Prism

Prism

Prism
Warp
24 Simple Scarves MCN in Rubies
24 The Knittery Merino in Vineyard

Weft
Knitpicks Chroma Fingering in Prism

Reed
7.5

This was my mother-in-law’s Christmas gift. I wanted to go back to the basics of weaving which is working with colour and so decided to do a play on rainbow colours (which she happens to like) by splitting the wrap in hot and cold colours. The result is a very subtle difference between the two colour temperatures which is visible up close but not too obvious when seen from far.

I actually finished this earlier but never got around to posting about it because my in-laws check out my blog so it would actually spoil the surprise! Kekekeke.

Nil tells me that my mother-in-law thought I had used silk in the mix but no, it’s all merino and some cashmere from the weft yarns – I used my handdyed MCN (merino-cashmere-nylon blend) and leftovers from another weaving project (The Knittery MCN yarn). A note about Knitpicks Chroma Fingering – it’s a single ply so okay for weft but handle gentle otherwise it might just felt!

I have about half a ball left so I might get around to weaving something along these lines or a project with colour blocks or gradients in it.

Prism

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Burgundy Cowl

Burgundy Cowl

Venetian Harlequin
Warp
4 Louisa Harding Fauve (Red-pink)
8 Tendance Crea (Pink-Red-Beige)
10 Three Suisses Bamboo (Pink)
6 Bergère de France Bergerama (Red-pink)
4 Tendance Crea (Pink-Red-Beige)
6 Bergère de France Bergerama (Red-pink)
10 Three Suisses Bamboo (Pink)
8 Tendance Crea (Pink-Red-Beige)
4 Louisa Harding Fauve (Red-pink)

Weft
Bergère de France Bergerama (Red-pink)
Tendance Crea (Pink-Red-Beige)

Reed
7.5

I had initially planned this for an adult but somehow, miscalculated on the part when I was supposed to take the waft off and weave it into the scarf. Instead of making allowances for 2.5 times the width of the scarf, I upped it to 3.5 times resulting in a very short body and overly long “fringe”. In the end, the cowl was only long enough to fit over an adult sized head but not long enough to encircle the neck a few times. Also, the waft-into-weft weave was too tight, no thanks to a short body, and such, it crinkled a little.

Still, it fits Eva and so will end up as hers instead of the original giftee. Back to the loom again, I reckoned, and after my search for Pastry/Baker Chef Jobs – an assignment. Heh.

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Raspberry Weave

FO: Raspberry Weave

Venetian Harlequin
Warp
14 Four Seasons Gründl Sunshine
6 Louisa Harding Fauve (Purple)
12 Louisa Harding Fauve (Red-pink)
4 Four Seasons Gründl Sunshine
12 Louisa Harding Fauve (Red-pink)
6 Louisa Harding Fauve (Purple)
14 Four Seasons Gründl Sunshine

Weft
Four Seasons Gründl Sunshine
Bergère de France Bergerama (Red-pink)

Reed
7.5

My first weaving project in two years…

I’m still a little rusty but I love how this turned out. Am not too sure if I’ll give this away as a Christmas present so it’ll go into my stash of finished objects for now. In the meantime, I’ve started on a new project which features a new technique I picked up from scouring the forums. Hopefully it’ll turn out good! Am keeping my fingers crossed!

🙂

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Venetian Harlequin

Venetian Harlequin completed!

Venetian Harlequin
Length | slight over 61?
Width | 11?
Fringe | 13? double knotted

It took a while for me to finish this piece because of distractions (family matters, other hobbies, etc) and brainstorming for the shop. Instead of the three days, I took over two weeks (me thinks)! I really ought to find a way to concentrate on my pieces instead of losing focus and switching to something else like dyeing.

Oh! I’ll say it now – I simple love how the colours flow over! Nil thinks that it’s very Scottish kilt-like even though Scot kilts are more reds and greens than purple, red and yellow. Do you see now why Lapis Lazuli is following a similar weave pattern?

Anyway, this will be up in the shop come September when I have more weaved up for sale then. I’m hoping to come up with at least three more colours for this series, so wish me lots of luck!!!! 🙂

…On a completely different note, ever since I got pregnant, these nasty pimples have never failed to show up. I do get an occasional one or two popping up when my period comes a-calling (ah, the perks of PMS) but this is getting crazy!

