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Tuesday

I’ve been more on planes recently than at the loom, so sock production is high. And a shot of the benches in Le Corbusier’s

New socks, more wool, goldenrod blanket, jugs and incense burners

I finished a pair of socks from an order from the Tent Shop and just need to hem stitch the goldenrod blanket before I cut it off the loom. And, what is my last purchase prior to a self-imposed embargo on searches under

Berber wool, half a sock, more Renata

Just back from a week in London and I managed to make it up Finsbury Park to go to the Handweavers Studio and Gallery, thank god I had limited time as otherwise I would have been pulled into a black hole of browsing. The rug wool that they have alone paralyzed me in my tracks with ideas. I had gone there knowing I wanted to buy some berber wool and linen rug warp which is harder to get in Canada, so I put my blinders on (how PAINFUL!) and didn’t look at the looms or the cottons or any of the tools and picked up some balls of berber wool which I am SO excited about. They also had a really amazing wool rug by Jason Collingwood (son of Peter Collingwood) on display which I was excited to see.

I got part way through a sock on the plane as well, I don’t know what’s going on with my sock knitting at the moment, I wanted to try out doing them differently but this one seems to have gone a bit weird, I think because I have been doing the Woodsman’s socks so much I had forgotten how to do regular ones.

And my wonderful friends who introduced me to Renata Bonfanti’s work gave me a catalogue, her work is blowing my mind, especially the pieces that are variations on a pointed twill, they are so inspiring.

I made a few weaving new year’s resolutions this year, mostly inspired by some reading that I’ve done and wanting to find the most efficient and technically gratifying way for me to weave. I hit the ground running last evening with that in mind, even though sometimes I have a glimmer of feeling that it’s patently absurd that I’m always teaching myself when it comes to weaving. That said, once I figure out how to do something once, I don’t forget it as I might do if shown in a workshop. The goal last evening was to warp back to front using Jane Stafford’s method, which after much fumbling with the lease sticks and clamping the raddle to all 4 shafts, I cracked it and it’s a totally brilliant way of putting a warp. I put on a really narrow warp to do some experiments for some new rugs using the ‘meet and separate’ method, however this morning when I was up and happily weaving with some tips from Peter Collingwood in mind, two of the warp threads snapped. I had randomly grabbed some cotton off my shelf last night not thinking about whether it would hold up to the tension need for a rug warp.

Nettle blanket and elderberry socks

So I finished the first of the blankets, I’m happy with how it came out and needless to say learned a lot for the next 4 or 5 blankets to come. As I haven’t got my 10 dent reed yet I used a 16 dent reed which worked fine but I’m not going to start on the next one’s until I have the new reed which will make beating much less of an effort than it was with the reed I used. I was too nervous to full the blanket in the washing machine, so I did it in the bathtub with a lot of really hot water and arm-powered agitation, it is amazing how quickly it happens, but it makes SUCH a difference. The handspun wool I used in the warp appears very faintly and the nettle mixed in with the natural is pretty subtle on the whole but I like it. I brushed the blanket while it was still wet to bring out a bit of the nap, it is amazingly soft now, heavy and super warm.

I also finished a pair of Woodsman’s Socks using the elderberry wool.

Tea towels (part 2)

I finally finished my tea towels last week, needless to say I must have been distracted or just not paying attention because I had a complete threading disaster that involved me re-threading the entire warp … so they are by no means very perfect and I somehow seem to have made them much smaller than I intended so now they are a bit more like novelty tea towels than particularly useful ones. But I like the colourway nonetheless and did discover I prefer warping from front to back, it’s much quicker and there is less faffing with the reed, which I was threading twice doing it the Swedish way warping from back to front.

I also finished another pair of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s ‘Woodsmans Socks’, which are so quick to make as they are done with a worsted weight on 4mm needles. The first pair I made of these were shrunk by their owner, so this replacement pair used up lots of bits of worsted weight I had lying around but I think the effect is actually quite nice. My patience with knitting is short these days, but I hope to finally finish another pair of socks of much finer yarn that were intended as an x-mas present when I am on a plane this week.