Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lucky 13 shuttles

I decided to utilize ALL the shuttles I had on hand, which added up to be 13.  I divided it almost in half of dark and light yarn and then I have been randomly using rotating through the darks and lights.  I think it looks better with more colors!  There are more pinwheels popping out.

I tried following the colors in a specific order, starting at the right but it didn't seem to make a difference one way or another.  I think the thing that makes it look better is the amount of colors available to rotate through.  I still want to try the original pattern that my friend used though.  I'll get this part long enough to call it a towel after it's been washed and then I will re-tie up the treadles.  Or maybe I'll aim for more of the half way point because I do like what I'm seeing now!  Here's the other pattern I want to try:

This other pattern allows less "plain weave" in-between the pinwheels that exist in the pattern I'm using now.  I think that might make a difference because the colors are chunked together in a more solid form.  I still like the original project more though!  I think I might just be getting a bit tired of my usual colors.

Oh, and this little one is starting to scoot around!

Monday, July 28, 2014

close, closer, and closest

 Good news!  The more I weave, the more I like these towels!

They play tricks on your eyes.  Sometimes you can't always see a pinwheel, but if you look at it differently, like closer or further away, you can see them.  They kind of pop out after awhile!  It's pretty neat.  And colorful!  I have to admit, I like the original pattern I saw more, but this isn't bad for just using what I had on hand.  I'm not one to go out and buy a bunch of yarns for a project... right now anyway.  Maybe someday!

Also, it's good to note that the original design was woven in a slightly different pinwheel pattern.  Once I finish this particular pattern, I might try the same pattern my friend tried.  It might make all the difference and I might be even closer to matching it.  Also, the original design weft followed the same warp color order.... which also might make a difference, but that's an awful lot of thought to put towards it. I'm kind of enjoying this "winging it" thing.  But, if I don't follow the "rules" then I can't complain, right?

But for now, I'm certainly enjoying these towels in this pattern and these colors!

And now, some of David's very first trip this month to see his grandparents in Washington State!  I was brave enough to board a plane all by myself and the baby for both directions!  He did such a good job... slept nearly the whole time and flirted the rest of the time!  David met his great grandparents for the first time on this trip, as well as all his cousins, aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, and he got to see his grandparents for a second time.  Not only did he ride on the airplane for the first time, but he also got to ride on an escalator for the first time, enjoy time by the lake for the firs time, and sleep in his daddy's old crib and room!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Everything but the sink... I mean pink

So far, I'm not putting much thought into the color rotations, mainly because the baby has sucked my brains dry right now, and I just don't want to put a lot of thought into it anyway.  I just like the whole free-range weaving theory... just let it go.  "Light, dark, light, dark" is all I'm working about right now!  It's summer-time weaving... my favorite season!  Although I'm not sure I told you the good news yet!  I'm going back part-time next school year.  I am going to job share with another teacher who also had a son 6 days before me, and she too named her son David!  What a small world!  We also went to the exact same university at the exact same time!  She's also from Arizona, and her mom and my mom have the same first names.  I'm sure there's more, but we'll have to discover it as we go along.  Anyway, I will work 2 days, and she'll work 2 days.  It will be WONDERFUL!  I can already tell by my stress levels being so much lower than usual.  And if it works well this year, we might be able to pull it off again next year if we want to!

I can't say I have fallen in love with it at first sight like I do with some of my other weaving, but it's neat looking and I do like it!  It's just not quite what I thought it would look like at this pint, but it will probably grow on me after I get going in my color rotations. For starters, I only wound 6 bobbins to get going, but if I had all 18 colors, things would probably be different.

For right now, I'm starting and stopping the colors at the edges.  For lights, it's on the left and for darks, it's on the right.  I'm leaving tails, and it's not because I know what I'm going to do with them yet, but because I don't want to tuck them in and have my weaving grow more on the sides and less in the middle.  With this many color changes, the weaving could quickly grow U-shaped if I tuck in each end at the start and stop. I'm thinking I can either weave them in by hand later, or cut them off completely, or serge all 4 sides and turn them under, or serge all 4 sides and sew on a light binding.  For now, I figure there's plenty of time to worry about it later!

And now, some time with David!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Published again!

This is from the Sept/Oct 2014 Handwoven magazine!  I love getting articles in it!

It's on pg 20 and 21!  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chores first, fun second

One thing I learned right away when utilizing nap time is this: always put chores first and then fun second.  And when putting chores first, that means washing all the dirty bottles before doing any other chore to get them ready for the next feeding... because it could be any second!  And at this age, it seems as if it's hourly during the day.  So bottles first, then other chores, THEN the fun!

