Tuesday, September 22, 2009

White on White

I didn't really expect the white on white idea to work. But I'm pretty happy with it. The warp is still 8/2 bamboo, and the weft is a thicker, softer knitting bamboo yarn.

And now for a little color, here is how my experiment with the Weavette turned out. The blue on orange almost made me go blind. I wanted to see if I used two very bold colors in a 7 shaft satin if I would end up with a solid blue side and a solid orange side. Pretty close, but those orange picks are pretty pronounced on the blue side.

Monday, September 21, 2009

First M&W Scarf Finished

Here is the first scarf off this M&W warp at about the half way point:
And here is the end of it. I just finished the hem stitch. I plan to do the second scarf on this warp in all white, but two different thicknesses of bamboo. I'll show you how it turns out.
As a distraction I'm using my little weavette loom to sample a blue and orange satin. I love this little thing because if I have doubts, I can just weave a tiny patch. Plus, having to do it by counting threads rather than lifting shafts forces me to intimately understand my weave structure. And I can take it far more places than I can take my floor loom.

Friday, September 18, 2009

M & W Scarves

I've got a new warp on. And check it out, I got to use my awesome new raddle for the first time. The raddle is the slightly lighter colored component on top of the loom, it helps when dressing a loom from back to front.
And here is a somewhat hard to see picture of the scarf I am currently weaving. The warp is 8/2 bamboo in white, and the weft is 8/2 tencel in dark gray.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Crammed and Spaced Scarves


All 3 Crammed and Spaced scarves are off the loom. The warp of all 3 is 8/2 tencel in light green with a taupe border. The top scarf has a forest green 8/2 tencel weft, the middle is a taupe 8/2 tencel weft (the same color as the border), and the bottom is a light green 8/2 bamboo weft. The pure tencel ones are very soft, but I think the bamboo one will get softer over time.
Check out my awesome hem stitch!
As a reminder, here is how this one looked on the loom:
This one with the taupe weft is becoming a gift tonight, so I went ahead and took lots of pictures. More of the others to come.

note: The inspiration for these scarves came from the Crammed and Spaced chapter of The Handweaver's Pattern Directory, by Anne Dixon

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Tomatoes

I picked close to 30 lbs, canned between 20 and 25 lbs.



Sunday, September 6, 2009

Salsa

My mom has a lot of tomatoes. Here is how we made use of 15 lbs of them on Friday. We used the recipe found at kitchen addiction, if you want to try.







We ended up with 11 jars of salsa! And it is good.

I've also been weaving. Here is the 3rd and last scarf on my recent "crammed and spaced" warp: