Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Now With Weaving!

It's not like I needed One More Thing To Do and it's not like I needed One More Piece of Equipment, but I finally caved in to a little urge that's been lying dormant for 30 years, but giving me occasional little nudges. I used my birthday money and bought an Ashford 32" Rigid Heddle Loom and stand. Yesterday I warped it for a simple scarf and today I took my first piece off the loom.

It's not anywhere close to perfect, but not nearly as flawed as I feared it might be while I was working on it.



The warp yarn is Knit One, Crochet Too Parfait, in a kind of dusky lavender color. The weft is Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Worsted in a rich dark purple. These pics show it before I washed it, and the flash gave the yarn a sheen it doesn't really have. It's soaking right now, and with a little luck, I'll be able to get some natural light pics soon.

In other news, last week, while Mr. SABLE was in San Diego, we had about 15" of snow. It was a record-breaking snow event for Madison. The kids had Wednesday off from school and everything ground to a halt. Mr. SABLE had parked his car in the surface lot at the airport, thereby saving his company a whopping $2 a day over the cost of the garage, so Wednesday night after we were plowed out, we went out to the airport, found his car, dug it out, and then stayed to meet his plane. Remarkably, it was only about 40 minutes late.

In knitting news, I had to make another handspun wool/alpaca hat for Mr. SABLE because Owen claimed the first one for himself. Owen tried to claim the replacement, too, but I think he got told a thing or two.

10 comments:

Lynn said...

You're weaving - yay! Wanna lay bets on when you reach SABLE for real weaving yarns?

Kaye said...

Beautiful!!!! Think of all the stash eating you can do with practice weaving right? ;-)

Sorry about the Re: Hi Dear. I don't know what that's about. Something with crappy hotmail. Weird.

Wendy said...

hmmmm. weaving.... must. warp. loom. again.

egebs said...

looking at this beautiful piece is seriously making me consider getting a loom, but I'm not sure that my husband would appreciate another hobby. Merry Christmas

Leslie said...

The scarf is gorgeous! And weaving sounds so fun. Can't wait to see what else comes off your loom...

Cindy G said...

Cool!

MollyBeees said...

OMG! We have to talk! I've been wanting to try weaving for a while. That piece you made is GORGEOUS! Is it for me? No don't tell me. I don't want to ruin the Christmas surprise!

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

It's great. So much faster than knitting, and no curling. It was nice of you to rescue the car. I'm glad you're all safe and noisy.
Er, I mean safe and sound.
Your pal, golea

Batty said...

Beautiful subtle shading. Love the purples.

Crystal said...

DH told me I can't have a weaving loom. "Can't you use your other looms?" "No, they're knitting looms, and I'm talking about weaving. I've wanted to learn rigid heddle weaving for... at least 15 years, probably longer." "But you have enough things to do." He actually said that... But what DH doesn't have to pay for and doesn't have to see, won't hurt him. Me's getting a Cricket from Schacht. :D