Four-Way Chilly

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This is my new hat pattern. It is knit from 100% bulky wool (superwash for easy care).  The ribbing is a double thick hem for an extra chilly day, but it could be knit as a single thickness as well.  It has four stitch patterns to give it interesting texture.   Hence the name, Four-Way Chilly. I am going to make up a  worsted weight version as well and will likely be offering the pattern on Ravelry.  Look for it as soon as I can write it up and have it test knit.

Sleyed

I slayed my fear of weaving on a floor loom today at The Weaver’s Guild. I wound a warp, the heddles are threaded and the reed is sleyed and I’m ready to weave at the next class!

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Knitting the night away

I am going to Sip n Sitch tonight at Silk Road Textiles.  I’ll be working on a mobius cowl, hope to get it cast on before I go and perhaps finish while I am there.  Then it can be left for display.  I had to rip it out, not quite enough yarn to bind off 260 stitches and it gave out 1/3 of the way through on the 11th round.  I had just tinked the bind off and 1/2 a round and starte to rebind off but was still going to come up a little short.  I may restart with less stitches or add a couple of more and only go 8 rounds instead of trying to go 12.

 

 

Sampling

Alpaca Bamboo Yarn
Alpaca Bamboo Yarn-so squishy!

I am knitting up a sample möbius cowl for a class I am going to teach at Silk Road Textiles. The yarn, Araucania’s Alpaca Bamboo, is lovely and soooo soft.  They have a lot of it at Silk Road Textiles where I am going to be teaching the class to make one on October 19th.  You only need basic knitting skills(no purling required) to make one, and it only takes 50-100 grams of yarn, depending on the size you choose to make.  A long circular needle is used to knit it.

Unwoven

I was going to take a floor loom weaving class at the Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati today, but it was cancelled since they didn’t get three students. I wanted to begin learning to use the floor loom I bought used and refurbished last year.  Hopefully the one scheduled for October gets enough people.  Today’s class was just an introduction, and would have been nice, but next month is an actual beginning weaving for a floor loom so I can do without the once

Who-Dey!

Bengal Hat
Bengal Hat on Reluctant Model

I knit up a quick hat from some great orange and black yarn I got at Silk Road Textiles. ( It’s a great new yarn and fabric store in town, and I will be teaching there beginning September 22)’.  The yarn is Plymouth Encore and it’s a simple 2 x 2 ribbed hat that knit up really quickly.  The hat is for Zach, my 4 year old nephew who currently lives in Broncos country, but wears his orange and black proudly.  The hat is reluctantly modeled by my 10 year old son who is larger than a 4 year old .  But the hat is very stretchy and will fit a large range of head sizes so it should fit Zach fine and he should be able to wear it for years to come.  Now I have to finish the hat for Quinn, his baby brother.

New Beginnings

This is going to be my new place to document my fiber crafts, cooking and life in general.  I may try to import some of my old blog if I can locate the backup files on my computer.christmas Tree Hat

One of my last creations of the year, a hat for my new nephew George, another new beginning. The red socks were knit by my friend Susan.  Upon seeing the nearly completed hat, she promptly finished the socks and generously gave them to me to give to George with the hat.