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When It’s Rainy

23 Jun

We’ve had several rainy days lately, so I’ve been spending quite a few of those rainy, muddy days in the house.  I’ve tried to step up my knitting, so I don’t have thousands of scarves lying around my house.  I just finished two projects.  First is this fisherman’s shawl.

I had never done a cable pattern before.  The bramble stitch in the middle was new to me.  I like the way it turned out.

I will say, I used a big skein of yarn, and then my mom found some old yard that matched.

How old was this yarn?  Well, it might have had a couple of petrified bugs in it.  Just saying.

Then I did the pockets and fringe with another left-over ball I had around here.

Rocky is my constant supervisor.  Although, he isn’t really much help when I have questions.  YouTube is my go-to when I need real help.

The second project is my first cardigan.

It has real sleeves even.

I like the little accent stitches on the pockets and sleeves.

This one (because it is my first and the first time I did sleeves) is a stay-at-home cardigan.  There might be other issues as well, like differences in how my stockinette stitch looks between the flat knitting and the knitting-in-the-round.

My other helper likes to just flop his big butt on me while I’m working.  He really doesn’t care who he sits on.

We can’t leave Bob out.  He likes to invade my knitting space too.

I plan on doing another that will be able to go out in public.  For now, I’ve started another cardigan from a different pattern.  It’s a whole new learning experience, too.

Then I have three more shawls to make because people seem to like it.  Good thing I can get yarn delivered to my house.  We might need some more rainy days to get all of them done.

A Couple More Classes

21 Oct

I spent my weekend taking two more classes from C&M Acres.

The first was a class on how to use the rigid heddle loom.  It was a lot of fun, and I made a short scarf.

The second class was rug weaving.  I got to enjoy good company, too.  I got to play with more of the cored yarn that I really like!  This time though, I didn’t knit a rug.  I got to use the big loom and some 100% suri alpaca cored yarn.

It did not take Snickers very long to try out my rug.  He approves.

Snickers

It was a really nice relaxing weekend!

Weaving Class

28 Jul

This weekend I really stepped out of my comfort zone and took a 4 harness weaving class at C & M Acres, the fiber mill where I take the llama fleece to be processed.

Oops-their old sign. I forgot to take a picture of the new one.

I’ve never done any kind of weaving, so everything was completely new to me.

Our teacher was excellent and helpful, and we got a booklet to take with us.

Christian who taught the class

His wife gave us a tour of the alpaca farm and the fiber mill.

Michelle

I might have fallen in love with the silver babies.

When it was all done, I made this sampler piece!

It was a great weekend to meet people who are also interested in fiber and weaving.

Thanks to our teacher for taking the photo.

Well, it’s a start. The nice thing is that they also are dealers for the looms, so if I decide I’m addicted to weaving, I can get a loom through them. And they offer a rug making class. (Sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures; I didn’t take my big girl camera with me.)