Saturday, July 19, 2014

So many new things

A lot of crafty things are happening. Because I am so busy in the studio, not a lot of time is spent getting online. I have started to flick and card the white Rambouillet fleece. This was so heavy with lanolin that I have washed it on two separate occasions. So far the carding is going well, albeit slowly. Stay tuned for photos of that. I will be spinning it for a fancy sweater or jacket project. 

I probably posted pictures of this quilt top last summer. At that point I had the central blue parts done.  The graphic design is called Tippicanoe. I am going with a marine theme for this quilt. It is a king sized coverlet. This summer so far I have added the narrow green frame around the blue blocks. Then I still wanted it wider, and so I found this medium brown. Plus I had just enough of the yellow and orange fabrics, from the centre of the canoes, to use in a big block in each corner. Today I did most of the machine quilting of this blanket. That is not an easy task, let me admit that right away. This is one big quilt. I will be doing some hand quilting as well. As this project progresses, watch for more updates. 

Now this colourful object is a knitted work in progress. In these three images you are seeing the same piece of knitting. It is one half of a jacket. The sleeve is the flaring portion in the lower centre. Towards the top of the photo is the left front of the jacket (to the left) and the left back (on the right). 
It is called the Rainbow jacket and is designed by Vivian Hoxbro. 

The technique used to make this project is called shadow knitting. By using simple techniques, you alternate the position of garter stitch ridges. From some angles theblack  dominates. From other directions the multi-colour rainbow jumps out at you. 

 Look how black the portion outside of the diamond shape is when viewed at a very low angle. Neat-o!

And this charmer is Helga. She went to live with a dear friend, where she lounges poolside and soaks up the rays.
These bright fingerless mitts were just something to occupy the afternoon. Eventually I hope to make a hat to match.

I have made a few other things already this summer, but either don't have pictures or I've already displayed them here. (Lithuanian socks, a woven shawl, Ribwarmer Vest ).

Monday, June 2, 2014

Moosely Wild

 It's a wild and wet day and wouldn't you know it, some wet wildlife came to visit. Here is a yearling moose. I didn't dare get up off my recliner, so thank goodness my camera was close at hand. As he looked right at me, I tried not to move much as I took this shot. He grazed at the lush grass for a bit and worked his way across the edge of the deck. In a minute or two the encounter was over.

 Earlier this spring a neighbour  and I have seen a mother and yearling in the area. Maybe this yearling is our previous sighting? Mother was no where to be seen today. Maybe she has let her young one know it is time for it to be on its own?
If it wasn't for the rain and for the deck bench, it'd be a great shot. 
And for the crafty amongst you, this is the third sock in the series of traditional Lithuanian socks I started knitting a year ago. The design is from Donna Druchunas and is called Compass Rose Sock. Here it is with the ends not sewn in and not yet blocked. The second sock is underway and I suspect with this rain system parked over us, will get completed shortly.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Artisat joins the herd

 The latest addition to the weaving studio is the Leclerc Artisat floor loom. It has a weaving width of 36 inches and will take the place of the Schacht Mighty Wolf. The latter is packed and will be heading up to camp to live in the studio there. Both of these looms are the same size and have the same number of shafts. The Mighty Wolf has convenient wheels that pop down when the loom is folded up, making it easy to move around.
The Artisat, shown above, is made of lovely maple and is quite a sturdy loom. I couldn't wait to get a project going, just to test her out. This loom also folds up nicely to reveal more space in the guest bedroom.
 This advancing twill pattern is a four shaft design. Although the Artisat has eight shafts, right now I only have heddles for four. This is a mercerized cotton warp and rayon slub weft.
The pattern is a little subtle because of the variegated or dappled nature of the yarn, but I think this is an interesting effect. I am not sure what I will make of this cloth, I just wanted to put the loom through its paces.I think I would like a couple of small tote bags or purses or storage bags, for spindles maybe.

 I am very happy with it.