Well, it’s been a while…

Sorry, I have been out of touch. I had a spell of ill health, but things are looking up!

2016 is a year of new fibre challenges for me. I lucked into a barely-used Leclerc Dorothy 4-shaft table loom just before Christmas, which is the loom I learned on a number of years ago. The last two years I have devoted to weaving on a rigid heddle loom, so it is fun to expand into multi-shaft weaving again.

making the important cross

  

measuring the warp

 
My husband gave me a number of cones of beautiful fine merino yarn for Christmas and I have successfully wrangled the wool onto the loom (not without challenges!) and have begun to weave a scarf. It feels great to be weaving twill weaves again!
 

I can see a pattern!

 
Another challenge I have embraced is the new skills involved in knitting socks! I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. Sure, it takes a lot longer to knit with such fine yarns, but I love the appearance of the fine stitches–and that squishy heel flap! I don’t think selling socks is economically feasible, due to the length of time it takes to knit them, but some family members might be getting a little surprise in their stockings.

  
So, with the prairie weather doing its cold bit, I foresee lots of time inside working on my new loves.

Until next time–stay warm!

Collette

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A Windy Day’s Works-in-Progress

Sure is windy out there. I mean, REALLY windy. I’m glad to be inside on a mid-week vacation day, sleeping, Ravelry-surfing, favouriting pics in Instagram. Everything but knitting and weaving.

I do have a few works in progress. I finished the teal was-going-to-be-a-neckwarmer-but-turned-into-a-headband a while back. It’s made from one of my favourite alpaca and wool blends. I bought some beautiful pottery buttons from Nancy Blokland Pottery to finish it off. I’m leaning towards the birds-on-a-wire button. The other one is a polar bear (we’re from Manitoba, home of the polar bears), but the design is a little hard to see in this photo. What do you think?

  

Yep, the more I look at it, the bird button is the one.  Now I can’t get the Bird on a Wire song by Jennifer Warnes out of my head.

I also finished off the Ndebele Hat (Lisa McFetridge) in dramatic black and white superwash wool. I love the pattern and plan to knit it again in other colours. This one will fit a child under 10.

cool, eh?

Next up on the needles is a neckwarmer in a beautiful lofty and lustrous aran wool from West Yorkshire Spinners. It’s an imported British natural ecru wool from Bluefaced Leicester sheep. Yummy. My nana was from Yorkshire so of course I had to buy the wool–it would have been wrong not to.

I am knitting it up in the Cable Neck Gaiter pattern from Christine Vawker. Sadly her blog disappeared right after I copied down the pattern so I hope I have it right.  It’s a delicate cabled pattern with shifting cables. I quite like the effect.

   

   

and from the cat gallery…

  

Here is youngest cat on the hairy cat chair watching me take photos on the Trusty Trunk. If it weren’t so blasted windy, I would have ventured outside into the natural sunlight, but that’s for another day. 

Momma’s Got Her Groove Back

Well, that was close. For near on two weeks, I completely lost my knitting mojo. Maybe it was the endless winter, or maybe I had done the same pattern over and over too often, but I couldn’t bring myself to pick up the needles. Or the loom. It felt over. Nothing inspired me.

So, I sat back a bit, reduced my steady diet of social media and dug into reading.  I went to the conservatory, listened to music, took myself out for coffee and hung out with my family. And didn’t you know it, I found myself looking through my Ravelry library for something new.

And here it is…the Ndebele hat, based on South African motifs. When I bought this pattern a little while back, profits were going to the Ebola elimination effort. So, not only does it look great but it feels great to knit as well.

  

Momma’s back. Life is good.