YOP10 Week 4/52 – My new 32” loom

Knitting

On Reyna, I was tinking back through the stitches to correct the error highlighted last week. Getting frustrated I then tried to go down in a column where I thought I’d gone wrong, but what I’ve learned is that this proves way more complicated on lace sections than on stocking stitch or garter stitch. So I ended up threading a safety line in below the error and ripping it out. All I’ve managed to do since is re:knit the same section. So I won’t post a photo this week.

Spinning

I posted the results of this year’s Tour de Fleece earlier in the week. But an update on that is in the Spinnin’ Chien team I’d won a pattern up to $12. I am super fortunate that they generously allowed me to have 2 patterns that came to the $12. I chose the Havana Afghan CAL, which is on this year’s YOP list to make a start on. I just love Maria’s version, which is the one I’ve linked. I’ve seen people crochet smaller versions and even use the chart to use in knitting!

The second pattern is Hat Vent 2019 by Jodi from the Grocery Girls podcast. These are cute minis of some of her hat patterns, I thought would be fun for some of my handspun for another Christmas garland.

I also won some fibre from the Corner of Knit and Tea team, but I suspect it will take a while to arrive from America.

I made a start on spinning the remaining rolags for my jumper quantity spin, that I’ve been working on for a long time. I bought the John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre a year ago this weekend at Fibre East. This year they are doing a virtual festival. Rather than knitting with it I was considering weaving with it and then making my first garment, but I’m a long way off finishing the spin.

Weaving

My new (to me) Ashford 32″/80cm Rigid Heddle Loom and stand arrived on Wednesday afternoon. It had been packed and labelled really well to make it easier to assemble. By Thursday morning it was all set up and ready to warp. I warped it with Sugar’n Cream worsted weight cotton in Holly Jolly colour. For the weavers amongst you here’s the details: 7.5dpi heddle, 148 ends, 82″ warp. I had barely any draw in, which enabled me to weave right to the heddle!

The first towel has an inch of 8/4 cotton weft on each end. I did hem stitch top and bottom of both towels using the 8/4 cotton, but will also be folding and sewing the hems and seeing which one is best/easiest.

The Sugar’n Cream yarns do bleed colour, but the last towels I made in this yarn were fine as I rinsed them a few times with cold running water in the sink before hand washing first and they were ok for machine washing. My Mistletoe dishcloths made last year are all very pink with no white, as I didn’t realise about the colour run being an issue with this yarn. Once they are hemmed and washed I may do a full post with all the details.

If you’d like to see a video of me unravelling it, there’s one on my Facebook page.

My loom came with 2 x 7.5 reeds but only has a single heddle block (bit that holds the reed), so I have ordered a double heddle which is easy to attach. I have also ordered some pick-up sticks so that I can do some patterns, oh and whilst I was paying for postage I thought I may as well buy a few other bits and pieces. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Other News

Steph and I had a great day at Highland Wildlife Park on Monday. In typical Scottish summertime I started the day with my padded coat, hat, shawl and gloves and raincoat as it was a chilly start, then lunchtime brought rain and by the afternoon it was warm enough to take off some layers. Can you spot the 2 adult male polar bears considering a swim?

On Friday my husband said it was International Tequila day so we drank margaritas and played Bolivian Canasta until 2am! I don’t normally drink much alcohol and slept dreadfully what with the room spinning and then heartburn…ah well!


This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 10th year, but this is my 3rd year participating. To avoid confusion I am labelling my posts as YOP10. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry* or you’d like to join in, please follow the link for details. To read what other members of the YOP Group have been getting up to please click on the latest weekly folder and follow the links to their blog posts. This is a friendly group with a wide mix of skills and crafting interests. The YOP year runs from July to June.

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27 comments

  1. congratulations on your new loom! Of course in my weaving obsession that was what most caught my attention! And well done on your towel, the pictures of the separator are very helpful, I’ve never tried that, so thanks!
    That yarn you are spinning looks absolutely delicious, it will make a great garment I am sure, whether you knit or weave!

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  2. Your John Arbon looks gorgeous and I’m sure will look great in a woven project. I’m sorry about the Reyna, but I’m sure this way you will be much happier with the finished article.

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  3. Congratulations on the new loom! It looks like you will be very productive on it! I just read a Facebook post about Scottish Twitter, it was very funny,,,,,I’ve made a Reyna too, so am curious to see yours…..

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  4. Your window view is lovely! Next week I would have been packing for a trip to Scotland to do a walking tour. Sadly, that will not happen this year. Hopefully travel will be possible next summer.

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  5. Congratulations on the new loom! I just wished I was more fluent in weaving speak. LOL. It really looks fascinating. And thanks for spreading the Havanna CAL virus – I think I need to make a Havanna blanket as well. Not that I don’t have any other blankets to finish first … *sigh*

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  6. You start talking weaving and with all the terms I feel like you are speaking a foreign language. I love the towels – so well done! Sorry about having to frog and reknit so much of your lace, but I am sure you are glad you did. Ah, yes, tequila and spinning rooms. Been there. Done that. No t-shirt, but I deserve one!

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  7. Sorry Reyna had to be tinked back. Hopefully you are back on track now. Your woven towels look great. The loom is quite handsome too. What a spectacular view you have from the window. I don’t think I would ever leave that spot.

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  8. I know you were excited to get the new loom up and running. What a great spot for it, you can work in the natural light with a beautiful view. I’ve seen the color run with that yarn myself. I try to stick with single colors for that fact but I’ll do as you suggest and try to set the colors with a couple of cold washes before using. It has been my go to yarn for dish and wash cloths.
    I’m glad that the day ended up well and that you enjoyed your venturing out after all of the staying in.
    Frogging is the worst and I hope that the redo is easy and your get back on track quickly.

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  9. Congrats on your winnings! What fun that is! I remember Maria’s Havana blanket…so gorgeous! Good luck with yours. The mini hats are so cute…what fun for decorating. I see the polar bears and what a beautiful park. I love the view out your window and you new loom! Awesome and your towels are gorgeous. Have you tried those Tide color catchers? So sorry about the Reyna tear out but you are talented because if I made a mistake I would just have to start over.
    Enjoy your weaving!

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  10. Oh, I feel your pain on the tinking back and having re-knit some of Reyna. Congrats on winning the patterns. I can’t wait to see your Havanna! No pressure. ;^) But that is a really cool blanket. I’m sorry to read that the bleeding colors ruined the tea towels. I find it’s hit and miss with what colors will bleed when it comes to cotton yarn – even in the same brand. Anymore, I tend to just expect colors to bleed in cotton fibers and either test, or make my decisions how to use it in case it does. What a lovely view in the distance you have from your weaving perch. Sigh. And oh my goodness – bears! I would have missed them if you hadn’t pointed them out. Again, what beautiful scenery…

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    • Thanks Becki, It’s my dishcloths from last year that were ruined rather than the tea towels, so I was glad to have learned about this yarn bleeding so I know what to do on the hand towels and tea towels.

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  11. I am sorry that you had to rip out some knitting but i am sure it will be better in the end.
    I really love the colour of your first garment spin! I hope that it turns out magnificently.

    Your dishcloths are so great! I have never really woven anything so it looks so magical to me. 🙂

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