Belltown Cowl Scarf Pattern

Today is the two year anniversary of Warp or Weft! In the past two years I learned how to weave and advanced in my knitting. Thank you to everyone who has joined me along the way! I am having a lot of fun.

Belltown Cowl Scarf Pattern by warporweft.com

To celebrate this anniversary, I am SO excited to share my first official knitting pattern with you! It is called The Belltown Cowl Scarf and is very easy to knit. I first made this scarf in the colorway Teals as a hostess gift for my friend who was gracious enough to host me when I went home for my bridal shower almost two years ago. Last spring I made the scarf in Blues and I was inspired to make the scarf pictured here in Grapes for myself. I loved it so much that I decided to share the pattern with all of you!  

Belltown Cowl Scarf Pattern by warporweft.com

There are tons of seed stitch cowl patterns, but the unique colorways of Cascade 128 Superwash Multis give it a little something extra. Because of the length, the pattern is one size fits all. It is available in my Shop and will also be available on Ravelry once I figure out how to upload it.

Belltown Cowl Scarf Pattern in my shop

Crochet Mermaid Blanket

I am spending today getting these mermaid tail blankets finished and ready to ship. They are for some of my favorite girls and I am delighted to get them in the mail. These blankets are really cute. The pattern is Bulky Mermaid Blanket by MJ's Off the Hook Designs and the yarn is Country Loom in Nobility. The yarn is available at Michael's. Edit: The pattern is on Ravelry throught his link.

CrochetMermaid Blanket / warporweft.com

I have to admit that this yarn is not my favorite, but it gets the job done. I chose to use the same yarn for the fin as the body of the blanket and continued with the Q size crochet hook, which worked out ok. I had to make a second single crochet row to reduce the end of the fin that joins to the body (you'll see it on the pattern if you buy it). I also don't think the gauge works out exactly as she describes in the pattern because I crochet very loosely and I couldn't get it large enough to match the pattern description even though the author says she crochets tightly. This may also be why a lot of people note on the ravelry forums that they needed extra yarn, so be prepared for that.  And I was not able to get these done in the 3.5 hours that the pattern approximates. I think the quickest one took me 5 - 6 hours, but if you are faster at crochet, it could take less.

Cat crochet blanket / warporweft.com

Look at this good boy hanging out next to (not on top of, for once!) the blanket. One of the bodies became a cat blanket because he claimed it as his new couch blanket, so I ended up making four. Luckily he is leaving this one alone!

A Few of My Favorite Things

Happy Friday! Today, I am sharing a few of my favorite knitting and weaving products from small businesses. I bought the antique scissors from local shop, Moorea Seal, in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. I keep them on my loom for use during warping and to help mend broken warp threads (it happens to the best of us!). The hedgehog knitting needle sizer is from Katrinkles. She has lots of designs available, including the US states. And the brass two-in-one threading and sley hook is from Harrisville Designs. The hook has a hole in it and hangs next to the scissors on my loom, so I never misplace it. I love how I only need one tool instead of two for warping.

Fiber Accessories / warporweft.com

I hope you all have a lot of exciting weekend plans. The weather is supposed to be rainy here this weekend, so we will have mostly inside plans. I hope to get a bunch of weaving done. Cheers!

Project Progress

Here is an update on the turquoise and gray knitting piece. It sat for awhile when I was working on holiday projects and a custom order. I'm still working on it, obviously, but I may be half way to a finished piece...I guess we will find out shortly. If it turns out nicely, I'll make the pattern available.

Teal Knitting / warporweft.com

On another note, I never make strict new year resolutions, but I usually reevaluate where my life is going around the holidays (do you do the same?). My recent soul searching led me to recommit to working on knitting and weaving. I made some tough decisions and was able to rearrange my life (with the support of my amazing husband) to focus more on fiber arts. I am really excited for all of the projects I have coming up. Cheers!

#2015bestnine

Here is my #2015bestnine from my Instagram account. Apparently the red and white overshot table runner was everyone's favorite. I really love the cable baby/cat blanket and the photo of my little guy. And how about that photo of Mt. Rainier at sunrise?

#2015bestnine / warporweft.com

It was so much fun sharing my knitting and weaving with you in 2015. I am already working on a few projects that I will be able to share soon, so check back shortly! I hope you have a wonderful New Year celebration wherever you are in the world. Cheers!

Merry Christmas!

No matter what you celebrate, I hope you have a great holiday season! Santa was good to us this morning and we are really thankful for all that we have. We are enjoying a quiet day at home today with a bunch of food, some movies and, of course, knitting.

Merry Christmas ornament / warporweft.com

If you are looking for the perfect ornament to add to your collection or for a gift for next year or a wedding, check out Susabella. She has a wide variety of items and is local to Seattle. We received this lovely pieces for our wedding last year. We also have the large beverage tub and it is perfect for parties. Happy Holidays!

