Category Archives: loom knitting

Happy Birthday to meeeeeeeeeee!

Happy Birthday

Check out this awesome purse I got for my birthday from my good friends Murr and Rocky! They got it from Amy at bandamy boutique . Amy is so talented. Go check out her boutique!!! I can only dream of making a purse this beautiful!

Purse from Murr

Thank you Murr and Rocky!!

My order from DALooms arrived on my birthday! What a nice treat! The looms are pictured with my new warp board for my weaving adventures!

Looms and Warp Board

Here is a picture of my latest yarn I’ll be using to warp soon!

Warp Yarn

I finished my first woven scarf! One thing I did learn right off the bat is….you MUST do math to weave! LOL My teachers and I didn’t do that well on our math for my first scarf project. My scarf ended up being 90 inches long, instead of 75! I am pleased as punch with it anyway! I’ve already got my second warp done and will be setting it up on the loom and I’ll be off and running on my second woven scarf. I measured twice this time!

1st Woven Scarf

 

 

 

 

Baby, I’m warped!

Such an exciting week! I finished the brocade baby sweater. It is pictured on my Sweet & Innocent doll by Lee Middleton Original Dolls. She is just beautiful with her new warm sweater on!

1st baby sweater

 

The shawl in the background is my own pattern (see comments for pattern), using yarn I purchased on ebay from The Spin Zone. She has lovely yarn! I have purchased from her twice, and have added her to my favorite sellers!

The most exciting news is….I took my weaving lesson! I had two teachers, who had never used the Ashford knitters loom. I think they had just as much fun as I did with the little loom. They taught me how to setup the warp, as I would set it up if I was warping one of the larger floor looms. Which is great, because I want to eventually weave on a floor loom also!

First Woven Scarf

I am in love with weaving on this loom! It is so relaxing, even more so than knitting! I should be finished with the weaving portion of the scarf later today. I will add fringe to each side and will proudly post a picture when it is complete! I can’t wait to start my next weaved scarf!

When I was at the weaving lesson, I was telling the teacher about my recent love of knitting, yarn and now my interest in weaving. She said to me “did you just retire?” I laughed and stated “well, I am semi-retired for the moment and am enjoying my newfound love of fiber arts to the fullest!”

I really don’t want to do the work I’ve spent the last 18 years, Information Systems, Network Engineer. I am so bored with everything there is to do with fixing and maintaining a computer/network.

I have a massive desire to open my own yarn store here in the valley. I’ve been doing research to see what all is involved with such a venture. I’m secretly hoping a venture capital god or goddess will swoop down upon me and grant my wish! Are you my hero? Contact me pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! A girl can dream!

Once you’ve warped, whats weft?

Tracking Where I’m at

Hubby and I survived the graduation and graduation party for son #2. We both were still fighting mono. We had a good time despite our illness! I spent a good part of the weekend weeping, especially after reading the calendar I wrote in every day of his first year of life. I remember when I started doing a daily note in the calendar that I thought the child would treasure it when he grew up. As I sat and read each note, it was overwhelming how much I treasure it!

Baby Calendar

Today is the first day in a week where I feel normal. Since we had company all weekend, and I wasn’t feeling great, I didn’t get a lot of knitting done, but I was able to complete one arm for the baby sweater! This is my first attempt at a sweater and its been really fun!

Baby Sweater #1

Pattern by Isela

I’ve found that if I make a Word table, I can track where I am in a repeating pattern easier. Here is an example:

Row/Pattern

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow is my class on the Ashford Knitting Loom! I can’t wait!!!

Laughter is the best medicine

Graduating son was kind enough to share mono with me, so I spent the day yesterday in bed, with absolutely no energy whatsoever! I did take the time to download a few new-to-me podcasts and had a great time listening to Marly’s Yarn Thing! What a hoot! I would just love to hang out with her and her friends! I just love listening to people laugh!

laughter

Thankfully my little Dell laptop still works, because after the podcast I went blog reading to all the links from all the podcasts I’ve joined. Okay, so now I am collecting not only yarn, looms, and books, but also podcasts and blogs! Life is good.

Thanks to Marly, I have another new favorite yarn online store. Check out LittleKnits! Some of the best yarn deals I’ve ever seen on the internet! Quality names you want and you can buy them in bags!!!!!! wooooooooooo hooooooooo!

Even though I had no energy, I did start my first baby sweater. It’s Brocade Baby Sweater from Isela’s new book “Loom Knitting Primer.” I received an email from my Aunt in Texas that announced my cousin’s new baby boy. Yahooo! I can knit baby stuff without getting evil glances from my not-yet-ready-for-parenthood sons!

I wanted to pass on a great tip I got from Marly’s podcast…I’m going to take my knitting books to Kinko’s and and have them rebound with wire binding so I can then lay the book flat while knitting! What a great idea!

Laughter is the best medicine

Feeling better today, thankfully! Party for graduating son is Sunday! I was afraid we were going to have to call it off with both myself and hubby sick. Party on!

 

Merry Christmas in May to meeeeeeee!!

Yahoo!! I am so excited! My order from Paradise Fibers arrived today!!! I am like a girl on Christmas day! I don’t know where to start. I’ve been just admiring it all for hours now!

Ashford Knitting/Weaving Loom

view a video on this loom at Ashford

Ashford Loom items

Ashford Loom

 

 

I can hardly stand how happy I am! I’ve already read the Ashford Book of Weaving for Knitters. It is full of ideas for making 25 different scarves, with yarns I already have in my stash! The manual that comes with the loom is awesome. Detailed instructions with step by step pictures! The loom is very light weight and you fold up the loom at anytime with your weaving in place and take it with you. SWOOOOOON!!!!

Drop Spindle Kit

A wonderful introduction to hand spinning! Making your own yarn from scratch. It will be such a thrill to complete my first spun wool!

Drop Spindle Kit

 

I finished the first section of my baby blanket! No grandchildren in sight yet, but I will be a prepared Grandma when the time comes!!

baby blanket section 1

 

What a great day!!!!

Off the Loom!

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Aspen Bag pattern by Isela

decoraccentsinc.com/loomknit_patterns_pg2.html

Aspen Bag

 

Waves of Lace Shawl

Pattern by Lisa

http://www.loomknittingdesigns.com/

 

 

Booga bag

Satchel Purse

 

Warm Poncho

Waves of Lace Shawl

Well, I haven’t worked on anything this week other than the Waves of Lace Shawl designed by Lisa Sawyer. This stitch is fantastic and it is turning out so beautiful! I’m about half way done. I am using Sinfonia yarn, which is very easy to work with. The picture below is a close up. Check out that stitch! WOW!!!

Waves of Lace Shawl close up

Check out Lisa’s blog for this pattern! You won’t be sorry you did! http://www.loomknittingdesigns.com/