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Soo I wove a scarf the other day. I had it all done in a single day within a couple of hours. Weaving is hella fast.

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Yarn: leftovers from the Green Dragon Sweater and some recycled wool tweed, tripled
Loom: Easy Weaver
Reed: Uh, the one that it comes with. I think it’s 6 dpi?

It’s done in plain tabby weave because that’s what I like to do. I imagine I’ll eventually get bored with tabby and want to do something more ambitious with pick up sticks and lace or whatever, but for the time being, tabby weave is exactly the speed I want.

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The scarf came out a wee bit shorter than I wanted, but that’s what happens when you don’t measure the warp at all. And yes, I know how to measure the warp, I just don’t because I’m lazy and I don’t know the yardage of most of my yarn anyway. Winging it works for me.

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The scarf is destined for the gift box that I am totally starting despite the fact that I don’t actually give that many gifts. Maybe I’ll start. For some people, anyway. Special people. Very special people.

I made some towels. Plain weave cause that’s how I do.

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Yarn: Recycled cotton/acrylic. And there’s some recycled mercerized cotton in there too.
Loom: Vergere
Reed: 5.5 dpi

Super simple. Zigzagged the edges and sewed them down, just like the previous set. I love the color combination. There are three total. I really ought to start making them in lighter weights, but I just have so much worsted/dk weight cotton and I want to use it up. Eventually I’ll make some lighter ones. Maybe. Worsted weight is just so fast

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Whoo, towels.

I made another set of towels/dishcloths. They’re pretty fast and easy so I can see myself making a lot of them. Plus it’s a great way to use up cotton yarn.

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Yarn: Bernat Handcrafter Cotton and Sugar and Cream. Plus a little bit of recycled cotton tape yarn.
Loom: Vergere (the Bergere loom, named Vergere cause I’m a big nerd)
Dent: my 5.5 dpi reed

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These are finished with a really simple hem. I just zigzagged the raw edges, folded then over and zigzagged them down, and ran a straight seam across the fold. Easy peasy. I did have some serious tensioning issues though and I had to do a bunch of them more than once.

After hemming, most of these came out shorter than I wanted. Next time I’ll do a longer warp and think beforehand how long I want them to be before just cutting the fabric in half. I’m still very new at weaving, but this is more to do with my impatience as a sewer. (Sewist? I’m certainly not a sewer.) I need to work on that, especially since I want to work on getting better at sewig. Probably not garment making, but certainly garment fixing. I’d like to be able to make a corset.

But that’s neither here nor there. I’ve got a fair amount of cotton odds and ends to make into towels and cotton s generally what I see the most of in thrift store sweaters to unravel. So more towels will be made. The goal is to get away from paper towels when it comes to cleaning up stuff.that isn’t too icky. I’m not cleaning up anyone’s bodily fluids with them, but spilled juice.or whatever is fine. And I’m more likely to use them if I have enough so I do.t have to wash them every day. So I’m saving the environment or whatever. Or possibly just saving money on paper towels and sponges.

So I’ve made a craft purchase. I mean, I make a lot of craft purchases, but this is something of a major one. I bought an inkle loom! Because I apparently have loomitis and I want all the looms. Plus it’s another good way to use up stash, which I need. And I can make straps for all of these bags I’ve been weaving.

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Pretty, huh? I bought it on eBay. The band I’ve got on it is a strap for a bag. The max warp is like five feet, which should be fine. Plus it’s small enough that I should be able to tale it to Florida and get some weaving done there.

Here is the first band I’ve made on it, a super simple one using scraps of cotton-blend yarns. The width is a little wonky, but it’s passible for a first attempt.

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Pre-inkle loom, I practiced inkle weaving on my LeClerc, which is possible, though a little difficult. Here’s the band I made on that:

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And here is the second band I’ve made, using the warp from my messed up towel attempt (with some patterning)

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I think I’m going to sew it into a belt. I don’t think it will be that difficult.