Swedish Lace Scarf

Working on a Swedish Lace scarf. I've done a lot of sampling this year, so it is great to work on a project that I plan to finish and wear myself. It is almost 22 inches wide because I like to wear large scarves and fold them over.

swedish lace handweaving / warporweft.com

It is usually recommended that Swedish Lace is woven in light colors, but I could not resist this Royal color and it is turning out beautiful. The warp and weft are both 8/2 Tencel by Mauriece Brassard and I am starting the second 8 ounce tube. The sett is 20 epi.

Swedish lace scarf / warporweft.com

The pattern is from the green Davison book on page 94. It's the third treadling of the Traditional Lace Unit. This lace is a breeze to weave and I like the section of four next to the sections of three in the lace part (on the left in the top photo).

Black Friday Stash

Happy December! I hope all of my US readers had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I am not a huge black Friday shopper, but every year I take advantage of the So Much Yarn sale, which runs all weekend so you don't have to be there at 2 am or anything crazy. This year the sale was 20% off total purchases over $75.  As you can see, I went a little crazy with the sparkles.

Yarn Stash / warporweft.com

From left to right, this is two skeins of Anzula Nebula, three skeins in different colors of Artyarns in Rhapsody Glitter light, one skein of Knit Collage Day Dreamer (ribbed hat pattern here) and Colinette Yarns in Jay at the top of the photo. I have to say that one of the things I am thankful for this year is all of the great people I have met through my local yarn shop. You know who you are and I am so glad that we met and have become friends outside of the yarn shop. It was with your encouragement (and the encouragement of my ever supportive husband) that I started Warp or Weft, which has been a really great experience. I am excited to share what I make with this yarn. Cheers for a happy holiday season to everyone who reads this blog!

 

Ms and Os

My year long weaving course is wrapping up in a few weeks (Where did this year go? How is it the end of November already? I blinked in July and 2015 is almost over!). This weaving course is a really great program and I have learned so much more than I ever could have taught myself. If you are looking for a weaving course near Seattle, send me an email and I will give you information about the course. I can't wait to really get into the creativity of weaving on my own. I already have a few projects mapped out.

Ms & Os weaving / warporweft.com

This was my first attempt at Ms and Os and I did not go the traditional route. I used page 57 numbers III and IV in the Davison book and really like these sections. I would use a different warp next time. I used leftover carpet warp sett at 15 ends per inch and it was too thick for the scarp yarn weft of Harrisville Shetland that I was using.   

On the Needles

Finally! I have a project that is working out with the teal color yarn. You may recall thata few weeks ago, I wrote about how a pattern that I really liked online did not look great in person. Since then, I tried four other patterns and was not happy with any of them. Ultimately, ended up creating a pattern.

Knitting / warporweft.com

Sometimes the sixth time is the charm. I like how it is going so far. If it works out, I will make the pattern available. Cheers!




Happy Halloween!

It's a rainy day in Seattle, but we still have the Halloween spirit! It helps that we went to The Farm at Swan's Trail a few weekends ago on a much nicer day. The farm is geared toward kids, but has enough to keep adults busy, too. We wandered around the pumpkin patch, got coffee and went on a hayride past the impressively large corn maze to the apple orchard where we picked 14 pounds of two different types of apples.

pumpkin patch / warporweft.com

It was plenty of fun! If you are looking for a pick-your-own apples or pick-your-own pumpkins farm within a reasonable driving distance of Seattle, The Farm at Swan's Trail is where it's at. It took us about an hour to drive to the farm from downtown Seattle.  

Crackle Weave

When I started weaving, more experienced weavers asked me, "Have you decided whether you are a pattern weaver or a texture weaver?"  I would think, "what are they talking about? I like both!" Turns out, I do LOVE both, but I am finding that I tend to enjoy patterns when weaving. I guess, it's important to have these realizations along the way.  

crackle and boundweave / warporweft.com

This is a pattern known as "crackle" or Jamtlandsvav as it is known in Sweden where it originated. Crackle is a twill based block weave that offers a lot of possibilities depending on how you treadle and your color choices. These photos are an example of possibilities as both were woven on the same warp, which is 10/2 perle cotton. The weft on the bottom sample in the photo is maroon Harrisville Shetland and is crackle woven with tabby. The pattern above it is boundweave in 4 Harrisville Shetland colors, which uses four separate shuttles and is woven as twill. It goes smoothly once you get into a rhythm, but I need to practice making it less bulky on the edges. Above that are Boundweave woven on opposites and lacy crackle. I like crackle a lot and am impressed with how many different patterns you can get from this threading.