As the weather turns nicer, I try to move my activities outside. I seem to weave a few rope mats every summer. We need to replace a few rugs at home and I made a frame that lets me weave a Turk’s Head mat. I did one with climbing rope and the other with manila.
Woven rope mats made on a frame 5 nails on top and bottom and 4 on sides
My braided rug is coming along S L O W L Y. I’ve been told it looks better in person than in photos. It’s a good project to work on when sitting and chatting. Mindless handiwork.
It’s a nice thick rug and if I ever finish it, will be great in the cabin.
I finally have a project back on the floor loom. A couple of bright, pastel baby blankets. One down, one to go.
Notice the lamb’s wool on the bench? I found it at IKEA and it’s making me a happy weaver.
Lastly, I played with some fancy ribbon yarn and made a few necklaces. My darling daughter and I saw these at a craft shop in West Virginia and I was confident I could recreate them. I have a little jeweler’s kit and had fun playing with the wire. There’s a fairly good chance the wearer won’t get stabbed in the neck from the clasp and its attachment.
Of course, knitting is always portable and I plan to bring some on a camping trip we’re taking tomorrow. I’m making a laceweight, cropped mohair cardigan to wear to my dear son’s wedding this fall.
That’s a wrap.
Yesterday was a perfect day to spin outside and whatever I left behind was a gift to the birds for their nests.
I have plans to make a pair of leggings for a friend in South America, where it is almost winter. She wanted grey. Amazingly, I don’t have any grey yarn but I had grey roving and I spun it up into a worsted/bulky two ply. Not my best effort but I have let my spinning wheel languish for far too long. In order to wind a skein of my new yarn, I had to take a skein of Blue Faced Leicester/Alpaca blend off the bobbins. It is luscious and I have tons of it.
I think I bought a pound of BFL roving and I distinctly remember buying the alpaca fleece. There are several breeders in the area and when I saw an ad for alpaca fleeces I headed out to the address. To my surprise, it was a chiropractor’s office. I walked in and approached the receptionist. As if I was engaged in an elicit trade, I quietly asked if I was in the right place for an alpaca fleece. Sure enough, she pulled 3 bags full from behind the counter and I paid with my credit card. I cleaned it and carded it and have been gradually spinning it. I plied it with the BFL and think I’ll either knit a soft, cushy warm garment from it or use it as weft for a blanket. After I dye it. Perhaps with the lichen I have been collecting.
My braided rug is coming along. I tore strips from several old sheets and it will make a great rug for one of the bathrooms. I began with an old table cloth in the middle and it wasn’t the right weight or material. But it will remain as a reminder.
This little dress is on the needles and the baby has been born. It’s the Clara dress and is an easy, knit, great for meetings and travel.