Mittens

Starting off the new year with a quick knit, mittens.  Pattern is Herringbone Mittens with Poms and is available for free on Ravelry.  The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn, however I used Briggs & Little Tuffy, I used 4mm needles for the cuff, and 5mm for hand.  I should have nice warm hands for snow shoeing this season.

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Happy knitting,

Kelly

 

Whig Rose

Continuing with overshot, I wove two table runners (or maybe more accurately, one loooooong runner, and one table square/topper) in the Whig Rose design from A Handweaver’s Pattern Book by Marguerite Porter Davison.

I used Venne organic 2/16 cotton in cream for the warp and tabby weft.  2/8 organic cotton in Brick Red was used for the pattern weft in the red runner, and a 2/8 mercerized cotton that shall remain nameless was used for the green one.  The organic cotton is a high quality cotton with great twist and is wonderful to weave with.

At 54.5″ long, the red runner would suit a long harvest table (which must of been what I was thinking, hence its long length), it would look great as the centrepiece of a holiday table setting.  The green one is 20.5″ long and would make a great table square for the centre of a smaller table.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

Organic Cotton Towels

I recently decided to try the 315-4 towels I wove here again, paying attention to the notes I made last time when I wove them.  Although I had said that  I didn’t like the stripes, I tried them again, only weaving have the repeat in the alternating colour, much better.

These towels are woven with Venne 2/8 organic cotton, (2/16 for the hems).  They washed and dried beautifully and are very soft.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

 

Paper Spot Scarf 2

It has been one of the hottest and driest summers for us here in Eastern Ontario.  To stay cool (aka staying indoors with air conditioning), I warped the loom for another paper spot scarf (the first one was here).

The warp was 3 yards long and measured 7 3/4″ in the reed.  The finished scarf is 72″ long (not including fringe) and is about 7 3/4″ wide.  It is woven in 2/8 tencel.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

Another Table Runner

Not feeling satisfied with finally weaving the overshot table runner successfully, I decided to try it one more.  I am very happy with the results.

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I had wound off about a 3 yard warp for this project, and  wove what I thought was appropriate, the finished runner measures approximately 14″ x 40″.  Not wanting to waste the bit of warp that was left, I wove a sample, this time in red, I can’t wait to do a full runner in this colour.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

 

 

New! Organic Cotton Sewing Thread

You may ask why I would start to carry sewing thread.  Well, after I recently finished weaving a beautiful set of dish towels in organic 2/8 cotton (blog post to follow on that soon) and I had to hem the towels, I felt that the thread I used should be of the same quality as the yarn, and I began to search for an organic cotton thread.

What I found is a beautiful multi-purpose thread.  It is an organically grown long-staple cotton that is GOTS certified and spun in Holland.  It is suitable for seams, overlock, top stitching, and quilting, and comes in 300 yard/275 metre wooden spools.

Colours currently in stock:

 

 

4806 Wine4812 Lavender4819 Stormy Blue4823 Celery4829 Walnut4818 Midnight4821 Grass4828 Terra Cotta4802 Straw4800 White

 

I hope to have these up on the website soon.

Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

 

Third Time’s A Charm

Back when I was weaving the overshot runner (see here), I met a much more experienced weaver and I told her my tale of woe on this project.  We discussed a few possibilities and then she asked what yarn was I using for my warp, “Oh” she said, “you never use their mercerized cottons for warp, they don’t have enough twist”.  Ironically, that was what I thought when this yarn arrived, but this company sells weaving yarns, and still being a new”ish” weaver, I could be wrong.  I had e-mailed them about my problems, they refused to acknowledge that it could be their yarn.  Hence the project was cut from the loom.

The problem with not really knowing what the source of the problem is, is that you don’t know what the source of the problem is (yarn, loom, weaver).  I went through my stash and discovered some 2/16 non-mercerized cotton, mostly likely from the same company as the mercerized.  The first thing I noticed was that there was definitely more twist in this yarn.  I didn’t use the organic 2/16 cotton I just brought in because I was still unsure whether it was the yarn or my weaving technique that had caused the earlier problems.

I started winding the warp, things were going well, and then nearly at the halfway point, a knot.  About 3 yards later, another knot.  In total, I encountered 5 knots while winding this short warp, I was not impressed.  I soldiered on and got the warp on the loom, threaded the heddles, sleyed the reed and began to weave.  And weave.  And weave.  Miraculously, no broken threads, I felt vindicated.

This runner was fun and quick to weave and I will definitely do it again.  I love the fineness of the 2/16 (pattern weft is in 2/8 cotton), the runner has an almost heirloom feel to it.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly