Friday, 10 September 2010

Friday 10th September

Hello I hope everyone has had a good week.  Its been a hectic one here as it was the first full week back at school, its been hard work getting used to the new routine but now we are settled and looking forward to the weekend.

Its been a busy week on the fibre front as well.  I have started to organise the winter weaving and knitting for the online shop and had a dye run in the week as well.  Aside from dyeing up samples for a customer in the US of silk roving there are new hand dyed wool rovings for sale in the Etsy shop, do have a look, I am going to have a hard time letting these go!

On the loom this week is the lambswool and silk scarf I mentioned in last week's posting, pictures below,

This shows the work in progress, the ten outer threads on each side are just lambswool and the rest of the dents are threaded with one lambswool and one gold silk thread.

Here is a closeup of the pattern showing the "ridges" running the length of the scarf, these are made by threading 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4,4, so a double half twill.

This shows a closeup of the warp threads so you can see the gold silk thread alongside the lambswool.

Also I am spinning up some Shetland Rovings that were purchased from Jamieson and Smith on the Shetland Isles.  I bought 500g of Black (which is actually dark brown), 500g of fawn and 500g of white.  Once these are spun up I am hoping to make a double weave shetland throw in a tartan style pattern and also knit some fairisle cushion covers.   Hopefully these will go into the online shop.  Unless they are snaffled by older daughters for their homes!!

Here is the first of the white being spun up and below

is the second hank of black before it was washed to set the twist.

So a busy week allround and I am looking forward to a little R and R this weekend.  Eldest daughter has come to stay so lots of fibery chat.

Have fun with your fibre, whatever you are doing and it would be lovely to hear from anyone with pictures of their projects and favourite looms/wheels.

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