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Curvy Tencel Cowls

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Happy Easter, everyone!

This will be a short post, because it is BEAUTIFUL outdoors, and I've been at this computer way too long already!

The tencel cowls are off the loom, sewn, tagged, and ready in my Etsy shop.  I really like the drape of these, and the way tencel feels is always so luxurious.  I ended up with three of the long looped cowls, measuring approximately 8.5 inches wide by 35.5 inches looped and laid flat.  That length allows for a lot of variation in how the cowls are worn.







The "nasty woman" fobs are also live in my shop.  Two have already sold, so there are now 3 available.  I'm going to warp up the inkle one more time for this weave, so more will be on the way, including another one or two with "resist" on them.



I have begun to plan for the next towel warp.  Nothing complex, just a natural colored warp and different color wefts, probably using crepe weave.  I may do a run of 10 or 12 towels for this, then warp for a more complex structure t…

Empty Looms

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Yes, I finally got both the key fob warp and the tencel cowl warp off the looms, only one day apart!

The key fobs are assembled, photographed, but not yet listed in my Etsy shop.  I managed 4 "nasty woman" fobs and one "resist."  As expected, the word "woman" wraps around the wristlet a bit, being a longer word than "nasty," but since they are to be grabbed or worn around a wrist, I don't think that it matters too much.  Finished they range in length from 6.5 inches to 7.25 inches including the hardware.  The actual rings have since been attached as well - I just find they make photographing a bit more challenging.




Not sure why I didn't take a solo shot of the "resist" one...

And here they are laid out flat before being assembled:


The colors are truer in the first three photos.  

Here is an (over-exposed) photo of the cowl warp off the loom, prior to wet finishing:


I ended up with three that are long enough for doubling up, an…

? Final Tencel Cowl??

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After a bit of a break due to work schedules and family commitments, I'm back at the Baby Wolf weaving the third tencel scarf/cowl.  I did decide to to ahead with the blue ming, and I'm glad I did!



In real life, the weft color is more consistent - in these photos it almost looks a bit variegated.  Anyway, I sat down this morning at 9, planning on weaving a yard, or maybe a bit more, but I ended up stopping at 64 inches at 11:20!  I obviously have the pattern memorized, and to be truthful, I'm becoming quite bored with it and so am anxious to finish this warp.  If I can get my butt in gear this afternoon, I can most likely finish this piece, but I also brought the inkle loom downstairs to try to finish that warp as well.  I guess I will have to see which project pulls me to it more strongly.

The inkle warp isn't long enough for a fifth "nasty woman" band, so I'm thinking I am just going to try to weave "resist" and have a fob that is an easy-to-g…

More Tencel Cowls and a Bit of Political Fun

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When searching for my next weaving project, I found myself drawn to another batch of the network twill cowls like the ones I just finished, but in a different colorway.  My thinking was that the treadling pattern was fresh in my mind and would therefore facilitate a speedy weave.  I was partially correct, though I waited just a bit too long to start the project.  I'd forgotten most of the sequence, but relearned it much faster than the first time.

I wound a warp using Webs' 8/2 tencel in the Birch colorway, and I have to say, it is lovely!  There is almost a slight sparkle to it, which seems to give it some depth.  For the first cowl, I used black tencel, and really liked the results.



For the second cowl, I decided to try a variegated tencel, also from Webs, Iris Combo.  It is made up of black, royal blue and magenta, and seems really difficult to photograph.  I also changed the treadling a bit to adjust the curves.



I think I have enough warp left for one more scarf/cowl, and …

Sock E.R., and STELLA!!!

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As I sit at my computer, the snow from our almost-spring blizzard known as Stella has been falling since this morning, but is only now beginning to pick up the pace.  We are supposed to get 12-18 inches, which is better than the 12-20" they predicted a day or so ago, but really, who knows how much we'll get??  Not being a fan of winter, or snow storms in particular, you can only imagine my how happy I am about this latest weather event.  I am consoling myself with the knowledge that the sun is closer and thus warmer, and the days are longer too, so the snow should melt faster than with the previous blizzard.  We have filled up some containers with our well water, and we are both at home, so driving isn't an issue.

Last week I was at home and decided to finally measure warp for the second set of advancing twill scarves/cowls.  My little loom is upstairs in a spare bedroom, and the floors are covered with an area rug and some old pine flooring.  I was wearing one of my favo…

As Promised

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Here are some photos of the finished tablet-woven bands.  There were three in all, and they definitely improved in quality as I progressed.  Unfortunately, the first one was the one meant for my son, so it's full of mistakes and issues, but I just gave it to him yesterday, and he seemed pleased, or was, at least, too polite to say anything else!

Here are the three bands right after I cut them apart:



And after being clamped in the hardware:




I guess I will be listing the remaining two in my Etsy shop at some point.  I really like how they came out, and they feel very sturdy.  I think the next tablet weave will be a pattern of some sort, but I really need to prioritize my weaving time and make a list, so I can get back on track.

My, How Time Flies!

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Yet again, more time has elapsed between posts than I had planned on.  I guess my life is more busy than I suppose, and/or less interesting to others.

That very snowy week that we had certainly took a lot out of all of us!  We had 4 or 5 storms in a little over one week, and two of them were real whoppers.  The first one, which I think I already talked about a bit, was over 2 feet deep.  The second was about a foot.  Here's a photo of some of the snow that accumulated, along with some that was shovelled off of a relatively flat roof, taken at night on my cellphone as I came home from work.


That is our kitchen window over the counter tops you are looking at, and the pile is right next to our very narrow walkway to the garage.

Miraculously, we entered a very mild stretch after that memorable week, and we now have some grassy patches showing through on our property!  No fan of winter, this pleases me quite a bit.  I think this weekend we are plunging into some really cold temps, but …

Snowmageddon!!

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We are in the midst of a brutal blizzard that has been burying us with snow since 4 PM yesterday, so 9 hours. The winds are howling and the snow flying sideways.  It is supposed to last until 8 or 9 PM, with totals locally 18-24 inches are more.  I have to say, I am happy that I did not have to get to work this morning, though I am sure the roads will be a mess tomorrow as well.  The not-so-great news is that this is not the end of our unbelieveable week of snow.  We're supposed to get at least half of our yearly amount during this week alone!

Last Sunday, the ground was dry without a speck of snow.  We have had 5 storms since then, with another coming Wednesday into Thursday.

This photo was taken out my bedroom window yesterday morning, before the blizzard arrived, so the snow you see had fallen over the past 6 days, equaling ~15 inches.


Here are some taken this morning, blizzard still roaring;

Inside our den.  These windows are 5 feet off the ground, and as of now, the snow is a…

Slowly Moving Forward

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Since my last post I been making an effort to get to the loom, at least a little bit, every day I'm available here at home.  I'm also really trying to not feel pressured to reach a certain goal, or spend a certain amount of time weaving, but to weave until I just don't want to anymore.  I'm easily driven and competitive with myself, but that never leaves me feeling good about myself, so at least for now, I am trying to take my foot off the gas, just a bit.

Here is a photo of the finished tablet-woven band that was in progress last time:



I really enjoyed weaving this, and plan to keep exploring this craft.

The double-faced band project that I cut off the loom last time is still languishing but in the queue.  If you remember, there were terrible tension problems, some of my own making, and some because of the tension peg's ability to be pulled off parallel with the other pegs.  My hubby, ever the tinkerer, listened to my frustrations and saw the problem, thought a bi…

Tablet Woven Band

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After my last attempt at tablet weaving, following the samples in John Mullarkey's workshop DVD, I decided to try to weave a threaded-in design from his blog.  True to his information, the set-up took awhile, as each card has to be threaded individually, both in color and direction of the threading.  After tying on, the warp looked like a tangled mess.



Hard to believe that anything orderly could come from that!

I very carefully followed his draft, started weaving, and....failed miserably.  Instead of getting the white, snow-covered trees against a dark blue sky with yellow stars, I got misshapen dark blue trees with spots of yellow, against a white sky.  And because this is a threaded-in design, the opposite side of the band is not the exact opposite of the front.

So, I went through and changed the cards, one at a time.  Tried to weave again, and failed.  Now, I'm pretty hard on myself, and my gut said to walk away, cut if off, put tablet weaving in the "I can't do th…

This and That

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I've been moderately busy since the last post, weaving off the planned-for rug, and playing a bit with tablet weaving.

The rug was certainly a quick project, but it was fraught with indecision and uncertainty.  I had based my calculations on a similar project on Ravelry, which had 30% shrinkage.  I also messaged the weaver, who assured me that she did indeed have 30% in both length and width once the rug was completed.  I hemmed and hawed over the angle, wondering if it really would fit the space once the rug was off the loom.  I took a large piece of cardboard and cut it to fit the space, only to discover (er, remember) that not only would that not account for shrinkage, but that my big loom doesn't have a space over or under which I could hold the cardboard as a template - too many strings.  So I thought some more, did a bit more math, and came up with the brilliant deduction that a 45 degree angle should just entail decreasing in length at the same rate as in width - duh!  …