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The ramie is spun and plied. I have a bin for my spun cellulose fibres. This includes cotton, linen, ramie and bamboo. One day, I'll have enough of any one of those fibres to weave something. Until then, I just keep tossing in spun skeins.
I'm whipping the edges of the hooked rug and I'm looking for a new project. Hmmmmm, what to do next?
February 29, 2020
February 22, 2020
I'm still plodding away on the inkle loom with the pick-up pattern. I did the math and I still have 2 weeks to go before I finish, if and only if, I manage to do my 3 inches a day. I'm guessing that there will be a few days it won't happen, so it will likely be closer to 3 weeks.
I had a single skein of a white tweed yarn which was exceptionally ugly. It was bright white with some dots of colour and it looked totally wrong. I dyed it a grey which in reality is a bit darker than this photo. I started making mittens with it. The first mitten was almost done but every time I looked at it, I saw fingerless mitts instead. I ended up ripping back the first mitt and changing it up. There are a bit shorter than I normally make fingerless mitts. I usually like them to come up past my knuckles, to keep my fingers warm. However I've found that when they are that long, they don't lend themselves to activities like spinning or playing the banjo. So these shorter ones allow for those sorts of activities easily.
I need to set up a Pysanky work station, so I can start on Easter Eggs this year. My daughter was in the city, so she stopped by the shop and picked up a few dyes that I needed. There was a new brand out, the same price as the basic dyes so I got her to get a few so I can sample them for differences. I'm wondering though if they are just the traditional dyes, repackaged. Different colour names, all with a Canadian cultural theme, but with the similar price point and a similar colour selection, it could be the same dyes, in a different envelope.
February 16, 2020
I warped up the inkle loom to play with pick-up. I'm using 2/8 cotton for the ground threads and 4/8 for the pattern threads. Right now I'm managing about 3 to 3 1/2 inches an hour. My loom weaves a band about 108 in long, so it's going to take a while if I decide to finish the entire band. It's not difficult though, but definitely fussy. It requires much counting, so it's not like a plain weave band where you can chat, or watch a video or something, while weaving. This band requires concentration and about 35-40 hours.
We have a guild with a bunch of super-enthusiastic beginners this year. I know if I use it for show and tell, someone will say I should sell stuff like this. But really, if it takes 35 hours, how much would I have to sell it for to make it worth my while? and Who in their right mind would pay that much? LOL!!!
In other news, the blanket I was working on is stitched up,
This is Phil looking out the window at something moving about outside. He enjoys looking out, but he doesn't really want to actually go outside anymore. He seems to be happy in his warm, safe environment, with lots of food, water and cuddles.