Year Of Projects: week 30

Apart from discovering that I cannot count (the last two YoP posts should have been weeks 28 and 29, not 26 and 27 as I had incorrectly written – now fixed), this week has been an exercise in will power in getting the sleeves on my Second Squall done, but alas I am not there yet, though I am determined to post the finished sweater next week. I am inching my way to the armhole shaping, and it should be all downhill to the finishing line from there.

Sleeve island progress…

The problem is that my mind wanders continuously to weaving – I spent quite a bit of time drafting a sample where flat areas alternate with double layered ones, with the idea of stuffing the woven layers. I will have to see what comes out in the sample, but if it works, it could make for baby mats for toddlers to play on, or seat cushions, we’ll have to see.

To create the two layers, you have to decouple some of the threads – this make it possible to play around with colours, and I am playing around with two ideas. One is to show the pattern clearly: so the warp (i.e. vertical) threads are arranged so that the double layered area pulls up the threads of one colour, which should come up 3D because of the stuffing, as in this picture:

The second idea instead is to pull up a smaller scale version of the same pattern – this should be more of a trick to the eye, though not quite an optical illusion: but while on the flat part the pattern repeat will be larger (4 vertical and 4 horizontal threads), the stuffed part will be pulling up smaller pattern repeats (2 vertical and 2 horizontal threads). So the draft below is entirely identical to the previous one, apart from changing the yarn colours.

I am curious to see what comes out from this experiment! And I don’t have pink in my cotton stash, so it will have to be in different colour combinations, I am looking at some strong contrast involving purples and oranges…

Finally I thought I’d mention a really interesting free series of (short) videos on Kimonos by the Victoria and Albert Museum. So I learned that the seven pieces of fabric needed for each kimono were first cut and assembled and then decorated (through paint and embroidery). Additional pictures can be seen here, and there is a ticketed full day online event on Friday 12th February.

Wishing everyone a very crafty week ahead!

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).

11 thoughts on “Year Of Projects: week 30”

  1. WOW. Just looking at the sleeves, that looks like it will be an amazing sweater. Love that you are knitting them 2 at a time!! I have yet to try a seamed sweater. Maybe someday. I have no confidence in my ability to maintain gauge so I’m afraid to try a pieced garment. Have fun with your weaving experiment!

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  2. The sleeves of your sweater are so pretty. I love all the texture in it. The 3D swatch is fascinating. I love that one the best. What a great idea to make chair cushions with one of those patterns. Or a play mat. Thanks for that link to the video. I love kimonos and was thrilled to learn a few things about them.

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  3. I am thinking of warping up a project on my big loom this week, maybe brooks bouquet pattern, something with interest but not too complicated (I hope). I haven’t tried a houndstooth yet, it’s so interesting you say the draft is the same on those two such different patterns. It is clever stuff. Did you finish making the jacket with your red and gold fabric you wove?

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    1. thank you! I think houndstooth is enormously satisfying, and you can have a very lovely effect with plain weave already (and if you use more heddles, you can have a twilled one, which is also a classic). I have never tried brooks bouquet, but I should!

      On the jacket, thanks for asking! I did cut the pattern for the jacket and made a toile, and when my husband tried it on, it looked like the pattern for a clown: I think the sleeves and the body were a good 15cm short, the body too large…. He is tall and slim, and I am a beginner sewer, so rather than make amendments to the toile, I got another pattern (Burda). I am still to make the toile for that one, the paper pattern is very fiddly. I want to finish the jumper first, so that he has a chance to wear it this season, but then I’ll be onto the jacket.

      Good luck with your big project!

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  4. both weaves are playing tricks with my eyes. I can’t imagine how that is done, but good on you for such fine work. The sleeves are almost done and I love the pattern. I am looking forward to you modeling it for us.

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  5. The sleeves are stunning, I can’t wait to see the finished sweater!

    I dig the graphic nature of your upcoming weaving projects! I love the idea of purple and orange together!

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