Cottage Socks & Silk

A quick shop update.

Now available Cottage Sock Yarn from Fleece Artist, colours currently in stock:

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Also new, Handmaiden’s Marrakesh and Sea Lace available in 600g cones.  While it may seem indulgent, buying yarn on cones allows you to wind off exactly what you need for your weaving or knitting projects, meaning much less waste of those valuable silks.  Create individual hand-dyed warp chains in your desired length for sectional beaming.

 

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Sea Lace

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Marrakesh

Happy knitting and weaving,

Kelly

 

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That’s A Wrap!

Or a shawl.  Or a very big scarf.

A few years ago I purchased a skein of hand-dyed boucle from Hidden Touch Yarns, they were a vendor at the OVWSG annual Christmas sale.  It has been languishing in my yarn cupboard ever since, waiting to be turned into something.

As it turned out, I had a couple of cones of mohair left over from a throw I did a couple of years ago, I thought the colour of the mohair would go nicely with the boucle.

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I decided on a plain rectangular shawl, similar to one I done a couple of years.  The mohair was used for the warp, sett at 6 ends per inch, width in the reed was about 27″, and the warp length was 3 yards.  I did one pick at each end with the mohair and hemstitched each end as well.  The boucle was used for the weft.  It was woven plain weave throughout.

Mohair can be difficult to work with, it wants to stick together.  I googled for ideas on how to stop this from happening.  I read where spray starch may help.  I also read where someone suggested mane detangler for horses.  I tried the spray starch and a detangler (just not for horses), I would not recommend either one.  But what I did find was that if the warp is wound on nice and evenly, you keep your warp very tight, advance your warp frequently, and do a direct tie-up for your harnesses, things move along a lot better.

I may not do another mohair project for awhile, but I am happy with the result.  Now, if I could just get a good photograph, this isn’t as long as it looks.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

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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

 

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The Calm Before the Storm

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Our booth is set-up and ready to go for the sale tomorrow.

Happy weaving,

Kelly

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Where I’ll Be This Saturday

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I’ll be with the MERA Weavers with a few items for sale.

Happy weaving,

Kelly

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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

 

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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

 

 

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