Woven Lace

Here is my first woven lace. It was fun to use a pickup stick and get my hands inside the warp. I don't think lace will end up being one of my main "things" in weaving, but I find it helpful to try different techniques and not count anything out right off the bat.

woven lace / warporweft.com

The warp and weft are both 10/2 pearle cotton. The sett is 22 ends per inch.  

 

Twill Sampler

Here's a twill sampler threaded five different ways. It is cool how each section looks different based on the different threading even though the weaving pattern is the same on each horizontal row. This is a great way to test multiple patterns at the same time. I really like the middle block.

Woven Twill Sampler by warporweft.com

I used 3/2 pearle cotton for both the warp and weft. The set is 15 ends per inch. If you are going to do a multi sample like this, make sure you don't have two warp strands next to each other on the same shaft to avoid floats. I had to rethread the last section because the second to last pattern ended on a 1 and the last started on a 1. When I rethreaded, I started the last on a 2 and let the sections share the 1.    

Leg Warmer Update

Working my way through the leg warmers. I started with a Lion Brand pattern, but this is a custom order, so I am making modifications to extend it well beyond the knee. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out beautifully and that the leg warmers stay up.

over the knee leg warmer / warporweft.com

I love the coloring and the stripes in the yarn. It's been hot so I haven't really wanted to knit as much and have spent time weaving a bunch since we got back from Jackson Hole. What are you working on these days?

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Our Trip to Wyoming and Local Yarn

We just returned from Jackson Hole where we had the time of our lives! The last time I visited Wyoming, I was in elementary school and it was an incredible experience. This trip was even more phenomenal than I remember it. Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons should be on your vacation list and I cannot plug it enough as a must see family vacation spot.  We almost sent for the cats so we could stay.

Grand Teton National Park / warporweft.com

We visited Knit on Pearl, the local yarn store in Jackson, where I bought this colorful 2 ply DK weight yarn by Mountain Meadow Wool of Buffalo, Wyoming. The shop had a limited selection of yarn and a very small amount of local yarn, but it was friendly and cute. You can definitely find knitting supplies or a fun project there. I can't wait to knit something fun with the yarn.

Knit on Pearl in Jackson, WY / warporweft.com
Mountain Meadow Wool / warporweft.com

This handwoven Apache grain storage basket is at the Jackson Lake Lodge, which is in Grand Teton National Park and has the most amazing view of the Teton range. I was inspired by the Native American weaving and purchased a Navajo student loom, so stay tuned for that. 

Apache Basket at Jackson Lake Lodge / warporweft.com

We stayed in Teton Village and went on two really great day safaris with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. The first was to Yellowstone National Park, which is a super volcano and has the world's largest collection of geysers. In the park, we also saw waterfalls, bison, pelicans, a grizzly bear eating an elk and, of course, Old Faithful. The last time I was there was the year before 36% of the 2.2 million acre park burned (with a total of about 1.2 million acres burned including the areas outside of, but adjacent to, the park - you can read more about the fires here.). It was incredible to see the damage and regrowth 27 years later.  

The second safari was a full day Grand Teton National Park tour. Our tour guide was Christy, who has a Masters in Natural Sciences and was very informative. She has a wonderful blog and Instagram featuring wildlife and year round life in Jackson. In addition to the incredible scenery, we saw gorgeous wildflowers, fields of bison with babies, moose, elk, prong horn with babies, black tail deer, a fox, marmot, baby great blue herons in their nest, cliff swallows, hawks, osprey,  and many other birds. 

We also went on a float tour of the Snake River with Justin from Solitude Scenic Float Trips. It was a really great way to see the Tetons and capture photos of wildlife along the river. We saw an entire family (all four!) of eagles from one nest and a few additional eagles.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are a trip that everyone should make at least once in life. We are already planning a return trip that will include more hiking and additional time in the national parks.  

 

Log Cabin

I am working through a series of weaving structures and log cabin is currently at the top of the list. It is a fun technique to practice keeping the threading order straight during warping as well as getting the right number of pics per inch to make sure the squares are actually square. Check out how the vertical "logs" look a lot longer than the horizontal logs even though the squares are the same sizes. I guess the old fashion advice to wear vertical instead of horizontal stripes is true!

log cabin weaving / warporweft.com

I used carpet warp for both the warp and weft with a sett of 12 ends per inch. I like carpet warp a lot for projects like this because it is super easy to work with.  

log cabin on the loom / warporweft.com

To practice an additional technique, I added a floating selvedge to each side even though balanced log cabin does not typically need a floating selvedge. It is what looks like a loose purple thread at the end of the work (you can see it near the top right of the photo). I am not a huge fan of straight log cabin, but I really like it for an accent and found it to be a good weaving exercise.

 

 

Finished Men's Hat

Now that the hat is finished, I can truly say that I highly recommend this pattern if you are looking for a men's hat pattern. The pattern is very simple to follow and the hat turns out perfect. And I knit the whole thing in just a few hours over two days. The pattern is Oskar by Vithard Villumsen available on Ravelry for $0.99, which is well worth the cost. 

Men's Hat Pattern / warporweft.com

As I said in yesterday's post, the yarn is a light worsted weight called Kenzie, which is 50% New Zealand Merino, 25% Nylon, 10% Angora, 10% Alpaca and 5% Silk Noils =  an incredibly lovely weight and texture. There are about 160 yards per skein, so you need about one and a half to make this hat.  I am going to buy another skein of the yarn in a complimentary color and make a second hat. I am thinking stripes... 

Knit hat / warporweft.com

Here I am wearing the finished hat! It is a bit large on the top for me, but fits my husband perfectly.

Men's Hat on the Needles

I am switching it up today and started working on a hat for my man. It's been awhile since I made him something and, even though he probably will not be able to wear this for a few months, I think he will really like this hat.

Mens hat / warporweft.com

The yarn feels great and looks perfectly manly. It is Kenzie made from 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca and 5% silk noils. I am surprised this yarn isn't more popular. It may be my new favorite. 

Plaid on the Loom

Working away on plaid handwoven cloth. It is a fairly easy weave. The hard part is making sure that all of the squares are square. An important lesson that I learned on this project is not to measure right after I beat a row, but to wait until a few more rows are added because the rows tend to pack in slightly. 

Handwoven plaid / warporweft.com

I am using Harrisville Shetland wool, which is a delight, especially after weaving with a 20/2 wool during my last project. This is noticeably thicker and much easier to work with. The colors are black, magenta and periwinkle. 

My helpers / warporweft.com

I have a lot of helpers today! You may also notice that I had to switch out the tie on bar for a shorter dowel. During the last project, the metal on the original bar was bending under the pressure every time I advanced the warp, so I changed it. I also bought longer dowels for wider projects and will used the appropriate lengths for each project.