Finished: Gray Triloom Shawl

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I never did post the final picture of this 7' triloom shawl I finished back in November, so here it is now. It was woven using the continuous bias method, which creates a soft looking, pretty weave. The yarn was Manos Maxima, and I over-purchased the amount because I couldn't do the math right on the spot while standing in the store. That's why I had enough for the simple gray scarf I just finished, and another skein for a future project. So let that be a lesson to you: if you make a mistake with your weaving calculations, try to over do it, especially if the yarn is Manos Maxima. 😉

I had some trouble finishing the shawl. The yarn was so soft and light that it didn't felt evenly, and I had to try twice–the first time hand washing with warm water and the second with hot–before I was content with the look and feel. 

Diamond Table Runner and Comfy Throw


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Finished: the 7.5" x 16" table runner, woven with two heddles. Just big enough for a super small table or a mat underneath a lamp and telephone (which is where this one is living for now). I was thrilled to use two heddles and can't wait for the next project. This one involved embroidery thread and I used the Diamonds pattern from The Weaver's Idea Book. Very fun indeed. I don't even mind the bumpy edges (strange, I've read about this thing called a floating selvedge and yet never thought it would be something I need someday…).

Also finished: the shawl, poncho, throw-type weaving. It measures 17.5" x 60". I should have been about 6" longer, but I ran out of the Caron Simply Soft and was too impatient to buy some more. It's plenty long, however, and after knotting the fringes and trimming them to about 4", I called it done. It's now flung over the top of a chair. The pattern gives it a rustic look and I'm pleased with it.

The cat picture has a story. She suddenly flung herself onto the throw and skidded to the edge of the table. I snapped the picture just as she turned, shot across to the other side, jumped into her little basket, and skidded over the other edge where she landed on the ground. We think she was embarrassed.

First weaving: shawl


After finishing a small sample with my new 19″ Glimakra Emilia, I warped the entire width using Berroco Vintage. I used the direct warping method and the warping peg. Stretching from the back of my loom to the opposite side of my workspace gave me a 91″ warp–probably a little short for a shawl but an okay length for the likes of me. When I want a longer warp, I’ll have to move my loom into the dining room.


I used blues and browns, maybe finding some inspiration in the robin’s nest outside our door. Or maybe because I like blues and browns. (Pretty much everything I make is either blue or brown!)


The warping took about an hour and used up about 500 yards of yarn. I was a little worried, having only about 200 yards of blue left, and with good reason. By the time I ended the weaving, I only had about one yard of blue remaining. That’s cutting it close! Here’s a little video of the shawl coming off the loom:


I’m pleased with my first effort. My selvedges are okay for a first project, I think. I was going for a balanced weave, but when I measured a square inch here and there, I always came out with 10 warp strands to about 7 or 8 weft, so the shawl is a little heavier than I planned. I now know if I want a lighter shawl, I’ll need to use a little bit thinner yarn. It does drape nicely, though, and it’s warm.


Now, I need to think about finishing. I braided one side, but I don’t like it much, so I’m considering unbraiding them and just cutting it to about a 3″ fringe. I also want to hand wash it and press it to see what it looks like all finished. The beginning of a piece (warping, sleying, etc.) and the ending (braiding, washing, pressing) take as long as the weaving!



Authentic Knitting Board Projects

Here are the two projects I finished for Christmas presents. The first is a simple ribbed scarf made on the 10" AKB. I used Cascade Vintage yarn, about 1.5 skeins. The entire project went fairly quick since there aren't any tricky patterns to follow, just a ribbed wrapping. I used three washers as spacers on the board to keep the stitches a little snug. After it was finished, I hand washed and blocked it, and the scarf "grew" about half a foot, which was just what I hoped.

The second project was a shawl, made with a worsted weight, hand dyed wool/bamboo blend. I had purchased about 600 yards and used most of it. I followed the pattern for Faith Schmidt's Lacey Scarf pattern, found on the AKB site, and the 28" board. I used 51 pegs and repeated the pattern five times. For this shawl, I put the spacers at the 1" width, and I knitted two sides, then sewed them together. If I had to do this over, I would shrink the width to 41 pegs, make it one piece, and add an additional 6" or so. I did block it with an iron and spritzes of water from a spray bottle. I didn't want to tackle washing and blocking it so close to Christmas in case I had a disaster on my hands. 
It was fun to make projects with these boards. I've already started a third project, this time for me.

Triloom Shawl

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My first "real" project from my 24" Hideaway Homestead triangle loom is this shawl. I wove nine individual triangles and then joined them together to create a shawl that is roughly 5.5' across. I used my Berocco Colors (herb garden) and came close to using both of my two skeins.

