Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fibers Update

As promised, this post will be an update on everything that has been going on in my world fiber-wise.

First off, I finally finished another scarf on my loom. I like to call it the "brick-by-brick" scarf because it alternates black and red. It looked like bricks to me when I was making it, in any case. What do you think? It end has a twill pattern that switches directions in the black section and is a bit stiff while the middle is just a loose plain weave alternating the colors. It was my first time I had tried weaving loosely, and it is very nice to wear.

The end of the "Brick-by-Brick" Scarf.
The middle pattern and majority of the "Brick-by-Brick" Scarf.
After I finished that scarf, I taught my mother-in-law to weave. She loved it! It only took her one afternoon to finish her scarf because she was enjoying playing around with the loom so much. I don't have a picture of her scarf, but it is beautiful and very well crafted, especially considering it was her first time.

Learning to weave.
 These next two pictures are the scarf I have started on my loom right now. I'm using Caron Simply Soft Paints and it is turning out beautifully. I might see if I can get it finished this week so that my mother-in-law can have a chance to weave another scarf before Luke and I move out.

On my next woven scarf I plan on using the yarn below. I found it at Joann's and have been looking forward to weaving with some type of ribbon for a while now. It has a wonderful feel to it and will hopefully weave well.

Okay, now for the rest of the update from yesterday's adventure. A few of the girls from my knitting group and I went to the local fibers festival after the ACS walk. There were llamas and angora bunnies there that people could pet and all sorts of unspun fiber, yarn, and other products to buy. I didn't have any cash or my checkbook with me, so I had to borrow money from a friend. There were just so many amazing things there that I couldn't resist. We walked around for a while and I finally decided to buy some fiber that one of my friends is going to spin into yarn for me and a ski shuttle made by a man who does woodcarving. There were door prizes there, but I wasn't going to sign up because I didn't come in the main door...luckily I was convinced to sign up and ended up winning a scarf. It's 100% wool and is scratchy to me, so I won't probably wear it very often/at all. It might end up getting gifted to someone in the future.

The doorprize I won.
The tag on my doorprize.

The ski shuttle with the man's business card.
His woodworking is amazing and extremely well crafted.
Full look of my new ski shuttle.
The fiber I couldn't leave without.
It's in its bag so that you can see its contents.
The different fibers I bought to be spun.
A close up of the fiber I couldn't live without. It is sparkly, soft, and SO beautiful.
Here's a picture of Pippin. Just for fun.
Disclaimer: I did not make that blanket.
Right now I am making an enterlac knitted blanket in addition to the scarf that is currently on the loom. I think that covers just about everything recent....Oh! I almost forgot! I crocheted a bunch of the shell headbands to sell for donations at the knit-a-thon fundraiser we did for ACS. I've made several more, but I still have to weave in the ends before I can sell/donate/wear them. I have friends who think I should sell them on Etsy, but I don't have an account on there yet and don't know if I really want to have to deal with figuring out how to ship them. Do you guys have any suggestions, ideas, or advice on that?

Until next time,

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