Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Love it!

I'm having so much fun weaving again, that I got the shawl done tonight! I love the way it came out! The photos don't show the colors well, they are non-traditional, so people will either like them or hate them. I love the colors, and the way they blend, but mostly I love the soft drape and the texture of this fabric. The yarn is so wonderful to work with!

I think this will make a great nursing shawl - it is tight enough to offer privacy and light weight enough so as not to smother the baby. The size ended up being fine.

I have another skein of the yarn (this only took 2 skeins) and I was planning on weaving thin strips to make a neck strap and adding boning in the center to make it a more traditional nursing shawl. Now that it is finished, I'm think I'm leaning towards not adding straps. While the straps might make it a better nursing shawl, it would make the fabric useless once the baby is a bit older. Left this way it can later be used as a small shawl or a toddler sized lap blanket. I think I'll sleep on it and decide tomorrow.

In the meantime, I love that I'm weaving again! I'm having so much fun and can't wait to start my next project.

I'm really happy with how this shawl turned out.

Monday, June 20, 2011
All warped up and ready to roll!

I warped the loom this morning, and started to weave my new project. I have a bad feeling that I may have made this s bit too small. I looked at sewing patterns for nursing shawls on the web, and used a size that I found there, but I think that I should have gone larger. Oh well....nothing to do now but weave and see how it ends up.

I think that the color combination of this yarn is something that people will either love or hate, but I can't understand why anyone wouldn't love the texture of this woven fabric. I adore the way this yarn weaves up - it is soft, light-weight, and subtle with such a beautiful drape. I love the sheen and texture of the yarn. I think that this is going to be a gorgeous piece of fabric when I'm done!

Next project

Part of my motivation for finishing my chenille scarf (which I really like!) was that I've bought yarn for several new projects that I can't wait to work with.

Two years ago I wove a shawl using Ester Bitran Canela in bronze and peach. The yarn wove so beautifully, and I really loved working with it! It made a very fluid light-weight fabric that draped wonderfully! I've wanted to work with the yarn more, so when I saw it on the clearance rack at In a Yarn Basket I grabbed the last 3 skeins which were in the green/pink color scheme.

About two years ago I wove some nursing shawls. My niece told me that she would like one if and when she had her second child. Well, daughter number 2 is due next week! I'm not sure I'll have this shawl done before the birth, but I'd like to get it to them as soon as possible.

I can't wait to see how the colors face up when the yarn is woven into fabric. Hopefully I'll be able to post a photo of it soon!

Sunday, June 19, 2011
I finished!!

I've had this scarf on my loom since last Fall. Work was busy and life was crazy, and I didn't touch it for months. Then last week I started weaving again, and tonight I finally finished it.

Working on this reminded me how much I love weaving, and I'm not sure why I was off the loom for so long.

This scarf is made from a beautiful multi-color chenille yarn. It is a very dense weave and has made a very warm thick scarf. I like it because it can be worn long, wrapped around double, or pulled through itself in a knot style.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Weaving in the Wee Hours

I haven't done any weaving in many months. I started a chenille scarf.... I don't even remember when, and it's just been sitting on the loom. So tonight, after realizing that sleep was going to elude me, I started to weave again.

Now I remember why I love weaving. It's so relaxing!

This is a simple weave - nothing fancy. I'm using the same variegated chenille for the warp and the weft, and the colors are striping beautifully. This yarn weaves so tightly that it's going to take some time to get this project finished, but when it's finally done, I think it will be a beautiful, soft, warm scarf!

Of course the fact that this has been sitting on the loom for months has not deterred me from buying yarn for planned projects! I have yarn for 4 additional projects that I would like to make waiting in my stash! So now I'm excited to finish this scarf so I can move forward with my other projects!!!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Pink Cables

I just finished my wide cable blanket. I used my formula for a cable blanket but modified it to use wider cables. I really like the look of the wide cables. My intent was for this blanket to be a bit longer, but I ran out of yarn - therefore, it's a square blanket which will be good for a carriage or car seat cover. I edged the blanket in a fun puff-stitch edging that I found in Around the Corner Crochet Borders. I had never tried this border before, but I really love the look of it! It's not too lacy for a baby blanket, but it offers a really pretty multi-directional pattern.

I was pushing to finish this blanket as it is for my my new great-niece who is expected in a few weeks. I have a few more things I would like to try and make for her and her mom, so I'm glad to be able to move onto some other projects. I have some things in mind that I would like to do in weaving and knitting.