Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rigid Heddle Knitter's Loom; Silky Merino, Hot Pink

This neck scarf, woven on my Ashford Rigid Heddle Knitter's Loom, measures 6-1/4" wide by 54" long.  This silk/merino wool yarn is very nice to the touch and the scratch factor is minimal.  I'm trying to remember where I picked up this yarn, but it's been such a while ago that I cannot remember.  The weft (horizontal strands) pattern is divided as follows: 9 strands beat close together, followed by 4 strands equally spaced about 1/8" apart.  Oh so simple, but a happy accomplishment for my beginner efforts.  Once the loom was prepped, the weaving took two days of undedicated effort.  In this picture, I am working on the fringe. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Girlie Toddler Poncho

Here's a crocheted toddler poncho.  This is a child's size, 18-24 months.  I thought I might add a fluffy little pompom to each picot point around the border.  The sparkly thread that runs through the yarn is charming as a whole, but it's slightly scratchy to the touch, so this poncho may end up for display only.  I'm thinking a little girlie might prefer a little poncho with a soft, cuddly touch.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rigid Heddle Knitter's Loom

Here is my 12" Ashford Rigid Heddle Knitter's Loom, strung with Cascade 100% Peruvian wool yarn on the warp (vertical strands), and a unique skein of silk sari yarn for the weft (horizontal strands).  I enjoy weaving more than any other crafty thing I can think of.  This is a small loom, easy to handle, easy to work with.  I've had it for at least a few years, but haven't done much weaving up until now.  The scarf (pictured below) was completed in two days.  Finished measurements are about 8" wide by 48" long.  I could be happy working with this loom alone, but it would be so nice to have a wider loom in order to weave a wider cloth.  There's something magical about weaving one's own cloth and then putting it to good use; being able to weave a wider cloth, imagine the possibilities!