Year Of Projects: week 32

It is surely possible to have too many fibre craft interests, by which I mean enough of them that you cannot keep up – and while it is most definitely the case for me already with knitting, weaving (a true addiction!) and spinning, why stop?

And so it was that I added tatting to the mix this week, of the shuttle type. The word “shuttle” is important here, as there are so many and so pretty, from cheap and not so cheap plastic to metal and wood, that collecting shuttles can easily become a new addiction. As can getting lost in tatting threads, which are (of course!) different from crochet threads, which in turn are (of course!) different from weaving threads. Ah, a full maze of rabbit holes!

Mind you, I am not the doily type, but there are many less “frilly” and more “square” patterns, and of course my ultimate goal once I get a bit of practice is garments – at lest I can think of light scarves and shawls, in practice anything you can do with conventional granny squares you can do with tatted blocks, with the advantage that with tatting you are most definitely not confined to squares. True, you aren’t confined to squares with knitting and crochet either, but with tatting shapes are very very easy to change. It is addictive, and once I get a bit more into it I will compile some resources. For the moment Jane Eborall’s website might not be the most sophisticated looking in terms of web design, but it is a goldmine of tatting knowledge and patterns. She also has a companion site, Tat It And See (TIAS) which is a sort of mystery tat along, which I am hoping to join soon (need a bit more techniques, but it easy enough to learn, it just need patience).

It is as slow as you can imagine (in essence it is a collection of knots, so to make even very lacy fabric you need a heck of a lot of them), but it is very very portable, and can be picked up and put down very easily to fill any spare minute. I am taking a course organised by the UK Online Guild of weavers, Dyers and Spinners and is run by Katy Barret.

I also took my spindle up this week, and got almost a second bout of singles done, but not enough progress to warrant a picture!

No knitting at all, though my mouse keeps wandering back to Linda Marveng’s beautiful Eah, test knitting starting the week after the next on Ravelry- a lot of stocking stitch in a worsted-like gauge (two strands held together of sports and lace), but can I commit? Here it is:

I do find it absolutely gorgeous, and the test knit is also to improve the depth of the hood, really very tempted (by the way, open to anyone who wishes to join, the list to sign up for Linda’s test knits is here, and she has no limits on the number of test knitters she accepts – she is also very generous, so on top of the pattern for the test knit, she also gifts her test knitters a pattern of their choice from her many designs).

The design being tested next is also very very tempting, a stylish overrides hooded poncho, here is a sneak peek:

In fact I like all the patterns coming up for testing, and I’ve tested quite a bit for her, as well as knitting her patterns at my own pace – in fact she also has a KAL with prizes running until the end of June, you can sign up here. As you can tell, I am a fan 😍

If you like cables and you do not know Linda, you must definitely check her out!

This week I have also started a most wonderful online weaving course by Cally Booker, Understand Double Weave. Not only Cally is an experienced wonderful weaver, she has the gift of clarity! The course is organised in pre-recorded instructions, downloadable instruction materials and exercises, and live zoom sessions, and a community forum. Cally is extremely generous with her time (I had 2 and a half hours with her yesterday!), and it is a lot of fun. Above all, what I like enormously is that this is not a “project” course, but one where participants have to use the principles taught in order to design their own double weave sampler. I had come across Cally’s blog many times before when searching for information on weaving in general and double weave in particular, and when I saw the opportunity to take a remote class with her, I jumped on it – the course sold out in half an hour, but she will have more. If you have the chance, do take it. It will develop over six weeks, and here is a bit of playing around with colour palettes.

I extracted colours from a picture from the times when I could still hike in the Alps from Canva, and just in case I find Paletton another useful software to play around with colours – here is the original picture, the palette, and some yarn wraps:

A lovely crafty week to you all!

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 32”

  1. Your work this week has been amazing even if no knitting! The sweater design is lovely and thank you for sharing the Paletton tool. As primarily a spinner this will definitely help me with fiber design.

