I’ve just realised next week marks the end of the 3rd Quarter of our Year in Projects year! My list was clearly way too ambitious, but I’ll just carry some things over to next year and no need to panic. I do keep switching between ideas of what to make and with the generosity of some designers on Ravelry I have added some new patterns to my library.
I haven’t done any felting this week and our felting group is closed for the foreseeable future, we’d already decided to pop it on hold due to the current global situation but the community centres are also now closed. Instead we have created a WhatsApp group and will stay connected that way.
The place that was going to take my lampshades has closed for the foreseeable too.
My knitting mojo is a no show. I started a dishcloth, but it isn’t finished. I have been tweaking my Ravelry queue in the hope that something grabs me. I did find a useful web page about counting rows on your knitting, I’ve linked to it on a separate post
I have decided to make a bag for my weaving bits and bobs. It will need to have internal pockets and I’ve no clue how to do those. Does anyone know of any great ‘how to sew’ blogs or YouTube channels?
Well my spinning mojo is definitely back. Helped by the fact our North facing Sunroom, where my wheel is kept, is now getting the sun through the side window in the afternoons. I finished one full bobbin of the baby camel and tussah silk, I chain plied it, gave it a soak and snap and then hung it outside!!! Ok so it didn’t actually get fully dry, but it’s the first thing I’ve hung outside this year…hello Spring! It’s ended up about 12 wraps per inch, so sport weight. Still plenty of the fibre left to spin up.
I then had a go at spinning the orange blended batts, I was much looser about thickness and drafting method, aiming for a thick and thin single. The 2 batts that had other colours blended in them are now spun on one bobbin and my plan is to spin the pure orange batt thinner so that I have enough to ply with the thicker yarn and it should increase the orangeness! Not that I particularly like orange as a colour.
So last Sunday was our Krokbragd weaving course which I enjoyed. The rug yarn I’d bought especially for it was too thick for the size Sett/reed I had, so luckily one of the other members had some finer wool I was able to use. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the rug yarn now.
I was so confused over the process for the first half of the day, but in the afternoon it twigged and now I’m loving it. Gee whiz though I have way too long a warp on the loom to do it all in Krokbragd. The way you smish down all the wefts means you weave for a long time and end up with an inch. A wider sett (which I don’t own) and chunkier wool would really speed up the process. I’ve done the 3 pattern examples our tutor gave us and she told us how to design our own patterns. I’m now using lace weight yarn! It would take 40 years to continue, so I’m just going to use the warp to play around with different techniques, as a sampler.
As I have a rigid heddle loom I used 2 heddle rods with strings, which enables you to achieve what a 4 shaft loom can.
Well we are super grateful that we got to go away for our anniversary, as we’ve had to cancel our holiday to the Isle of Lewis that was due to start next Saturday. We nearly didn’t go away for our anniversary as it seemed a bit close to our other trip, but glad we went ahead.
I’ve set up a Facebook and WhatsApp group for our local spinning group, so that no-one is isolated. We have a WhatsApp group for our felting group. I’ve been watching the extra podcasts some people are doing and have enough yarn and fibre to open a shop, so I’m sorted to keep myself busy and keep in touch.
It seemed to be bake a banana bread week, a lot of fellow bloggers and a friend all made it this week…comfort food! If you’d like to know how else I am keeping busy, I did another separate post
earlier this week.
Our nurses, doctors, shop workers, emergency service workers, bin men etc are all carrying on and I’m so grateful for them. In the UK they’ve now closed all bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, pubs and other places people come together and socialise in.
I’m trying to cope with my anxiety about some of my friends (in their 70s and 80s) who are still going out and the teenagers playing football on the small patch of grass opposite our house, but it’s a challenge. Yesterday on our dog walk where we’d usually pass maybe 2 or 3 people, we past about 20, most not with dogs. There are swarms of cars and camper-vans heading to the Highlands because we’ve had so few cases, people from the cities are heading here! But with campsites closed where are these people going to be washing, we don’t have the food supply or hospitals to cope if they bring more cases here. There’s one main hospital in the Highlands, in Inverness. Many of the islands don’t have hospitals at all. This may be the time I finally get around to trying meditation, I need to quieten my inner voice.
Stay safe everyone and stay home! xxx
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