What’s worse is that they aren’t small but those huge under the crater type which are painful more than anything else. I don’t know if it’s because of my cream, the weather or just the fact that I’ve changed my facial routine a few times over the past few months.

So really, what’s the best acne treatment around? I’m desperate and well, while it isn’t really much of an issue, I still don’t like seeing them pop up, especially around the forehead and sides (where my hair covers and my specs sit – great!).

ARGH! This is so not nice. 🙁

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Vert est jeune

Vert est jeune

Vert est jeune
Length | slight over 66?
Width | 11.5?
Fringe | 9? double knotted

This was another quick weave despite me putting down the loom for nearly 10 days due to the holidays. It was a first, experimenting with the thin creamy stripes and I’m glad it turned out quite well really.

Anyway, I opted again for the double knotted fringe – yes, I love double knots (but maybe it’s also because this is one of the few “pretty” ways of ending a scarf that I know of). I ought to look around for more ideas for finishing though.

The double knotted fringe again!

The soft variegated colours of the cotton yarn gives this a very spring, lime, fresh feel and I enjoy the feel of the difference in the texture of both the cotton and acrylic-based yarn. Despite my initial thoughts about it, I was surprised by the overall weight – this proves to be heavier than the first scarf I weaved. Perhaps it’s the thickness and make of the yarn that changed everything.

While I was in France, I had the chance to browse through Grandmaman‘s old tissage books. Published in the late 50s, it’s meant more for table looms but I loved looking at the patterns and came away, utterly mad over stripes, chevrons, diamonds and checkered patterns.

I have something in mind for the next few projects, which requires a little digging around the stash – yes, I’ll be putting those leftovers to good use! Yes, there just might be more to come!

Creamy stripes against variegated cotton

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The second weave

Vert est jeune in the making! The shine on the loom

Vert est jeune
Warp yarn | Schachenmayr nomotta Bravo Baby in 120 (Baby Vanille) & Maxima in 1614 (Light Cream)
Weft yarn | Schachenmayr nomotta Catania Color in 76 (Plantage) & Bravo Baby in 120 (Baby Vanille)
Reed | 7.5 dpi
Ends | 96 ends

Fresh on the loom now is Vert est jeune (Green is young) – a play of some sorts on the words “est” and “jeune”; mispronounce both and you get “et” (and) and “jaune” (yellow)… Okay, so it’s a pretty lame attempt at being funny/smart. Never mind that.

This time, I’m working with a slight striping pattern for the warp and will be planning on incorporating it into the weft as well. The fibres in use are not wool but acrylic and cotton, which gives the scarf a softer feel and slight sheen to its surface.

I’m hoping it’ll turn out just the way I imagine it to be. 🙂

In the mean time, it’s back to more weaving and figuring out some mortgage quotes online (it’s an assignment).

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Crème aux fraises

Crème aux fraises off the loom!

Crème aux fraises
Length | slight over 67″
Width | 12″
Fringe | 9″ double knotted

Honestly, I hadn’t anticipated that weaving was a fast thing. Now I see why heaps of weavers out there, even those with table looms and such, love this craft! Weaving this up was fun – the colours change subtly with every line and overtime, I became just fascinated with how the weave pattern flowed on.

The double knotted fringe

Finishing this was a slightly different thing. I started this project with the most basic of instructions – the Ashford colourful booklet, which is fine for warping and all – but it doesn’t give me much idea as to how to finish a scarf apart from tying in knots. The Internet didn’t give me much either so I had to rely on whatever sewing skills I had when it came to hemming. I don’t know what the stitch was called but basically I “twisted” the yarn in with a darning yarn (which is actually the leftover weft yarn) and ended it with a double knot fringe, which I simple adore!!!!!!

The weave texture

Texture-wise, because this is pure wool (both weft and warp yarns are wool-based), it can feel a little coarse but that’s also because I have yet to wash and soften it. I reckon that after a washing & softening treatment, it’ll be soft, airy and light. Actually, right now it’s like that…just a little coarse, that’s all.

Now, don’t you just wish you had one? 😉

Hm…just to side track a little, I wonder if there was a way to do closed captioning for this on TVs back at home?

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