I bought a skein of Regia Pairfect yarn designed by Arne and Carlos to make my husband a pair of socks for Christmas. My plan is to cast them on later today and them be finished for him to wear Christmas Day.
I felted 3 x 20cm Highland seascape lampshades this week. Two with a beach and one without but it has angelina sparkles in the sea. These are now in the Alchemist Gallery in Dingwall for sale.
I also felted a sea/landscape bauble. This one isn’t in the shop yet.
This took really no effort at all, it’s some wool fibre that is too scratchy for a project and I thinned out a very fine layer of sari silk waste fibre and wrapped that around the scratchy fibre and popped them in these plastic baubles from Hobbycraft.
I have made a start on Dolores’ cable knit jumper. It is made in separate sections so this will eventually be my first separate piece constructed garment, albeit a cuddly toy sized version. If any of you have knit an adult sized jumper with cables in 4 ply/fingering weight then you deserve a medal.
I finished spinning my 2nd batch of US Rambouillet top. It has been soaked and still drying.
You would think having a new Inkle loom that I would practice some straight forward pattern bands, right? Well where’s the adventure in doing that? Instead I dived straight in with attempting to weave Monk’s Belt sample patterns.
Techie bit: Monk’s Belt is a method of using two different thicknesses of yarn to give you a raised pattern and a background fabric. I have used 2/16 mercerised Egyptian cotton in lilac and 3×2/16 mercerised Egyptian cotton in Gentian (purple). These are the actual yarn weights as sold, not me doing 3 threads of 2/16, although I assume that is also an option, but definitely easier to buy it wound already.
I warped the Inkle loom which took ages as you have to cut and tie your last and next colour almost every rotation. When I was done I looked at my loom and it made no sense to me at all! I then checked the picture again and realised I had looped some of my yarn incorrectly. My Ashford Inklette loom has the heddles the opposite way around which is why I’d got confused…I think.
So, I unwound all the thread and hoped that when I re-threaded it that the knots for the colour changes would all still line up or be easy to fix with additional knots. Thank goodness it did actually all work out.
Once I’d re-warped I looked at the chart and thought 💭 what the heck do I do now ⁉️ So I went off and made dinner and then was felting things for a few days.
Eventually I looked on YouTube. Well I may have found the one single subject on earth that has no YouTube videos about it!!! There’s some for doing it on a rigid heddle or table loom but none on an Inkle loom.
I had a look on the Inkle weaving for beginners Facebook group and searched “Monk’s” and what came back was a lot of weavers who had tried and failed to grasp weaving this pattern style. Weavers who were using the same pattern book as me! This was not a good sign.
On Saturday I asked some advice on our Weaving interest group call. I seem to have crossed a pale yarn when manipulating the threads and struggled to pick the right purple ones because they were hard to see. So it looks….well rubbish so far 😂 These threads are extremely thin.
But its early days and I have ordered a table that will allow me to do it watching TV in the lounge. When that arrives I’ll have better lighting and angle so fingers crossed I’ll have a neater bit to show next week!
I’ve got a couple of medical things going on at the moment and my GP said this week just ask them to combine ultrasound appointments when I get the invites to book my appointments. A two for one deal would usually excite me 🤣
I have booked a trip for us to go back to the Outer Hebrides in March next year, this time staying on South Uist which will make it handy for us to take the ferry on a day trip to the Isle of Barra, which my husband hasn’t been to yet. We are also on the lookout for a place on Islay (an Inner Hebrides isle) too.
I hope all my US friends had a great time with friends and family last week for Thanksgiving.
This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 12th year, but this is my 5th year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.