Have you ever had a month where you are exhausted and it feels like everything that could need your attention, does need your attention? Yes, well me too. There has been preparing for taxes, recovering from the insanity of the christmas rush, being more financially organized, more taxes, family drama, getting sick, getting a little cabin fever and literally tearing the walls down…
Technically we tore down the walls because we discovered there is no insulation between our walls and the outside of our house. To remedy this we are removing the inch thick plaster, adding insulation and then putting up sheet rock. We may also end up replacing windows too, we haven’t decided on that one yet.
I can’t believe it is March already, but I’m thrilled February is over. I love being a step closer to spring and a step farther away from the crazy of last month.
But onto the knitting! I finished my leftie shawl! Since I knit it on size 2 (2.75mm) needles I knit through my first skein of yellow yarn and had to order a second. The shawl has 31 leaves and I think it is a great size. Big enough to wrap around and be snuggly (because the yarn is so soft) but not huge. I also love the squishyness of the garter fabric knit at this gauge.
I am going to steam block the leaves to flatten them out a bit because some are seriously curled but I have no plans to block the whole shawl.
The next project I’m working on is a woven pooling piece. The idea is to warp your loom with a multi colored scarf in a way so that the color areas line up. For this project it is easier to see in the skein:
I didn’t shoot it on the loom, so you’ll have to imagine the loom warped So that the yellow, red & purple areas are all grouped together. Then you use one solid color for the weft of the whole scarf. I had so much trouble lining up the colors in a short repeat that I ended up with a long repeat. Like really long. Long enough for 2 scarves.
So now I have to cut the scarf in half, pull out some of the weft on each piece to make a short fringe, then I can secure the ends and figure out who I like enough to give a scarf to, or I can sell it.
The yarn is by Crabapple Yarns – hand dyed out of Lancaster Pa. The yarn (Pizzazz base) has a slight sparkle to it – which isn’t my usual choice, but the colors were so awesome I couldn’t help it. The warp is Vermont Falling and the weft is a golden yellow called Golden Pippin.
Updates on other projects:
I’m almost done with a Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos. I’ve finished the stockinette portion and now I just need to do the knitted on edging. It is on pause currently because I know the leaves will take focus and I just haven’t had any to spare this past month.
I’m also working on finishing a Bantam Bunny by Rebecca Danger and a Tiny Little Dragon by Susan B Anderson. The bunny will probably get finished first because it is a shop sample for my local yarn shop.
The most exciting thing is that tomorrow I’m going to look at a floor loom – a 45″ Nilus LeClerc with 4 harnesses. I have wanted a floor loom for over a year now and I’m thrilled that one finally came up for sale locally at a decent price.