Year Of Projects: week 29

This week has been a bit of an all rounder: I managed to knit, spin and weave!

On knitting, I’ve done some more progress on the sleeves of my second version of Michele Wang’s Squall, though not enough to warrant an update on the pictures posted in a previous update – and it struck me that I started knitting this sweater in April last year! This is unconscionable! It generally takes me 6 weeks to knit a cabled sweater, so you see what weaving does to you!

Talking of which, I took the twill Gamp from Janet Phillips‘ ” Designing Woven Fabric” off the loom – it will go in the wash today, and then it will be a matter of studying it! I ended up with 3.15m/3’4″ of sample, 46cm/18″ wide, though no doubt dimensions will change after washing, and I am contemplating using it as a light “comfort blanket” when working from home, so that in idle times my eye can wander over the 500 patterns!

Twill gamp off the loom – before wet finishing and pressing

Indeed, I will have to inspect them very closely, as I have now yarn for yardage for a summer dress! The current plan is for a cotton warp and a linen singles weft. The yarn will be very fine (the 16/2 cotton, which is about cobweb weight yarn, it has 1,300m per 100g weight, and similarly the linen), and I hope to turn it into a flowing dress, though it will be quite a while before I’ll be able to travel to somewhere where I can wear it, but hey, we could always get a scorching summer in Scotland! These are the beauties, beautifully packaged and arrived quickly from My Fine Weaving Yarn, aka my favourite yarn pusher!

16/2 organic mercerised cotton by Garnhuset I Kinna and and 16/1 linen by Växbo Lin

The yarns are really lovely, both by Swedish companies – and they are quite a bit cheaper than knitting yarns, so something for lovers of fine yarn to consider.

I’ve also progressed with my spinning – here is the first single off the spindle and ready to ply, and the spindle filling up again:

From my absolute beginner position, I have found the two videos by Anita Osterhaug (former Handwoven Magazine editor), Drop Spinning 101 and Drop Spinning 102 really very very good, I’ve watched both three times already, and I think I am not finished yet! I am sure there are other excellent resources out there, but these come with an “all access subscription” to Handwoven magazine, which I have. Incidentally, Handwoven offers a free trial month (you have to start a subscription and then cancel it I think), and they have countless videos on weaving, spinning, dying.

One final point to note: I want to warmly recommend the free series of Handweavers’s Guild of America interviews to fibre artists, taking place every Tuesday that I mentioned last week – really interesting. If you can’t get into the live event on Zoom, you can follow from Facebook (and do not need a Facebook account).

Hope you have a very crafty week!

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).

23 thoughts on “Year Of Projects: week 29”

  1. That 500 pattern fabric is awesome! It didn’t take you very long to complete it either. I am very impressed. The fiber you have chosen for a dress is gorgeous. Thanks for the heads up about where to purchase super fine fiber.

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  2. My mind can’t comprehend how you managed to weave so many different patterns on each row. Literally can’t even begin to work that out. Did I know you were in Scotland too? Your spinning looks to be going really well.

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    1. thank you!

      On the gamp, there are ten different sections of warp that are threaded differently – I could not accommodate it all on my SampleIt, but I think I could have half of them. I will be definitely doing at least parts of it on my rigid heddle loom with wool yarn, and once I’ve worked that out I will most definitely share it!

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  3. Your comment about weaving taking over knitting is exactly why I’ve avoided buy a loom so far. But my friend got one to make sets of placemats as thank you gifts for folks that helped in her daughter’s wedding. Since my daughter is getting married next year I’m wondering more strongly about getting a loom. Maybe I can just borrow hers???

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    1. Personally I find weaving totally addictive, and I am kicking myself for having spent decades of my life in total ignorance that weaving existed and was possible at home! But I am also finding I am very interested in weaving structures, so learning about it is sucking me in completely, and a couple of lifetimes won’t be enough to go through it all!

      However weaving, especially if not on a rigid heddle loom, has set up costs: for instance it can take me a couple of evenings to measure up the yarn, another couple of evenings to transfer it to the loom, then another 4-5 evenings to put each thread through a heddle (think this a little bit like casting on), then another evening to tie up the threads to the front, and basically the best part of 10 days has gone into just setting the stage for the actual weaving. I actually do quite like all these phases, but very many people just hate it, so I’d give it a go first before going in. What loom does your friend have? If it is a rigid heddle loom, you can sure borrow it, then if you like it you can go in big. I wish I had the space for a floor loom!

      If you find yourself thinking about it, you probably need to get this thought out of the system by trying it out 😜

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  4. I had no idea you could weave such lightweight fabric. I can’t wait to see the dress. Your spindle spinning is very even! I need to take those tutorials. Thank you so much for the links! Those Swedish threads are gorgeous!

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  5. Your twill gamp is gorgeous. I so wish I could see it in person. I think I could spend a long time studying it – mesmerized by the different patterns. 🙂

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  6. Any recommendations on a “Weaving for Dummies” tutorial? I can’t imagine getting one pattern right, let alone 500. LOL. Your handspun looks so even.

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    1. thanks, you are very kind, but there are various mistakes in there – however it does not matter too much, it is a study aide after all!

      Do you have a loom already? I started on a rigid heddle loom, which is quite a different beast to a table loom or to a floor loom, but it is quick to set up (even more so if compared to the other two types), and you can do a lot on it (I wove fabric for a dress and for a skirt on it, they are on this blog) – I do have a post with links that you may find useful, here:
      https://lovestoswatch.wordpress.com/2020/07/11/resources-for-the-beginner-weaver-on-the-rigid-heddle-loom/

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