Take it outside

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

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.

IMG_9575[1]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.

IMG_9573[1]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.

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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.

IMG_9578[1]That’s a wrap.

 

Fiber Play

Yesterday was a perfect day to spin outside and whatever I left behind was a gift to the birds for their nests.

Grey bulky

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.

BFL - Alpaca

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.

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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. IMG_8952 It’s the Clara dress and is an easy, knit, great for meetings and travel.