Saturday, November 26, 2016

15 Feet of Crazy

 When combined with black fingering weight yarn 

in the clasped weft technique

that single ball of Zauberball Crazy went a long way.

I'm very pleased with the result.

I only hope that I'll come up with a sewing project that

does the handwoven fabric justice. 

There is 15 feet of it prior to wet finishing (4.57m)

In the reed it measured 11.5" (29.21cm)

but I know I will lose some width and length in the initial washing.

Now to gather my relevant books looking for inspiration.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Crazy Zauberball

A few months ago, while on a short trip, I bought a ball of Crazy Zauberball yarn as a souvenir of sorts. When I returned home it got set aside while I finished projects intended for the guild's booth at the Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market. The sale is now over and I can turn my attention to the pretty souvenir yarn.

November 20, 2016

I'm using a clasped weft technique with black wool on one side not only for the contrast effect, but also to extend the expensive Zauberball as far as I can. I hope to get enough yardage to make some sort of creative article of clothing. 

Crazy Zauberball fun.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Another Offering

When I wound the warp for this one ---

Next up

I thought maybe it would be for me.

Heddles threaded.

But it seems it had other plans.

65" and then the turn

The weaving hurried along and before I knew it I had the full 65" woven.

7:44 am

I was back at it early the next morning, releasing the front to turn the warp and weave those beginning warp tails in at the end as weft. With that done I cut it free, twisted the fringe, gave it a bath and hung it to dry.

This morning I did the final work of giving it a press, trimming ends, and securing ribbons.


The final day for submissions for the Christmas Craft Market was extended to today, and this last cowl managed to be finished in time, so I added it to the pile. That makes six Saori cowls for the sale. I hope I've priced them right for this area and they will sell. At $75 Canadian (that would only be about $56.50 US) I'm not getting much for my effort, especially when you factor in material costs. I consider my offerings this year as "testing the waters". If they sell at this price I will undoubtedly make more and raise the price for next year. If they don't sell at this price? Well then it just isn't worth my effort and that will be the last of selling them locally.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

When Spoons Hide

I was wondering where two of my magnetic measuring spoons went. Then when I was looking out the window I happened to look up. Way up.

Oh! So that's where my magnetic measuring spoons went!

Still can't see them? They are stuck to the bottom of my Venetian blind.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

For Inspection

I finished up the last of the projects destined for the 42nd Annual Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market.

Hot Tamale cowl

My "Hot Tamale" cowl, and the hats from that same warp, along with 20 other handwoven items, are now in the hands of the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild "Standards Committee" for review.

Hot Tamale

If deemed acceptable they will be available for sale at the guild booth during the weekend of November 18-20, 2016.


If I'm lucky, and the horses haven't been in the far end of the barns recently, I may be in the guild's demo booth demonstrating weaving or spinning. I have a severe allergy to horses and often cannot participate in activities at Chilliwack Heritage Park because the horses have been in the opposite end of the buildings.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Hallowe'en!

Flame and Trixie

Trixie and Flame are taking Skelly and Bonehead Trick or Treating.

Trixie and Flame

I hope you are saving some of the best treats for them.

Happy Hallowe'en

They will be knocking on your door soon.

Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Skelly Lends a Hand

I've been so busy lately that my new friend "Skelly" offered to lend a hand. 

This warp, which I've named "Arabian Nights", has a considerable amount of dark brown alpaca in both the warp and the weft and Skelly was happy to help spin it.

The weaving he left to me.

65" later, (not including the fringe lengths), it's time to unhitch the front of the warp and turn it -- 

-- so that the beginning warp ends can then be woven as weft. 

Once they are woven into the end of the cloth the whole thing is cut free, the ends secured with overhand knots, and then the fringe twisted.

Once the cowl was taken care of I moved onto creating the hats from the remaining warp. 36" lengths of weaving (with fringe at both ends) is woven and then the warp ends are tied together to create the tube shape of the hat and those ends are twisted. The outermost warp threads are pulled to gather the crown end into a tight closure, and the "face edge" loosely to a slightly larger than head size circumference. 

Skelly helped with the next step. 

By this point though he was complaining that I was working him to the bone. And I have to agree, knitting the ribbed bands for the hats seems more tedious and less fun than the weaving.

But it gives such a nice finish to the hats that it's a step that I endure.