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Ep 150: Recovering from Tiny Thanksgiving

Kelly Locke

 

We’re recovering from Thanksgiving dinner preparations and cleanup. Even with a small gathering, there was more to do than we thought.

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Thank you to  3GreenSisters Etsy shop for providing prizes for the Summer Spin In.  Use  the code TWOEWES to get 15% off and free US shipping until December 31, 2020. 

Marsha’s Projects

I haven’t knit a stitch on the  Holey Comfort cardigan by Hinterm Stein,  but I did wind the fourth skein.

I’m about to start the toe of the second socks for myself using Tilli Tomas Artisan Sock in Coconut Grove. Perhaps they will be finished during the episode!

Two finished, striped socks in teal and red.

I talked about possibly returning my spirit yarn to the universe. As I looked at it again I got inspired to make tea cozies. I have the book, Tea Cozies 3 by Sian Brown, Alison Howard and Vanessa Mooncie and have made the Pineapple and knitting Devon Violets.

Kelly’s Projects 

I finally finished the Sonny Bono jacket. The real name of the pattern is Crescendo and I bought it from Amazing Yarns. The yarn I used is called Curly Locks and is a tailspun mohair yarn. I love this jacket as much as the one I tried on at Stitches in 2018.  

I’m making progress on my With Friends Pullover. I’m using two patterns:  Rachel by Josée Paquin, Fresh by Josée Paquin. To view the changes that I made to the striping sequence, see my project page. I’m back on track after ripping out about 10 rows and I have about an inch or so to go on the body. 

I’ m continuing to knit dishcloths using my favorite stitch pattern, the Triple L Tweed from the Purl Soho Slip Stitch Dishtowels pattern. I cast on a multiple of 3 stitches +1. It’s usually 34 or 37 stitches because I like a compact dishcloth. 

dishcloth in Triple L Tweed stitch

I finished dyeing the CVM 3-ply handspun for another handspun cardigan. I still haven’t selected the pattern but I’ve already made a gauge swatch and I have a few possibilities that I’m pondering. 

I have a few weaving projects. One is a repair to an unusually constructed rug that we have in the living room. The rug was made by sewing down narrow woven strips of wool weft on thread warp to a carpet backing. Our dog Nash had ripped up several strips in a few places on the rug. After investigating the construction I was able to sew the strips down. In some places it looks good as new, in other places it is just stabilized to prevent further damage. 

Rug with damage showing strips pulled off of the backing

Strips being sewn to backing in repair

Close-up showing warp threads being sewn down

The other weaving projects are just at the wound warp stage. I have two 7 foot warps that I’ve wound for Christmas dish cloths. As inspiration I used two free patterns from Gist Yarn.  One set of towels is a white warp with a narrow red stripe on either side and reminds me of candy canes. The pattern I’ll be using is Tidal Towels.  The other set is a red, white, and green warp that reminds me of ribbon candy. The pattern I’ll be using is Textured Stripe from the Marguerite Davison Handweaver’s Pattern Book. 

Winter Weave Along

You can join in with your weaving projects anytime until March 31. We will have prizes, including a class generously donated by Erica at Weavolution. Check out this great website for weavers with projects, discussion, classes, and lots of resources. The website has a handy Weaving Calculator that you can use for project planning. 

For Rigid Heddle Looms, check out Amy D. McKnight.  She has a blog and free resources. 

Liz Gipson, the Yarnworker also has lots of online resources for rigid heddle weaving. 

Blazing Shuttles has pre-wound warps and from there I found the Friendship Towels pattern at Schact

Gist Yarn has some beautifully subtle kits and also has supplies and free patterns.

Jane Stafford Textiles has kits, supplies and the Online guild. 


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