Monday, July 09, 2007

I tried to add a title, but Blogger said no way today. Hence, no title.

I am in the process of learning about the loom. I tried to make a dishcloth using the same cotton I used with the rigid heddle. Mistake. It is three plies of 16/2 cotton. It wasn't a problem until the reed was threaded with two of those per dent. That makes 6 16/2 pieces through each dent in a 12 dent reed. The plies are not bound together in anyway. Plies got seperated and threaded in the wrong heddle and it was total mess. Me thinks that a 15 dent reed with one of these will make great dishtowels and LYS sells this stuff dirt cheap. They also mix the three colors and it looks cool. This is sold mainly for machine knitting.

Second try was a twill threading of the above yarn, 1 per dent. Not too bad, a few mistakes.

Knitting has been happening as well. This is the cloche from Lace Knits. Yarn is from Plymouth, it is alpaca and oh so soft. This is a gift for an Aunt recovering from chemo treatments. I like the pattern better in person, I did buy more yarn to make another one. It looks much better in person than in the book. It wasn't until I saw it in my not so LYS that I wanted to make it.

The Aunt also needs a pair of socks. These are Mountain Colors superwash. She is also diabetic, so I chose to go with a ribbed pattern all the way having never made her a pair of socks before.


At 7:45 AM, Blogger jackie said...

Way to go with the new loom! The learning curve is a bit steep at times, isn't it? I was fortunate enough to have a great teacher around when I was learning to weave. A little experience certainly goes a long way!

I have a great pattern for socks that have ribs all the way down the foot. I love it because it stretches where it needs to stretch and is snug where it needs to be snug. I am a beginner knitter and the thought of altering a pattern to fit my foot makes me break out into a cold sweat!


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