Currently, as I mentioned, I’m working on a band for a bag. Here’s a picture of the actual wip:

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The picture is of the first of two bands, though I’ve since finished it and started on the second. They’re pretty quick to make when I’m just doing plain weave. I just bought a book of inkle band patterns, so I’m going to try more complicated patterns soon.

It’s only a matter of time before I buy an actual sized inkle loom (or make one), so I’ve clearly got the weaving bug. Cause I needed another hobby.

I’ve been on something of a towel kick in my weaving these days. They’re useful and I have a lot of cotton yarn. Here are some quick ones I whipped up the other day on my 24″ LeClerc.

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This was my first attempt. The tension was… Bad. Really, really bad. I wanted to get a longer towel but I had to take the whole project off the loom. I have the warp though. Maybe I’ll use it on the inkle loom.

The next set came out much better.

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I must confess I don’t know what the blue is. Some cotton I got at a thrift store. There are warp stripes of green Sugar and Cream but I’m not sure how well you can see them. I ran out of the blue and finished the warp with a recycled cotton/acrylic. So that’s the green.

They’re finished off with a rolled hem, super simple.

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The fabric is pretty squooshy and I think I’ll get a lot of use out of them. I’ve currently got a big towel warped up using just about the whole width of the loom. I think that one will take a bit longer to finish as I haven’t been working on it quite so dillgently.

Life things: leaving for Virginia Beach on Wednesday. Joe and I finished the first Jedi Academy book and have started the second. Still watching Star Trek. Totally bummed I missed megacon, a con in Orlando, by two weeks.

Oh, and this Saturday is the Uniquities Fiber Market in Vienna. There’s another event on Sunday about an hour away in Maryland that I might go to. And Maryland Sheep and Wool is in less than a month and a half and I am so going. And probably spending so much money. Buy all the fiber!

So here is my most accomplished weaving/sewing project so far (completed several days ago and not blogged yet because of no good reason).

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Aww yeah. Brown yarn is recycled wool from the largest sweater ever and the blue is Columbia Minerva purchased at an estate sale.  I used my Easy Weaver, meaning a six dent heddle. I’m not sure if you can buy other heddles for that loom. Though since it doesn’t have side rails, I guess I could use any short heddle.

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The gusset/strap is my first attempt at log cabin, and it came out pretty well if I do say so myself. Another color technique in weaving that’s just as easy as people say. I haven’t yet done more log cabin, but I definitely intend to.

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The bag isn’t lined (only because I don’t have any fabric that matches. I sense a large Connecting Threads order happening soon) but it does have a closure and one I’m pretty chuffed about. Simple twisted cord, which I twisted by hand, and a big button.

I have several more weaving FOs coming up soon. I am also knitting, but that’s rather slow-going unfortunately. In fannish news, Joe and I are reading the Jedi Academy trilogy and are almost done wIth the first one. I’m watching STTNG and I’ve just started season six. Also, I’m going to Florida for two weeks with my folks at the end of the month, so that’s happening.

I am still knitting, I promise, but weaving is where it’s at these days. I love weaving. I’m weaving all the things and all the time.

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Yarns: Patons Soy Wool Solids and Noro Silk Garden, a little over a skein of each
Loom: Easy Weaver
Reed: The standard one for that loom. I think it’s 8 dpi.

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This scarf had tension issues out the wazoo, but I really love how it came out. It’s drapey and warm and super long–I can wrap it around my neck three times. The SWS is super soft and the Noro is colorful. It’s gorgeous.

It was, however, a gigantic pain in the ass to weave. As I said, tension issues. Plus the SWS is fuzzy as hell. The Noro, thankfully, behaved itself and there weren’t any knots.

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I wove this up mostly with the intention of A, practicing houndstooth and B, making something out of the fabric. Because I have a metric fuck ton of scarves and shawls and wraps and I honestly do not need any more. But it made such a great scarf that I left it as is. I have since woven up another length I used to make a bag (pictures soon). I’m really enjoying weaving up fabric yardage to turn into something else later. Mostly bags, probably, because my sewing skills aren’t that great.