    I have a rigid heddle loom that I want to start using this year so all the resources you shared is very helpful.

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    1. thank you Nicky! Just be aware that weaving can be very addictive 😊. I’ve done quite a bit of weaving on a rigid heddle loom (currently I have a project on it, bit of a secret still), and there is A LOT that you can do on them, not to mention that it is such a de-stressing activity… you will have fun with it, I am sure!
      I am a beginner spinner, so I will be lurking on your blog to learn!

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      1. You bet! Any questions you have feel free to ask. I’ll help where/whenever I can. 😀

        I’ll be checking you out for weaving inspiration!

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  2. That hooded sweater is sweet. A lovely design to be sure. I will need to go and take a look at her site. (Rabbit hole)

    My Grandmother tatted and I have one cousin that picked it up. I always wanted to learn but being left handed, not many tatters out there that are lefties. Now that my left hand is affected with arthritis, I am not sure I can do the tatting. I have discovered several sites that show how to do it left handed though. Technology is my friend. I will be interested to see your tatting as you learn more and more.

    Your color chart of your hiking is spot on. How fun to be able to find the colors to remind you of a wonderful experience.

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    1. that is interesting about tatting Marsha – if memory serves me well the blog I linked is also by a left hander, but she learned with the right and said it does not matter, though I am not sure how I’d find it if I were to do it as a lefthander… If you are interested in lace, bobbin lace seems more “even” across hands, although I haven’t given it a go at all, and indeed I am positively trying NOT to look it up, no need for another rabbit hole, at least not so soon… 😜

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  3. You really accomplished so much in learning new skills! The class sounded really wonderful. So far, I have been able to resist weaving and tatting. I tried tatting and it wasn’t for me but I admire people who tat. Looking forward to see what you create with your new skills! Have a great week!

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    1. Sandra, sorry to go off a tangent, but I can’t access your site, it says “connection is not private”, I thought I’d let you know in case this is a general problem

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  4. I’ve been intimidated by tatting since I learned it existed! If I ever feel uninspired by the myriad of other fiber crafts I do, I might give it a go!

    I also really LOVE the colors you pulled for the Alps weave project! That will be a STUNNING project!

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  5. Wow. tatting. There is a lady at my church who used to do and teach tatting but it certainly isn’t very common any more is it? Maybe it will have a resurgence like knitting has. Way too small for my eyesight.

    Congrats on test knitting. I’ll be trying out sample knitting in the next week or two with a vanilla sock which is probably better suited to me. But someday I may try a test knit.

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    1. I didn’t even know what tatting was until it was mentioned in my guild – then thought it might come handy as finishing for some weaves or knits, and got drawn in, we’ll see how long it lasts, though this also feels addictive… or maybe I am just of the addictive type!

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  6. I am so tempted to join that test knit – the Eah is gorgeous. Yay for you tackling tatting. I had met a woman once that did it, and saw a demo at a Knitting Fair once – I look forward to seeing your progress.

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    1. oh, just go for it! It is also a fun group to be in, everyone is so encouraging, you might have a peak at the KAL just to see how it feels and check it if is right for you!

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  7. It appears to have been quite a week! Starting sounds intriguing, so I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Your weaving looks to be off to a fine start with your palette.

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    1. thank you – I am going beserk with yarn wraps, changing my mind all the time, colour choice can be overwhelming, but it is fun to have a good excuse to play with colourful yarn!

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  8. I kid you not, twice I have fallen down a rabbit hole on this post and forgotten to comment, so I’m back my 3rd time and tried to avoid clicking any links I may get lost in. You are great at sharing information that’s so useful. I have too many hobbies for sure and so when I clicked on the tatting link I did promise myself ‘no matter what don’t start doing whatever this is’.

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    1. I am just very happy if I can lead you along the road to perdition 😊 And you know, these tatting shuttles cost around £3 if not less, the mercerised cotton you probably already have…. just sayin’😜

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