And we're having some fun today!  I am at the jumping off point... that fun point right at the beginning where you're not quite sure if this is going to work or not, where you're hoping for the best, but bracing yourself for the worst, and also that point where you are so excited you don't have a single ounce of being tired of the project yet!  That's where I am right now...

 And now for some more fun time!

We love reading time with David!  We try to do this every single day, no matter what.  So far, we have accomplished doing this almost every day!  Brian loves reading Dr. Seuss to David!  I enjoy reading longer books to him, like chapter books.  I find that the flow of language is a lot better than the board books, although we always throw in 2-3 board books a day on top of our two chapters in the chapter book because we thinkthe rhyming is enjoyable to him. 

Even if he never becomes a reader for fun, my long term goals are more focused on having him read at or above grade level and also being able to give a summary of events that happened in the story.  I'm also looking forward to the future when he picks out his own books and crawls right into my lap for reading time!  Right now he sits quietly and listens.  His whole body gets quiet while he studies the pictures and listens to the story.  It's pretty amazing to see!  My favorite books so far are called the Great Illustrated Classics, which have text on one side and a picture on the other side throughout the whole book.  I'm glad to see our local library has nearly the entire collection of these books.  This week, we are reading "Swiss Family Robinson."  I'm sure someday David will love to read it again and again, and maybe build a tree house to enjoy like the family in the book!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

18 colors

You know me, I love colors!!!

I'm a color mixer!  I have a hard time settling for just a few!

Speaking of colors, we had fun with the RGB LEDs and the arduino prototype the other day during tummy time... however, I learned REAL quick that tummy time and electronics may not mix too well!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Completely pinkless dishtowels

A friend of mine contacted me and asked me if I wanted some of her baby things from her baby boy.  She was done having kids and her son is now 3.  I said sure!  She came over and filled my living room with goodies!  I have clothes for little David from now until he is 3 years old!  And all the clothes are in such great condition and look hardly worn.  She also brought toys and little jumpers and walkers for David to sit in!  It was like Christmas in summer!  To think my friend, I wanted to make her some dishtowels and I knew that she liked colors, but she told me that she absolutely, positively, without a shadow of doubt hates, despises, and avoids the color pink and any shade of pink what-so-ever in every situation.  Well, it was a good thing I asked because I almost gave her that pink scarf I just made that has all those shades of pink in them!! 

Awhile back, a friend on ravelry posted this project on ravelry.  When I saw it, I was taken back by how colors and wonderful it was!  Several years later, I have never forgotten it either!  I messaged her on ravelry and asked her for some tips and hints.  She basically just took lights and darks and made stirpes in her warp.  I thought to myself, that simple?!  And you know me, I pretty much just work from my stash, so all the colors I have picked are from things I have in 12/2 cotton.  To me, the mesh of colors never looks that great together at first, but it always works out in the end.  There are several projects I have done that used all these same colors and they all look good eventually when the weft comes in!  Someday when I run out of yarn (will that ever happen?!) I'm not sure what I'll do without my usual colors!

And here is the little guy!  He sure is growing fast!

Friday, July 18, 2014

baby blues

Today's color is... BLUE!

Look at all those blues!

 I also finished crocheting another kitty... one in BLUE and one in green!

Now we have a family of 4 kitties!

They really do multiply fast!

Wait a minute... one of these things is not quite like the other...

Mr. Gnome, how did you get there?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


 Here are the bloomers!  I used the big butt pants pattern made by Rae... but I made them into shorts with elastic at the legs.

 The back:

When next to each other, the pants appear like they will be too big, but I'm not really sure how all this will fit as a set.  The dress was marked as 12 months while the pants are 6-12 months... so hopefully it will all work out ok.  If they stick out the bottom of the dress, that is ok.  Also, I know from experience that the diaper part takes up a lot of space and should pull the pant length up quite a bit... probably to the knees at least, but I'm not sure where the dress will fall.

No matter how they fit together, they turned out so cute! I know for sure that they will be loved and worn, even if it's not together as a set!  :)

In other news, David is babbling A LOT!  He loves talking to black kitty!  Here he is telling black kitty some elaborate story!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Go Huskies!

David's cousin, who is 5 months older, lives in Seattle and I have been making her clothing during David's nap time.  Usually I make things that I've already made for David and know the pattern really well, however, I really wanted to make her a little jumper so I had to find a new pattern.  This pattern came from here.  I'm using the 12 month pattern so it will definitely fit by the time I ship it!

up close of front:

I used music fabric for the top because her dad (Brian's brother) went to the University of Washington to study music.  Brian's mom and I have secretly been planning this project.  I couldn't find the fabric in this area, so she went shopping in Washington and shipped it to me!