At first, the joining of all those edges made me a little uneasy. I'm a novice crocheter, but I found that simply looping one side to the other was easy. The only area I messed up was the junctions of three triangles; those sections got a little bunchy.

Once I finished joining all the tris, I used a tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I then had to decide how I wanted to finish the edges, and decided that easy was best. I did a single crochet around the entire edge, but worked in a strand of yarn to give it a little more definition.

I've never blocked anything yet that I've made, so I was a little nervous to wash this and block it. Thankfully, it was easy, and it gave the shawl a nice, clean look. I washed it in the bathtub with a tablespoon of Ecover wash for delicates, and then I rolled it in a towel to get most of the moisture out of it. I then put a blanket and towel down on my bed and pinned it into place. It dried very quickly, within a few hours, and now I own a pretty shawl.

Coming soon: pictures of the finished shawl!

Santa visited a little early this year…


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…and look what he left for me!

It's a two foot triangle loom from Hideaway Homestead. A few weeks back, I knew I'd end up with a triangle loom, but just like I always do, I decided to try to make one myself, even after the mess I made trying to create a 4" square loom. This time, though, I decided I'd try it with cardboard. It doesn't cost a thing, and believe it or not, talented people can actually make looms out of cardboard and then create lovely shawls with them.

I'm a not one of those talented people. My loom looked okay, but I didn't have any pins so I decided to cut notches on the top, or the hypotenouse. Believe it or not, this worked, but it made the weaving so slow that after a few hours, I gave up, and followed the sage advice my dear husband had given me after he stopped laughing when I showed him my failed 4" square loom… "Leave it to the professionals."

So, I emailed Hideaway Homestead, an off-the-grid loom maker from Arizona, on Friday evening, ordering their 24" loom from Etsy. And guess what? I was opening the box on Tuesday morning! Hooray!

My loom is lovely. The pins are straight and the oak is smooth. The two foot size is just large enough to weave a triangle in about 30 minutes, plus you don't need an easel. And, just like the 4" Hazel Rose Multiloom, I find I can do one short project and then turn around and begin another right after. There's no setting-aside-to-finish-later-which-turns-into-a-year-later syndrome, if you follow me.

Last night, I finished two test triangles, one in an older Yarn Bee blue I had lying around, the other in Lion Brand Homespun. If these had fringes, they'd make cute shawls for dolls.

Because the loom was so economically priced, I was also able to saunter into my favorite yarn store and purchased $20 of stunning yarn, Berroco Peruvia Colors in Herb Garden. My plan is to weave about nine tris and stitch them together for a shawl. I'll then felt it a little, but I'm going to do a test one first to see how much it'll felt.

Merry Christmas!

Finished: shawl


Last night I finished knitting this little shawl on the yellow Knifty Knitter.I used the pattern I listed below in a previous posting, by Rostitchery. Although I had some trouble decreasing, in the end, it turned out. Rowena had instructions to put the last loop on the near peg and KO. Then, wrap that “new” last peg, KO, and continue on down the row. I found this made the edge tight, not loopy like on my increase side. To try to make it match a little more, I would do just as she said by pulling the last loop to the second-to-last peg and KO. Then I would double wrap that final peg, knit 2-over-1, and continue down the row. Because the yarn is bulky and also varies in thickness, it passes just fine.

I used Moda Dea Cache in Tootsie, about 2.5 skeins. This is not a favorite yarn of mine. In fact, I bought it for $1/skein at Goodwill months ago. It makes a cute shawl, though!

My only thought on this shawl is whether or not is should be blocked. It fits snugly around the shoulders, and I like it that way, so I don’t think I will, but we’ll see.

This is a fast project to knit. I estimate it took me about five hours total.

Shawl Woes

I’ve been making this pretty little shawl from Rostitchery’s blog:

However, I’ve encountered a problem. The first edge of the “V” has a loopy edge, made by how I interpreted her directions to skip one peg, knit the last peg, and then do a full row back. I have a funny feeling I shouldn’t have done it quite that way; however, I’m stuck with it. It looks nice.

But now I’m starting back up the opposite side of the “V” and I’m decreasing a peg each time. Instead of that nice loose edge, I have a normal edge. Hmmmm… I’m trying to figure out how to add an extra loop on this side of the shawl.

I’ve been using some of my stash of $1 Moda Dea Cache (Twinkle). I think I’ll end up using approximately 125 yards, or 2.5 skeins. Photos to come.