Something New For Me

As the title suggests, I have yet another new tool for the studio. This time I purchased something new. In fact it is so new, that I was a supporter through Kickstarter. This electric spinning wheel is in the development stage. Eventually it will be available for general purchase.

The first photo shows the beginnings of my spinning on this Electric Eel Wheel 5. I do not need the silicone mat for slippage since the wheel has rubber feet. But the inventor of the wheel found that it runs a little quieter with it. The construction is mostly bamboo and 3D printed plastic. This guy is very small ( around 5 by 7 inches) and very lightweight.

It operates via three different power sources. I can plug into normal household current. In the truck, as a passenger, I can be spinning using the accessory port, drawing power from the vehicle battery. And if I am away from these two sources, I have a portable lithium ion battery that will run it for eleven hours at full speed!

The fiber I am spinning t…

More rug projects

 This is the second small rug piece I wove on my new-to-me Harrisville rug loom. It measures 15 by 28 inches and uses a variety of materials. The warp was linen and the light grey weft is cotton. The four other colours are churro wool.
I believe I will use this as a table topper, like an oversize hotpad or even on a coffeetable.

 And here is the third piece completed. I had wanted to use this as a rug, but because I was trying to cram a lot of weaving in a short warp, I could not use normal binding off techniques. So I do not think the edges would have held up to heavy traffic. It graces my office wall right now. It is 26.25 X 33 inches.

Both of these rugs utilize shaft switching techniques and equipment.

First rugs off the Loom

Here are the first three little rugs that have come off the Harrisville Rug Loom. The very first one I wove is the furthest back. For all three I devised the pattern charts and chose I great variety of old stash yarns. 
In the picture above you see the side of the rugs that I saw as I was weaving. 

In this second photo you are seeing the reverse side of the rugs. The exact opposite color is found on the back. This is the side that was underneath as I was weaving. This is an interesting fact about the technique I am using; that both sides are equally usable. 

In the third photo you can see both sides of the second rug I made. It is quite modern compared to the two others. 

The fourth rug is an expanded pattern based on the first one. It was really fun to weave. And what a good stash buster project! For the orange weft yarn I held three different yarns together. And for the black weft, I also held three yarns together.

The three pieces have been cut apart. Due to a short warp that was …

The busy knitter

This busy crafter has also been busy knitting. I know I have not shown any finished projects in awhile. But a few things are underway.

 First we have a series of strips I started to knit in Canada. I have about three or four of each colour. The stitch pattern is a ruffled edging called Bell Edging I from one of the Walker Treasuries. Here's my idea. I am going to join the strips and mix the colours up. Then the long strip will be sewn up in a spiral fashion (maybe to a base tube) to form wristlets. I feel like going very dramatic and make them long to go over the elbows. If I have enough strips I want to make a Victorian ruff collar and even maybe a muff. These are wool yarns and all scraps left from other projects.

This blue yarn is a silk and wool blend. I started this at camp too and what you see is the back of a pullover. It will be for me, in a very mermaid friendly colour. I am partway up the second torso piece.

Up close and personal, this is a mohair lace piece I am current…

Belt Loom

Introducing "Little Dude" the Harrisville Belt Loom. I purchased this sturdy little loom used from a Ravelry friend. It arrived at the same time as it's big brother, Bright. I put a light green linen warp on, the other day, and have a third bookmark going. I grabbed some bright tones of wool and I am having fun with these beach colours. The middle bookmark or strip is just some handspun yarn left over from something else.

Here is the project at the very start. The four little bobbins were custom made by a talented woodworker in Wisconsin. His name is Norbert and a group of us at Ravelry have taken to calling them Norbobbins. So far I think they are excellent for band weaving.

The third shot shows a bit of a close up of the random striping. It is like playing with sunshine. The day I started on it was a grey day and I think that is why these colours jumped into my hands.

This young beauty took up residence across the street from my studio. I believe it is a female but I …

The Christmas Tree

I believe that trees are vital to my happiness and the health of my surroundings. I am starting a new tradition, or maybe it is underway already and I am just formalizing it. I plan on planting a new tree on my property every year around Christmastime. Last year it was the Mexican Buckeyes. Thankfully they are doing very well. Right now they are going into dormancy. Thus no pictures of the naked little trees at this time. I doubt they will flower this spring, being fairly small. But if they do - pictures for sure.

Now the shot above is what the live oaks look like in the winter time. They basically are green all year round. They will drop leaves in the late winter but replace them very fast. The tree grows about 1-2 feet per year and they are natural and plentiful in this region.

The seedlings I harvested today, from a ditch that gets routinely mowed, are now happily transplanted into two spots on my property. I have surrounded them with a few rocks for a little heat and shelter. Plu…

Bright and I get to know each other

Well I decided on the name Bright for my new-to-me rug loom. The name came from a piece of contemporary jazz by Peter White that was playing while I was cleaning up this loom. The music was enchanting and the loom was glowing in the sunshine and lights.

Here is the bench that came with Bright. The legs were after market and just bare wood, a very white wood at that. Next to the mellow maple and mahogany it was too jarring to my eye. So two tones of teal fixed that for me. The belly bar on the chest beam also got the darker teal since it was also unfinished wood.

After playing with the treadles and establishing a shed on all lifts I was eager to get weaving. Yes I can make the sheds better, but for now I was keen to get going. I am using up piles of old yarn that has been around for awhile. The beige weft is alpaca and I matched it with a more greenish gold wool from a cone. Then the black/dark brown threads are a combo of wool and some cotton too and mystery stuff (four strands in tot…