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A Good Yarn / Re: Ploshkin - Weaving Along
« on: Today at 13:54:51 »
@Celia at the moment I'm just experimenting with the process as another string to my bow and another technique to learn on my loom.  I've also been a bit put off band weaving not knowing what I would do with them - there's only so many guitar straps one can use ( zero in my case as I don't have a guitar.  :)) Its like people who get a lathe and say they'll
 be able to make chair legs!  Thats why I got the heddle rather than buying an inkle loom that most likely wouldn't get used much.
I always like to make things that are useable or wearable and occasionally decorative for a specific location.  I'm thinking that woven bands could possibly be used on clothing and I would like to be able to weave to make garments.  Even then a bit tricky because I tend to wear quite plain garments, I'm not in to frills and frippery.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 24th October
« on: Today at 11:36:18 »
Good's dark, dismal and wet here.  I did the outside necessaries first thing and I'm staying dry indoors now.  I've put a fruity malt loaf to do in the breadmaker and I'm carrying on with my experimental band weaving ( as reported yesterday on my weaving thread).  I think it's improving, its certainly not getting worse which ie encouraging.  That's about it really.  I have got a pair of jeans cut out for the Autumn 3 piece but haven't started sewing yet.
Have a good day everyone, I hope all the poorly folk will begin to feel a bit brighter  :flower:

Many happy returns  :toast:

@Acorn I find a lot of places round here don't open on a Monday or only do a half day on Saturday.
 Thought the Welsh Quilt Centre had closed about 2 years ago!  I have never been there.

A Good Yarn / Re: Ploshkin - Weaving Along
« on: Yesterday at 15:40:12 »
@Celia I've been playing with the Sunna heddle.
It's starting to not look too bad now I have found a rhythm but I think I spent the first hour doing more unweaving than weaving, which isn't easy with a pick up pattern.
It was a bit challenging warping a floating heddle but I made a device to hold it upright.  I have fortuitously found that my small loom sits nicely on top of the Schacht with the back notches on the back cross beam and the front against the front cross beam so it means I can sit at the stand.
Here is my first attempt at its current stage - the really ropey bit is wound onto the cloth beam so you can't see it.
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« on: October 22, 2021, 12:41:46 PM »
Idleness @Flobear I I can't be bothered with a 5th needle.  I keep losing one anyway.

« on: October 22, 2021, 11:11:24 AM »
Yes, it would have a plain sole and toe.  I've just about convinced myself to start again.  Usually, if I'm wavering about something, I ditch it.

« on: October 22, 2021, 09:45:40 AM »
This is the beginning of my next sock.  I wanted a textured pattern because the yarn is plain coloured (slightly mottled with a very few black flecks)
I really don't love it and I think they will end up looking like bedsocks. I may well go back to the drawing board and go for something plainer like a rib.
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Today... One thread per day / Re: FrFrFrFriday 22nd October
« on: October 22, 2021, 09:05:16 AM »
Good morning.  It's really quite a pleasant morning here in the wild west.  No sun but it's dry and not cold.
Today I'm meeting up with a friend for the first time in nearly 3 years.  We worked together for 21 years and were partners in crime.  I don't do Facebook so we usually try and have an occasional catch up but of course covid has got in the way.  She's coming on the train so  I will pick her up at the station (think Fried Green Tomatoes).  I'm really looking forward to it  :). I will have a sore throat by the end of the day.
Have a good day everyone.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 21st October 2021
« on: October 21, 2021, 19:54:34 PM »
Ooh poor you @Starryfish stay on the sofa and enjoy your fish and chips.  :hug:

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 21st October 2021
« on: October 21, 2021, 19:52:34 PM »
Please tell me what you've all been up to the relevant threads ... It seems very quiet out there lately.

Being a working girl you may have missed the final outcome of the surprise birthday gift that you sent me last year.  I hope you didn't think it was languishing forgotten in a cupboard.
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Alterations Advice Please / Re: The Mending Thread
« on: October 21, 2021, 13:53:56 PM »
I currently have a pair of shorts, with a tear in the backside, acting as a dust cover for my Featherweight.  I won't be wearing them until next summer so there's no rush  :)

A Good Yarn / Re: Beaded Lace Wedding Shawl
« on: October 21, 2021, 13:49:04 PM »
That is amazing, you must be so pleased to get to the end. 
How do the beads get on to the yarn while you are knitting?

A Good Yarn / Re: Circular Knitting Needle Question
« on: October 21, 2021, 13:45:10 PM »
@Catllar  magic loop is the answer.  You don't have to have the correct sized cable, you can knit any sized tube on a long cable - the excess cable sticks out in a loop each side of the knitting and you pull the cables through the stitches when you reach the loop.
That's as clear as mud.  If you like videos there are lots showing you how to do it.  If you prefer written instructions there is a tutorial that I put on here in the tutorials section.

Additionally, you can get shorter interchangeable needles which make it easier to knit narrower tubes.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 21st October 2021
« on: October 21, 2021, 09:45:00 AM »
Good morning.  It was very cold first thing, I needed gloves for the first time in ages.  There were some serious gusts of wind in the early hours but it's moved on somewhere.  It was showery and sunny while I was out and I've never seen so many rainbows - I think we saw 7.
Today is phase 2 of bringing sheep back home in readiness for dipping next week.  We got all the ewe lambs back yesterday and the hogs are coming back today.  Hopefully I will get the opportunity to do something else like pin my pattern pieces on the fabric even if it doesnt get cut out today.  That's the beauty of being able to  have my cutting table out, I don't need to get it cleared away for something else  :)
Have a good day everyone.

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