Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Waves and Water

I have almost finished twisting fringe on the last set of scarves....one more to go....and then I will be wet finishing them and hopefully getting some pictures taken:) Thank you for the comment on my last post, Susan:) I always feel like I don't get anything done......I only have about three hours to 'work' at night when my son goes to bed. I am thankful that during the day, when we are together, there are 'down times' when I can get to the computer to do some research, work on patterns, update the blog/website, and all of that fun stuff.....usually about 15 minutes tops;) ! There are days that go by so quickly.....he is wonderful for keeping me 'ever busy'! :)

Tonight the plan is to wind a warp for the Waves and Water shawls. I have been working on these for quite some time now and can't wait to see how they turn out. I have decided on a two tone blue for the warp. As far as the weft is concerned, I have only picked black and am going to have to go through the stash to see what other colors I have that will work.....this will depend on how long the warp is going to be for these. I am thinking a maximum of three. I am planning for these shawls to be 18" wide and about 75" to 80" long with fringe. Nice and long for a great wrap:)
Oooooooh!!! This is an addendum to the above.....after I posted, I went back to take a look at the picture in the blog. Do you see the break in the 'wave'? Oh my gosh!!! I have been scratching my head for a little over an hour trying to make this work. I was having one heck of a time getting it to 'not break' like that to get some flow.....I certainly don't want to not have flow in this shawl!!! I started doing some research on progressing twills to find out what in the world I could be doing wrong. I grabbed my original graph paper with this twill on it and it hit me at once. I had changed the 'tie up' so that another pattern that I was using this same tie up for would not have floats 7 threads long. This made the twill unbalanced......THAT'S why the pattern was showing up with a skip in it. Phew! I quickly changed the tie up to a balanced one that I had created and no have this as my final decision.

Could you imagine I wove the shawls then noticed? I would have been devastated!!!
In the picture above, the twill on the left is balanced and the twill on the right is modified from the balanced twill but, is not balanced itself. In trying to use the unbalanced twill (right) I could not make the pattern 'wrap' properly, which made the break in the wave.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Scarves of Many Colors and Twitter

I went with a gold weft for the network draft and a turquoise for the progressing twill. I'm pretty happy with the way these have been coming along and hope to have them off of the loom very soon so that I can start my next project, which will be a Water and Waves Shawl that I have had planned for quite some time now.
I have to say too that I just love to weave on Isaac (the Megado) it is so smooth and rhythmic that I can't imagine ever weaving on another loom. :)
Hey.....is anyone out there on Twitter? I just signed up because of weavecast.......which I love! I really enjoy the network of online weavers available and have tried to use every possible social network that my time will allow. Twitter is pretty easy....you just post a brief 'what you are doing now' . Kinda cool, I guess. Well, if anyone is on twitter, I'm ShanonRK......because Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio wouldn't fit........it's a looooooong name;)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!!! I hope you all had a wonderful time with your families on this special Holiday;) We spent the end of the day with my Mother's side of the family watching a movie called Marley and Me. I'm not much of a movie watcher but, this movie was wonderful!!! I came home and hugged my doggie;) A sure watch for everyone!

I would also like to thank everyone for leaving such wonderful comments on my scarves:) It's so inspiring to read all of your blogs and I really appreciate that you take the time to look at mine......and then leave such great comments. I get all buttered up and want to weave weave weave:) I honestly don't know what we would all do without the Internet.....I mean......it's so great to just browse others blogs and projects;) So, here is the second scarf....the same peg plan using a black weft.
And a close up of the detail.
Ok....I have a question.....I think we have all woven something that we are a little disappointed in, right? You get it off the loom, look at it, and then decide that there are a thousand things you could have done to make it better. With weaving, it's not like we can 'undo it' so.....what do you do with those pieces?
:)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Diamond Scarves

I FINALLY got the bookmarks off of Isaac (the Megado!) and I'm really glad that I wove them on there as a 'starter' project and to make sure everything was in tip top shape. I counted out enough ends for four scarves in a silver/grey tencel in 8/2 to start my first set of scarves. I'm actually using the same tie up as I was using for the bookmarks but will be using a different peg plan for the scarves. The first one I came up with was just woven as drawn in. Some of the floats were a little too long so I changed the tie up slightly.
This picture is just to give the 'idea'.
Here is the progress. I'm planning two with this pattern.....the yellow here and another in black. Then I'm going to change to the other peg plans for the turquoise and gold.

The fun thing about being home with Jeremiah is that I get to watch him grow and find interests. He thinks he 'fixes' my looms for me by moving the springs that aren't in use on the Isaac and pretending to tighten bolts on Kip. He is always kind in asking me, "Better Mom?" and I always thank him. He has also taken a liking to yahoo games and will sit and go through game after game clicking away. Since Kip (the Compact) is right next to the computer, I threw an alpaca/silk warp on and have been weaving this while he plays games......and I get to keep an eye on what he's doing:)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Meet Kip

Diana went home. As much as we had our ups and downs (Diana and I), I do have to say that Leclerc and their customer service is absolutely phenomenal!!! I knew it was going to be a road trip to bring her back and was sure that I really should get something to go in her place. I thought for some time and ended up going with something that would work better for doing demonstrations and to bring along to 'weaving functions'. I decided on a Leclerc Compact so, I called my darling sister-in-law and we hopped in her car with my nephew and off we were!

Jaime was wonderful during picture taking time. She is always one to be counted on for new 'Vogue-like' poses. Here she is with the famous 'not now I have no make up on paparazzi' pose.


Here is my favorite little nephew showing Auntie what he is going to be doing the whole trip. Watching the best movie in the whole world (to him) Cars!!! Check out those eyes!!!!!

Who sleeps like this?! :)

So, the next thing to do is name the loom. Jaime says, "So what are you going to name this one?" Now, if anyone knows the story behind Ishmael and Isaac and knows the story behind the whole Diana (Ishmael) and Megado (Isaac), you know that these looms apparently live up to their names. I said after a long pause, "I don't know." Jaime then said about the funniest thing I have ever heard in my entire life........"How about Kip!"