On a kick to finish things

It's been an exciting year in the south for me. I have done a large amount of teaching and have explored more techniques in spinning, knitting and weaving. Yes, even in knitting one can find new things to do (check out the Twigg Stitch). But the days in the south are numbered, since the heat is cranking up and we haven't got any air conditioning here. Thank goodness we have wind and three excellent overhead fans in this cottage. Now I am in the mood to complete a bunch of things and start to think about what I may want to haul north.

 I used two colours of variegated tencel for the warp threads and a variegated silk for weft. This project was the first one I did with the flying shuttle beater on the big loom. Great colours, eh?
 And get a load of the drape on this shawl. I did have some issues with the tencel shredding but in the finishing I was able to correct any little problems. I am looking forward to using this, but with temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s, it will not be soon. Maybe this is one thing that should go north.
Now, this crazy thing is not sure what it will be when it grows up. I am taking all the experimental and learning pieces of fabric I have woven and  am sewing them together. I'd like to have a practical item that documents my early steps in weaving. I suppose it might wind up as a blanket or quilt, since I already have a sizeable piece.

Last week I participated in one craft fair/garden show where I had a table of things for sale. I did fairly well there. In a couple of weeks there is a second artists' sale going on and I have my spot booked. Wish me luck.

In the meantime I will be trying to finish up a shawl (or will it be a poncho?) in purple wool/acrylic. The stitch pattern is called Ladyslipper.
Here is the real McCoy from camp. Stay tuned for the knitted shawl pictures.


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