Happy New Year – weaving brick by brick!

The 6 towels that I beamed on my Mighty Wolf loom at the end of October, 2020 are hemmed as of yesterday. At first taking space to breathe felt strange. It was not a choice exactly. Wanting to weave with a loose aim of the holidays meant starting, working around the tough regular school-at-home pace. […]

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Weaving the weaving in – Swedish Anna cotton towels

The simple idea to keep weaving after the handspun scarf brought the second Joanne Hall designed kit off my shelf & onto the Mighty Wolf’s beams.  One is in our kitchen, and these 2 are shipped to loved ones. This kit was expertly wound, tied and had a 3×3 cross that cannot be blamed for […]

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Pulling-up Socks and Closing the Fell

To The Knit Knack Blog’s readers and friends: You too may be feeling a dash of strain sprinkled with sleep deprivation, and sometime fist-shaking.  On a surprisingly mild December day that is also quiet enough for thinking, I have some admin good news & project successes to share.  First the… Good admin news In a […]

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Weaving smaller

As the pile of small knits grew & yarn production slowed, I have gathered weaving thoughts.  The last month threw-up one challenge after another.  In my role as Head Cook & Bottle Washer, I have been taken-up with navigating us through it all safely towards the holidays. Since these challenges are of the I Specifically […]

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St. Andrew Tribute – twin handwoven blankets

These blankets are for my cousin’s twin boys – a tribute to her, and an extension of The Earl of St. Andrews district tartan to the parish of our birth in Jamaica. The 1930 design is by A. A. Bottomley.  Having been created for the use of Prince George, it is a ‘royal’ district tartan.  […]

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New year, inspired!

Happy new year!  Our holidays were spent back home in Jamaica.  It was the mix of what we call Christmas breeze, friends and family that made this trip extra-special. Inspiration came by more than sheer natural beauty.  The island is still dealing with the Chikungunya virus outbreak.  It is transmitted by mosquitoes, and last October […]

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Cottoning on to cotton

The recent trouble with my hands brought me back to cotton in a big way.  Of everything else only my cotton spin had a gentle enough action for longer stints. This composition says almost everything about what got me over a Learn to Spin Cotton phase.  Three of four things, in fact: A low stool: […]

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An irie snowflake, and January is happening

Oh, January, I see your cold and raise you a handspun, Paper Snowflake.  This wonderful knit pattern is by Naomi Parkhurst was ideal (ideal, I tell you!) for my many hours-worth of 3-ply cotton yarn that I made with coin takhli spindles. As the pics show, this was made a while ago in better weather.  It […]

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December weaving and more

It has been a very busy month.  With the 1st level of weaving classes ending, I signed-up for the winter session and tried to get as much loom time as possible.  My oh-so-fun twill sampler needed attention. It has 6 twill structures in the 2 blues.  Even as someone who would skip sampling whenever she […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

A quick post before we get ready for a family celebration on the other side of the GTA.  These are a few of my favorite work and home things that I am grateful for, today. With much elbow grease and time, I used linen warp yarn to sew velcro strips across the top of my […]

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