Life this year has continued to come at us fast. The past quarter alone has included loss, grief, so many appointments, learning & back in school teamwork. There are new welcome supports & progress but it’s been a lot.
One plus of fall is that I am taking my walks again after morning drop-off on school days. We are now facing a strike that will close the doors as of tomorrow morning.
The work-to-rule this past week was fairly brutal, and I hope that the parties negotiate a settlement very soon.
The busy times included trips home to Jamaica – one very short for a funeral. My Mom just spent her first birthday after retirement with us last month. The biggest summer project was to weave her a throw as a retirement gift.
Best Planning is Asking First
There was a very specific idea wrapped up in Mom’s mind when she said the word, “throw.”
Here is how we got to a 34.5″ wide warp of Harrisville Shetland in Poppy #65 plain weave with a cone of white Rayon chain from Made in America:
- Q: Handspun shawl-shape because I love you! Mom’s A: That sounds too narrow. Can you make it wider?
- Q: Wider cool, I can do your first initials in twill! A: Hmm, that is not exactly a cushy throw but flat right?
- Q: Wow, I found the cushiest! It’s mohair bouclé and the online classes told me how to weave with it! A: Mohair sounds very hot, Lara.
At each stage, N got the brunt of my But I Did a Weave Plan frustrations. He’s a champ.
Not shown here is the LeClerc temple that I used during weaving. The weft chain yarn is 8 ppi. The warp is threaded straight draw on 4 shafts.
The loom still has our home throw warped, and ready for weaving. The luxury of Orlando mohair bouclé came home to me from a weaver’s destash, and I then did a thing.
A very first indigo dye day at our house! The socks were a flourish for Ty who was not fully on board until he saw this happening.
Packs some insight
It’s still a season of wrapping our heads around a new paradigm, research and oh my word the appointments. None of my knitting has led to sweet finishes… in a good little while. I seem to be frogging more often, and casting-off far less. That’s okay.
Nobody is walking around with cold feet just because I made this first sock too tight. It will just have to be re-done.
The idea of a light Aestlight shawl in this Shetland wool handspun was my September pause from serious things. It hit a snag in the Bird’s Eye lace border that has me carefully using a lifeline now. I am short on yardage, and a second yarn will help finish.
A sock for me & a sock for N are on the back burner with handspun sweater ambitions. All in the fullness of time, I suppose.
Now is a time of reflection not speaking out or even following trends. When I post it may be focused on the finished projects, and how they fit with the new lessons.
Ty’s potholder is a bright spot. He loved choosing the loops.
Learning to weave is a bit like learning to ride a bike or play an instrument: the more you practice the easier it becomes. Sarah Swett, p. 5, Kids Weaving, 2005
This wasn’t our path to a potholder or other learning. I am starting to go beyond the typical, “This is seven!” thinking that I hear so frequently in the craft spaces. The consistent practice advice works well for typical learning & behaviours but cannot work for everyone.
What I am doing is different: a support for exploration. We got to stuck points, stepped back & I took out the expectation that Ty was going to do the tighter steps at all. Now there is a bright spot all arranged by his colour choices.
Another great small loom weaving was this set of 5 mug rugs on the Louet Erica. Ty’s favourite is the stripey version with Peace Fleece alternating with my aqua handspun Corriedale as weft yarns.
Here we have sage green 8/4 cotton sett at 8 epi in a 12 dent reed. I can weave quietly with the family, and Ty really loves to sit in my lap for his turn. It was 64 ends of cotton warp wound 65″ long.
Each oversize mug rug was woven around 8 ¼” long. They really set our individual spaces apart at the large, round dining table. We use them daily. Why did I feel guilty about this loom? It’s a very good time-in tool.