I still want to make some little bloomers in matching fabric to go underneath it!  I hope she likes them!

And now, a little bit o' David!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

David (and friends)

Another kitty is done!  I made this one during several of David's nap times.  It is a black kitty made from Red Heart polyester yarn and an H crochet hook.  At first I was afraid the stuffing would show through horribly, but I didn't pack it tight and you can't see it!  I also sewed little pouches to hold the plastic beads that are in the hands, feet, and bottom of the kitty so they won't fall out the crochet holes and get eaten by a little guy!  Overall it made for a much better kitty than the pink one.  It's more flexible and soft.  I hope David will enjoy the crocheted kitties for many years to come!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In the summer, in the desert

Daily walks are included here!  Before this little guy was born, I would exercise anywhere form 4-6 miles daily.  And I never stopped!  I swear this is what made my recovery from the c-section go so well.

Here are just a few of the things we need to survive a walk in the desert.  It's only 6:30 in the morning, but notice we have the umbrella for shade in this desert heat.  It is also wind-proof up to 55 miles an hour... which really is a concern here!  It's an amazing object and now that I've experienced it, I'm not sure how I did without it.  I have yet to try it out in the rain though! The pants and socks are to shade the baby's feet and legs from the sun... because really, I can't see his feet very easily to make sure they're covered all the time.  Also, we have a water pack that holds my 2 liters of water, plus a bottle for the baby and a bag of formula  and a diaper... because you never know when or where you will need those things.  Furthermore, the baby carrier equipped with a binkie on a ribbon for just in case.  And lastly, Australian sunscreen for super sensitive skin that has absolutely no smell and you can't even feel it on you.  And that friends is how you dress for success in the summer, in the desert.

After our walk, we usually come inside and play before nap time!  I love how giggly David is getting during play time.  I made him a crochet cat the other day after seeing some online.  They are so much fun!  The pattern is from Hello My Name is Amineko and it's a very easy pattern to make.  I tried it first with pink yarn and a small crochet hook, but the cat is pretty stiff so next time I might try a bigger hook.  David loves his kitty and loves cooing at it and talking to it!  Too bad it's pink though... that's all I had on hand.  I'll have to search around for some other more "boy" colors!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


 oooooh!  aaahhh!!

The experiment of 2/2 twill hounds tooth woven in worsted weight polyester yarn worked out so well!  The weave is so incredibly stable!

I think I will do it as a blanket in doubleweave...  in black and white!

Now I just need to figure out the doubleweave pattern!

And to go with that snazzy scarf, here is a new outfit for a great day out on the town!

I made all of these things this week while the little guy napped! 

I love sewing for him!  He's like a real live doll to play with!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The lure of hounds tooth

I don't really know what the lure is of hounds tooth, but it is a really neat classic design!  I feel like I have definitely woven my share of it!

Right now I am working on a 2/2 twill hounds tooth scarf in worsted weight yarn sett at 8 epi.  I am hoping to get a feel for what a doubleweave blanket would look like woven in similar yarn (maybe different colors...).  What I really like the most about this weave is how sturdy it feels compared to the 8-shaft version with floats that are 4 threads long.  The 8-shaft version feels so flimsy and the yarn can catch on rings, zippers, or other things.  As 2/2 twill, the longest floats are only 2 threads long, and I really like how solid it is weaving up. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

no more

Before the baby was born, I had several weaving jobs lining up, with more potential on the way.  Baby wraps were popular, woven stuffed animals, and people wanting dishtowels.  I have had a lot of random people contact me for work, and I used to take every job I could find and think I was pretty lucky for having it.  However, right before the baby was born, I became completely burned out on weaving.  Partly it was my hands going numb from the water weight, but it was also because all I was weaving were things for other people, and not from inside my own head and heart.  And the money was only somewhat enjoyable.  I have decided to weave only for myself now and limit the jobs I take on.

Also, another change that I have noticed in myself lately is that my warps are a lot shorter.  When I would have put a 7-8 yard dishtowel warp on, now I'm choosing 3 yards and making fewer.  This is partly because my time is more limited, and also my attention span seems to have changed.  I keep getting such great ideas that I want to act upon, and if I have too much on my loom, it's frustrating.  This current warp for hounds tooth is only 3 yards, and it is a perfect size!  I've already planned 4 other projects while weaving it!  Every project I do seems to multiply as I weave it!

This little guy keeps me so busy! And it's so worth it!