In book/fannish news, Joe and I finished the Thrawn trilogy the other day and I have ALL THE FEELINGS. Mara is the best ever (obviously) and Karrde is adorable. And GAH. And THRAWN. GAH, I SAY. We have since started the Jedi Academy trilogy, which is good but not nearly as much as Thrawn (obviously). Zahn is amazing and I must read all the things. Speaking of Star things, I have also gotten back into watching Star Trek: Next Generation. You guys, season four is SO MUCH BETTER than the previous three. I love it. I’m working through it and will probably watch Deep Space Nine afterwards.

The weaving obsession continues. And continues.

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Yarn: recycled and handdyed yarns. Warp: Sugical Waste Weft: Raspberry Stains
Loom: Easy Weaver
Reed: 8 dent

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This prettiness started as a long strip of fabric. I sewed it together following this tutorial. There was a bit of swearing, especially when it turned out that despite my careful measuring, the lining was a bit smaller than the bag itself.

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I think it came out well though. The lining is a bit of a cotton sheet (the same one I used to back my UMW quilt It’ll go in my bag of bags because lord knows I have a ton of them. Currently, I’ve got woven yardage waiting for a project stored in it.

Subtitle: even more weaving plus another FO. So the weaving bug? I seriously have it. Seriously. I decided I wanted to try something more interesting than plain tabby weave, so I looked into houndstooth. I couldn’t really find instructions, but everywhere it’s mentioned, it says two warp threads of each color and two picks of each color. I didn’t really believe it (it should make squares, righy?) So I just warped it up and tried it. Lo and behold:

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That is exactly what you get apparently. I wove this little sample:

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It’s two colors of wool-ease (thrifted). Not sure what it will become. Maybe a mug rug or pot holder. Or maybe a little pounch. Once I had that done, I warped for some more houndstooth:

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Super fun. This one is wool-ease (the white) and a recycled cotton-acrylic blend. When it was done, I set blocked the fabric and sewed it into a circle:

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It’s a little cowl. Only long enough to wrap once around my neck and not tight enough to keep the chill away, but nice to wear nonetheless. I didn’t hem it or anything. Just sewed along each fringed end, cut off the fringe, overlapped the ends and sewed a seam. Easy peasy. I have another completed houndtooth project plus a length of fabric I plan to make into bags or maybe just one more interesting one. And I’ve just started another project for a bag. Weaving is so fast. I’m just cranking out finished objects-and using up tons of stash to boot.

So I win at thrift store. I just do. Let me tell you why. The other day, after reading a bunch of posts in the unravelers Ravelry group, I decided to go to Unique to look at the sweaters. I found a bunch and then, thinking of my budget, thought I should leave maybe. But I thought I’d buzz through the crafts section, and there on the bottom shelf was this beauty:

That is a Harrisville Easy Weaver, which the Woolery sells for $90. That is the original warp that comes with the loom, meaning it was never used (or, barely; there was about an inch of weaving I cut out and replaced to even out the warp). I PAID FIVE DOLLARS.

I KNOW. Incredible. So you know I wove that right up. Found some recycled wool/nylon fingering and got to work. Couple days later, I had about ten feet of rainbow scarf. Cause there’s enough warp for two child-sized scarves, which explains why it felt like it was taking forever. I ran it through the sewing machine and got this:

Aww yeah. Simple weave, sewed two lengths side by side with a zig zag stitch. It’s lined with the same pink fabric I used to line the other two bags.

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The string is from a sweater I got on that same shopping trip. It’s silk cashmere. So there’s no way this bag is leaving my hands. Plus the sewing is a little shoddy so there’s that.

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Pretty rainbow.

I’m currently experimenting with houndstooth on this loom. It really is as easy as people say: two warp threads of each color and two picks of each color. I have a scarf warped up currently. On Vergere (yes, named for the Star Wars character cause that’s how I roll), I’ve been weaving just fabric and figuring out what to do with it later. Probably mostly project bags cause they’re fast and easy. And maybe I can put some in the shop. Whoo, weaving!