years there’s been a radio show called Desert Island Discs. The guests have to pick 8 record singles/tracks, they are given the Bible, the complete works of Shakespeare and they can pick 1 other book and a luxury item. Hundreds of the episodes are available as podcasts and for licensing reasons the tracks on the podcast are cut short. This means I can get 2 episodes in per dog walk. This week has been so interesting. Lauren Bacall, Tom Hanks, Bill Gates, Dustin Hoffman, Goldie Hawn, Alice Walker (author of The Colour Purple) are some of the American guests I’ve listened to. Kenneth Williams, Dame Judy Dench, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Liam Gallagher, Claire Balding are some of the Brits I’ve listened too. It gets you thinking about what 8 songs you’d want to take and what book and luxury item you’d want to take with you. I’ve drafted a list of the songs, my book choice would either be Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer (which I’ve already read 5 times and still enjoy) or the complete works of Pam Ayres Poetry, that I could learn off by heart. The luxury item…yarn perhaps? Goldie Hawn chose lip gloss!