These hands seem to be busy all the time lately. The weaving engrosses me completely. I will be starting a class soon using the big guys…..table and floor looms. 4 and 8 harnesses. This is a dangerous path I am on wandering along on. I find myself thinking….hmmm….if my next-door neighbor moved out (not Lynn, the other next-door neighbor), I could rent his apartment too and have room for looms.
I’m also working on placemats from the book Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson. I guess my choice of yarn is quite different from the 3/2 cotton she recommends. I had calculated that I would need 92 yards of weft for each placemat. Instead, my choice of Panda Cotton is resulting in a full skein of 182 yards used so far, and I have 5 inches to go. But look how nicely it’s coming out.
I am calling these Fiesta Placemats since they are intended to match my Fiestaware dishes. Each mat will be different bright colors on a green warp or a yellow warp. Unless I decide after washing this first one that it doesn’t work. We’ll see...I'm treating this first one as a sample (think swatch).
So…um….am I knitting? Well, yes, really I am. I did finish a pair of socks….The Tipsy Turvy pattern created by Rob for the shophop last fall, using Creatively Dyed yarn. The yarn is lush and I love the way they turned out.
And I have been slowly slogging my way through my shapeless blob of a shawl….the Gracie Shawl from Myrna Stahman’s book. I’m using a lavender shade of Kathmandu DK. This worked up slowly but steadily while I was on the garter stitch portion, and I looked forward to getting into the meat of the lace. HAH! I have HATED this lacework. I made mistakes in the count on every single row. I ripped out the first 7 rows of lace and started them over. I corrected some mistakes, but made new ones.
I decided I didn’t care if there were mistakes.
I decided to abandon the whole project.
I decided to try again.
I made more mistakes.
I decided it was time for this shawl to be done, ready or not. I blocked it yesterday to see if was anywhere near long enough. Why, it is. And bigger surprise….I can’t see the mistakes. So I’ll opt for a plain garter stitch border, and be really done in a few nights.
I may decide I love it after all.