Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cold and dreary

Today was the perfect day to snuggle up under a blanket with a good book, but I didn't. Instead, I tatted Ice Drops and worked on my band weaving.

I finished this Spring Garden Ice Drop this morning. It's in size 20 Lizbeth #115, Springtime.

I spent most of the day working on my band weaving. I learned a lot today, which is another way of saying I made a lot of mistakes! I truly think it's easier to open a closed ring in size 80 thread than it is to fix a weaving mistake made several rows back. I'm pretty sure I spent more time fixing mistakes than I did actually weaving. Still, I'm pleased with my progress.

It sure was nice to end the day with a familiar pattern! This Ice Drop is in size 20 Lizbeth #124, Spring Garden.

I think I'll spend the rest of this rainy evening with a good book!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ready to weave!

I had another busy day today... laundry, visits from two friends, and warping my loom!

First I staged my warping area by washing the dishes and making sure the counter was sparkling clean! My warping pegs open up 2" and the kitchen countertop was the only place the clamps would fit.

It's been a while since I've warped a rigid heddle loom from scratch. Is that correct terminology? I've only used pre-wound warps on my Saori loom. I was pretty pleased with myself!

Mom came up with the idea of using craft sticks to keep the warp threads separate. It worked really well, and I didn't have to try and keep craft paper straight! All of this activity really taxed my brain, so I'm going to wait until tomorrow to start weaving.

With all the warping and visiting that went on today, I only managed to tat one Ice Drop. I think I will forgive myself for this shortcoming. 😏

New wooden shuttles from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design arrived today. I love them!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

More distractions

I woke up this morning with good intentions, but I kept getting distracted!

First, I was ready to warp my box loom. My friend Scott at the hardware store kindly made a heddle stand for me so that I could warp easily. Dave promised to make one for me, but this is the wrong time of year to ask him to do anything, so Scott came to the rescue.

Before I could warp the loom, I needed to wash up the dishes... no biggie. Then I had to choose my threads for warping, so I ventured into the disaster area known as my sewing room. I chose the threads, looked around, and decided I needed to spend a little time cleaning up my mess. The good news is, my sewing cabinet and my Featherweight sewing table are clean, polished, and organized... at least on the outside!

All the fabric that I just had to have is now in baskets instead of plastic bags. I can close the closet doors if I want to. The size 80 tatting thread is now in my apothecary jar instead of hidden away in cardboard boxes. However, when I was finished with all of this, I realized I'd hardly made a dent in the mess, and I was too tired to think about warping my loom!

Luckily, tatting and reading don't take a lot of energy. So, I read some more of Norwegian Pick-up Bandweaving, and I tatted two Ice Drops.

These are in size 20 Lizbeth #115, Springtime. I guess I really did accomplish quite a bit!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lost in a good book

I was a good girl today and started off by cleaning bathrooms and grocery shopping, and then I got home...

Yes, I am loving learning about band weaving! Mom got me started on it. I haven't done nearly as much as she has, but she's been weaving for a lot longer than I have. I am fascinated!

My new fascination has not kept me from tatting Ice Drops. I am drawn to them, like a moth to a flame.

I don't think I've duplicated any one I've made, although some have been similar to others. I feel a little guilty that I haven't tried out all the variations that other tatters have shared, but I like the fact that I can tat the original pattern with variations and never look at a pattern. 😊

I was very excited to open them mail today! Aren't these shuttles from Rita Richmond adorable? They may be my new favorite Moonlit shuttles!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Today got away from me. I tried to watch a sock knitting video and a weaving video, but our Internet connection was very spotty today. I should have given up and done something else, but sometimes I get a bit stubborn!

I did manage to tat two Ice Drops today. There's a little bit of Marilee Rockley's Candy Mint left, but not enough for an Ice Drop.

Both of these were finished before I left for our retiree's lunch. When I got home, I tried to get access to that sock knitting video again. I gave up after two hours and got ready for my sewing class.

Three of my four students finished their aprons today. Of course I forgot to take pictures! Maybe I'll remember with number four. 😁

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ducks in the pond

Can you see them? In all the years we've lived here, this is the first time we've seen ducks in the pond. We've seen a heron a few times, but these are our first ducks!

I finished up the warp on Dad's box loom. I did a little experimenting with finishing off the ends. There's just a knot on the left side, but on the right I did a little bit of braiding before knotting it. I'm still having trouble with getting an even weave, and I'm wondering if it's because I don't keep an even tension as I'm holding the woven end. I think I'll go back to my Shining Glen loom to see if I can do better.

I subbed at the high school today, so I took some tatting along. I really only tatted a few rings and chains on this Spinning Wheel glass mat. I've been carrying it in my purse for several weeks. It needed a shot of steam, and now I'm inspired to work on it again. 😊

Today was a four Ice Drop day. Aren't these colorful? They're each done in Marilee Rockley's size 20 hand-dyed thread, Candy Mint. I think they look good enough to eat!

I finally started round 9 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017. I thought it would be complicated, but the pattern was really easy to memorize. It just will take a while to get all the way around!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monster sock

I should have known better. I typically go down two needle sizes when I knit. I didn't this time, and this sock looks like it could fit Godzilla! Maybe I'll decorate it as a Christmas stocking. 😉

My friend Sue shared her Ice Drop pattern on the Ice Drop Addicts Facebook page. I misread the directions and came up with this. Not bad, but not what Sue intended!

My second attempt at Sue's pattern wasn't much better. The first round is more what Sue had in mind, but I think I should have used a finer thread. I played with the second round, which really did nothing to enhance the bead I used. Oh, well... back to the drawing board!