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Weaving with Hemp (and other stuff)

I have a lot of Hemp/Cotton worsted weight yarn on hand and planned to knit dishcloths.
Unfortunately, it's very stiff and hurts my hands when I knit it.
So I decided to create some weaving samples.
This is just the first batch. I still have the Hemp/Cotton warp on the Cricket
and will photograph the others when I complete them.
The weft on these is mostly crochet cotton (several strands held together).
I have a large stash of this stuff that was given to me and I'm trying to use it up. 
Hemp/Cotton Sample
A little creative hemstitching...

And my favorite — 
Same warp but I hand painted it with textile markers
and wove it with a thinner white cotton I had on hand.


Woven Spa Cloth

I finally got around to posting a photo of the spa cloth I wove.
It's made from hem and cotton.
Very soft.


Knitting Retreat at Knobs Haven

Here's some photos from my knitting retreat at Knobs Haven, KY in April.
This is a convent for the Sisters of Loretto and a very peaceful place to stay.
Our room was on the 3rd floor of this lovely 100+ dormitory.
Walking around the grounds was especially nice.

And then there was the Yarn Feeding Frenzy as we divided up Mary Jane's stash.

After that my camera died and everything else that happened there will just be between us.
I assure you no one was hurt during the yarn grabbing.


Lisa's Alpaca Scarf

I thought I'd never get this scarf woven.
I used alpaca for the warp and
it was so delicate it continuously broke.
I did a lot of spitting and spinning to get it to
stay together long enough for me to weave.
Then I tried hand felting
which was taking forever.
So I threw it in the machine and
almost overfelted it.
It is supposed to have the holes.
She loved it and
if we ever have a winter again in SC,
she will get a lot of use out of it. 
Brown is her color and
since she is allergic to wool, 
the alpaca was one of the few fibers
I could use that would felt. 

Pull Tab Bracelet from my Art Yarn

I took a spinning class from JC Boggs
and we spun some real funky yarn.
I always try to use what I spin,
so I crocheted a bracelet with my yarn
using pull tabs (or pop tops) as a base.
The charm is from my knitting friend, Jen.
You won't believe the compliments I get every time I wear it.
The pattern can be found here

Mitts for Me!

Our office is chilly in the morning,
so I finally got around to making myself a pair of fingerless mitts.

The Pattern is called Owl Study Gloves and can be found here


Handwoven Purple Scarves

This scarf took some time to weave since I did a little finagling 
to make it more fun to weave. 

Suede yarn has always been a pain to knit with because it worms out of place.
The worming nature of the yarn worked to my advantage
and created the nice loops.

And here's how it is done...
Picking up the sparkly yarn.

Inserting bamboo skewers to create spacers. 

On the loom...

The "plain" scarf was a quick weave of the same materials and
will make a nice gift for someone.
It's the same warp and weft.

Warp: 1.81/1 Cotton - Dragon Tail
Weft: Lion Brand Suede and Unknown Sparkly Stuff


I took a natural dying class some time ago and have had some fun with copper dying.
If you soak copper (tubes, dish scrubbers, etc) in a solution of ammonia and water,
you get some beautiful greens depending on how long you soak the copper tubing.
The actual dying had to be done outside (for obvious reasons)
and the wool had to be rinsed well to remove the ammonia which can be damage the fiber.
I started out spinning the roving, but the wool wasn't the easiest to spin,
so I gave up and put it away until I got the idea to weave with the roving.
I had enough of the handspun yarn to warp my tapestry loom.
When I took it off the loom, I realized it wasn't large enough.
I'd always wanted to try Tunisian Crochet and I had dyed a couple of skeins 
of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool earlier also. 
This was the perfect match for my rug.

Tunisian Crochet tends to roll so I had to really soak it when I blocked it.
I later added another crochet edging (not shown) to keep it from curling.
All in all I'd way it was a good experiment and looks great in my bathroom.


Pillowcase Dolls

I have always wanted to make dolls from vintage pillowcases,
but they are hard to find.
Luckily I found 3 at SAFF last year.
I finally got around to making the dolls and had so much fun dressing them.

The dolls themselves are made from a pillowcase we got as a wedding gift over 40 years ago.
The cotton s incredibly soft from all the wear and washing.
The skirts are made from the vintage pillow cases I found.
Instead of making the bonnets and bodices from the plain part of the pillowcases,
I decided to use some vintage dresser scarves I had bought at yard sales and flea markets.
I also added aprons.
I'm so happy to have save the incredible embroidery and crochet so painstakingly created
by someone I never knew. 
I think it is better to recycle these items into something my granddaughters will keep
rather than keep them stored away in a drawer.


Double Trouble

My neighbor had twin boys in the spring,
so I made these cute little hats with a brim.
Can't wait to see their cute little noggins in the hats!

Pattern design is by Emily Vanek and can be found on Ravelry.



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