One of the best compliments a knitter can receive by those who do not knit, is when they squeal and jump with glee. Usually when something is small and adorable, people can’t help but think it’s cute. The baby tea leaves is small, has a good color, pretty good buttons, and is for a baby. I think it nailed it on the head, especially when the recipient mother was excited and saying things like, “it’s so adorable” or, “she is going to look so cute in this.” Even some other friends/coworkers came up and started making adorable sounds and squeals when they saw it. I’m very happy with how it turned out and that it’s going to be well loved and used. That’s always the hope for a knitter.
Now onto other knitting things and even a bit of weaving. I know I have not talked that much about weaving on here, but I’m going to be going full force with it for a bit, since I have the time. Since I’ll be starting a new full time job in the next few weeks I have about that amount of time to get things done before I don’t have that much free time. With that in mind on Friday I took a trip up to Custom Hand Weavers, the only weaving shop left in the area. The shop has been there for longer then I have been knitting (which is 13 years) and is run by the sweetest woman. She was very kind and gave me a lot of ideas of what I can weave. While there I picked up some 22/2 Cottolin to make dish towels. I’m going to be making the ones out of “Inventive Weaving” by Syne Mitchell, using two 12 dent heddles. They will be three colors and I think a good introduction into weaving with more then one heddle. If you’re unfamiliar with looms the heddles I’m referring to are the ones that give the rigid heddle loom it’s name. The piece that the yarn goes through is the heddle and these are stationary, set at specific intervals to give different “gauges.” Big looms are usually measured in shafts, which can be equated to the heddles on the rigid heddle, not exactly but similar enough. At least this is all to my understanding, I’m still new at weaving. To make a finer fabric, you need of course thinner yarn, but you also need a loom that can handle that gauge of yarn/fabric. A floor loom with multiple shafts can make complicated and very fine fabrics. A rigid heddle can do it, but you just need more heddles to accomplish this. Well for me the two 12 dents will make a nice thin fabric, but the Cottolin is a 60/40 Cotton/Linen blend which will give it strength, good water absorption and dissipation, and should last a while. But I ran into a snag when I got home, which I knew might happen. To make the towels I needed a long warp (the yarn that goes from you to the back of the loom) and I can’t directly warp the yarn onto my loom as it is. I just don’t have the space needed to be able to do this. That is unless I went a little crazy and blocked access to part of the house for an hour or so.
With that in mind I’m going to need to get a warping board, which will allow me to get a longer warp and allow for future projects as well. However, I’m not ready to pick one up until I can figure out which one I would like and decide how big I want it to be. They come in a range of maximum warp lengths. I can buy ones that are 4.5 yards, but they aren’t going to be good if I wanted to make longer items. But I think 4.5 yards or 162″ would be a fine place to start. It would also be smaller which is a concern for me since I don’t have the much space to store anything right now. I’ll weigh my pros and cons and pick one up soon. But I’m going to have to get back into the weaving grove, so I’m going to work more on the scarf I have on the loom right now. Maybe even warp up another project and then I’ll start the towels. I did get some more yarn Friday as well, but you will just have to wait and see it.