Year Of Projects: week 16

This week has been all weaving a sampler for the Echo and Iris workshop I am taking, led by Marian Stubenitsky, that I already talked about in last week’s (very long) YOP update.

I put on two more metres than the course requirements as the plan was to make a scarf using the pattern I liked best. As I’ve been carried away with sampling though, it remains to be seen whether I will have enough – perhaps I could make a cowl, we’ll see.

I will make more extensive posts on this technique once I “get it”, but to really get to understand it I realise I need a lot of knowledge on weaving structures that I sorely lack at this point – but I am building a library to address that, as ever the problem is finding the time to indulge in my hobbies!

Anyhow, below pictures (in bad light) of my samples so far – I only have to weave the last one, and then I will use the last week of the workshop to weave off the remaining warp – either still sampling, or weaving a scarf or cowl.

Since I am not too happy with the colour choice in the warp (I think the purple warp with the red and the blue already there make it really dark), so I may end up continuing to experiment with this technique.

Samples 3, 5 and 6 are woven with a merino weft in pumpkin colour – washing should result in differential shrinkage, I’ll have to see.

I would LOVE to hear your genuine, honest (brutal if necessary) opinion on which colour combinations samples you’d turn into a finished object, if any!

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group, and an idea – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fibre activities, then update your blog every week if you manage. The objective is to keep track of progress on any fiber crafts with maximum flexibility: post, don’t post, follow your list, change it – so really it is just an opportunity to get to know of more blogs and activities of those who share a passion for anything fibre crafts.

Author: lovestoswatch

I used to knit as a girl, then hanged the needles for two/three decades, and now I’m back, and loving it! The photo is my version of Linda Marveng's Aki, the first proper project after "being born again". After getting back into knitting, weaving has also become my passion (with a little sewing to turn my handweaving into garments).

14 thoughts on “Year Of Projects: week 16”

    1. while weaving goes much faster than knitting once you are actually weaving, setting up takes a much longer time, and – also unlike knitting – you have to decide at the outset how long your project will. Hence it makes sense to set up a long warp (the yarn that goes onto the loom) and experiment before embarking into the actual project. Thanks for your thoughts!

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    1. Thank you Mary-Anne! I only weave in the evenings, but I manage to get at least two hours each evening, sometimes up to three, and weaving does go much quicker than knitting. Yes I like sample 6 too!

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    1. yes I also like that pumpkin weft! We’ll see how that behaves in the wash, the idea is that the wool will shrink more than the cotton, so the effect afterwards may be quite different, we’ll have to see. Thanks for your thougts!

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