Welcome to Show and Tell 2020. What a treat! A big thank you to all contributors.
Beautifully woven rainbow shawl
Inspiration – At start of lockdown a vibrant rainbow straddled the very dark fells around Keswick and seemed to embrace the town. Then as weeks went by and weaving grew, rainbows began appearing in windows.
Materials/techniques – Knoll 2/11.5 Supersoft Shetland wool. Braided twill (Carol Stickler’s 8 shaft Patterns p.46 no. 181)
I very much enjoyed weaving this piece as the rainbow colours grew against the very dark background shades. If I did it again I would perhaps use background colours which are less heavy.
Best wishes to everyone.
Happy soft knitted Dinosaur
Bored with the ENDLESS peg loom rug, decided to make a dinosaur.
Used acrylic wool from stash and stuffed him with wool.
The next one, triceratops will be stuffed a bit more solidly. This one keeps falling over.
I know there is great room for improvement, but I really enjoyed making him, and he makes me smile.
Best wishes to everyone
Lovely present of a blend of fibres
I spun the yarn for a friends birthday and she has expertly knitted up into this ‘shawl’ / wrap.
The yarn was made of four different fibers in my stash; Mongolian cashmere ( bought at Woolfest ), tussah silk, Alpaca and merino.
I wish I had kept a record of the ratio of mixed fibers , and more importantly, the total weight of the skeins I sent off!
Gorgeous lacy shawl
In June 2018, I took part in Freyalyn’s ‘blending on a drum carder’ workshop.
The results of this were several small batts, mostly blue and green BFL, so I drum carded these all together – just once, to keep variety in the colours.
I spun this 100gms on a drop spindle (IST 20gms), then drop-spindled 40gms of blue-green silk from my stash (from Oliver Twist, mixed shades again). I plied the two together on my Ashford Elizabeth.
I knit the resulting lace weight yarn into a shawl, completed January 2020 (pattern from Ravelry is ‘Haruni’).
I think it was pretty successful, except perhaps for the variegation in the colours. Anyway it cost nothing!
Fascinating selection of dye samples
Inspired by having lots of uninterrupted time in April, I embarked on a 2-week “A dye a day” project, using dyes and fibres in my stash. Clockwise from left: “beet”, quebracho red, madder, onion skin, pomegranate, daffodil, weld/indigo, indigo, logwood and lac. I managed decent blacks using indigo and logwood, and I was amazed by the different colours from the same dyebath obtained on silk, BFL tops and laceweight yarn.
Through a Window
I was inspired by an image used to illustrate an article entitled Solitary Citizens: the politics of loneliness, which showed a silhouette of a person at a window. From my own window I could see the hills. The tapestry was woven in wool on a picture frame (21cm x 16cm) which allowed the background to be woven separately from the foreground. I wanted to show how distant the hills were from the solitary watcher because they were now unattainable, possibly due to disability or the loss of a former walking companion.
It’s bluer than it looks in the photo. I used up several odd balls of homespun , changing colours randomly. If I did it again I would plan the colours and design, but it was fun to do!
Felted wedding wishes
For one of two expected family weddings for 2020 I was making felt flowers to go into our niece’s bouquet. The May wedding was postponed to September, then that was cancelled and in the end they had a lovely and sudden but very tiny lockdown wedding in which we participated via zoom in July instead. The bouquet wasn’t done so using the wool I’d blended for the flowers I created this to commemorate their day. I have no embroidery experience and just followed my nose, but found silver thread in my mum’s sewing box so had a go! Probably not the best thing to learn with. It was a little bit poignant for us, as it should have been our daughter’s wedding day. Never mind, something to look forward to another time, eh?
Inspired and lush wall hangings
For me lockdown seemed like a good opportunity to finish a long planned triptych of wall hangings. I am just reaching the end of the second hanging. Only one more to do.
My inspiration came from a picture of mountain tops peeking through clouds on a moonlit night, but it looks more like a seascape. I am using three strands of fine wool, doubled in the shed, and linked wefts to get the colour changes across the pick. I can’t decide if I’m enjoying it but I’m looking forward to the end result. I just hope the triptych lines up when it’s finished.
Best wishes everyone
Clever and cosy crochet jumper
This is my poor attempt at displaying a crochet jumper, made in two pieces, and using up some of my stock of hand spun wool. I liked the pattern, and it worked out OK using various balls of Aran weight yarn, and best of all, it was an easy pattern for me as a slow crocheter. I hope to wear it at the next cold meeting, whenever that might be.
Intriguing studies and experiments with woven fabrics
Mediaeval fabrics incorporate S and Z yarns. I had thought it was just to use up all yarns but then one of our library books explained why there is a difference between a fabric made with warp and weft made with the same twist and one made with opposite twists. I contacted several firms, but to get the same yarn made with opposite twists would need retooling and be extremely expensive. Rosemary offered to spin some for me provided I got blue faced Leicester fibre (of course), which I did. She and Rachel said I’d have difficulty with the singles yarn and should starch it. I sprayed the yarn on the frame and the loom and it behaved beautifully, as did a fine silk warp later, thanks ladies.
I wove several samples plain, twill, ZS and ZZ at different setts but couldn’t see any difference until I used a striped warp and looked with low light shining through, an effect which doesn’t show well in a photo.
So why do it? Gwyn suggests it may help to produce a balanced weave. The old fabrics would have been woven on warp weighted looms. I wonder if braids made with opposite twist yarns might be stronger?
So by next ‘S andT’ I hope to have tablet woven some braids to see (I have got a book if we haven’t had that workshop).
When the world returns I hope to contact the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester to see if they know.
Lovely Norwegian Girl Sweater
l finished this last night for my daughter’s Christmas present and l am rather pleased with it.
It is “Norwegian Girl Sweater” by Katrina Hammer and supposed to be knitted in Alafoss Lett Lopi wool.
l knitted this in John Arbon Yarndelic “ Another Friday Night”a special from his Virtual Mill open weekend and Alpaca Supreme Pearl.After knitting swatches l decided to use 3mm for the ribbing, 3.50 for the body and 4 mm for the yoke.l always increase needle size when fairisle knitting as it always pulls in. It worked out smaller than the pattern, (medium to large, chest 42”) which is what l was hoping for as my daughter is a small 32””
This was a wonderful knit as the yarn is so gorgeous especially the alpaca and l would knit it again it’s a lovely pattern to follow.
Hope everyone is keeping busy and well,
Unique and delightful first time jumper
I had always wanted to knit a jumper, so here it is, handpsun from local hill sheep, dyed with indigo, and it’s taken me about 3 years to finish……first jumper I have ever knitted. I mostly enjoyed it, but my spinning is better now than it was when I started so it’s a bit irregular. If I did it again I would make both the sleeves the same length….(or shorten my left arm?!), and I would just get on with it rather than putting it off. It is really warm and surprisingly comfy though.