Projects in the works

Two projects have been simmering on back burners for too long. No, three.  That one has only been in the wings for 3 months so maybe it doesn’t count. Except the half warped Norwood that sits between the kitchen and living room is a constant reminder. All day long I see the warp thread tangling more as they dejectedly droop in despair of ever becoming cloth. The threads are through the reed and three-fourths have been threaded through the heddles (front to back). Any spare time I had during the daylight hours were either engaged in work or necessary outdoor activities. While weaving in the evenings is relaxing, threading heddles is not.

With the garden winding down there’s hope that by October I’ll be back at the loom. By then I dearly hope to have the one that’s been in the works since April finished, and more accomplished with the first.

The boot socks I’m knitting for granddaughter Feather were started in April. Her mom had sent a link to a Pinterest picture of a woman wearing boots socks; a type of legging to wear with cowboy boots with buttons to fast them up the leg. No feet. I searched Raverly, Google and my Stitchionary for a lacey pattern that looked similar,  Settling on one I cast on and made good progress for several evenings then was pulled up short.
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Two dear friends had upcoming birthdays. Setting the boot socks aside I began spinning enough yarn to make two pairs of basic handwarmers.
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Evenings at Black Sheep Gathering were perfect for getting back to the boot socks. About 3 inches had been added to each of them knitting them at the same time on a pair #1 / 2.25mm circ needles. They were long enough to get a good look at their circumference. While the math for the lace stitch was spot on and I’d cast on ample stitches ,I hadn’t knit a swatch. You’d think I’d learn. huh  These boot socks will fit Violet in a year or two, but no way will they stretch over an almost seven year old, active girl with well developed leg muscles.

Pulling out a pair of #2 / 2.75. Working a small swatch and figuring the math I cast on again.  Every morning and every evening I’ve worked a few rows and they are getting close to the right length.

Meanwhile, I’m spinning hemp to make drive bands for Ed’s 3rd Walking Wheel which he brought into the house yesterday. I can’t play with it until it has proper drive bands. Tomorrow I hope to finish the last of the spinning then ply, soak and stretch the line tautly between fence posts outside in the sun.
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Drying under pressure should remove all the possibility of future stretching once it’s in action on the wheel. We plan to demonstrate the last weekend in September then it’ll be available for sale. Pictures and more details of the Wheel to come.
What about the first project? The one with the Walking Wheel, a dog and a tapestry loom that goes back eons ago? I’ll write about it next time as I’ve run out of steam and need to hit the sack. The days continue busy. Today, after a morning of office work and writing on spindles I picked more tomatoes and dried them, the last came off the rack an hour ago. More plums were cooked to jam, zucchini shredded and frozen in 1/2 cup and 1 cup clumps for ease of using come winter. It looks like there will be one more picking of beans for freezing, sadly there aren’t enough for a canner full.

Oh no! I forgot to grind coffee for the morning! And Ed’s asleep.

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Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Great Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing my fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays we try to set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

4 thoughts on “Projects in the works”

  1. Thanks for sharing your works in progress with us. I love the handwarmers such beautiful spinning and color. I’m in awe over the hemp break band you are spinning. The Walking Wheels Ed has made have been so amazing and I didn’t even think for a moment that the drive band was hand spun. Every part of that wheel is made with love. 🙂

    1. Ed had planned to use some regular twine. Ha! No way was that happening when I can spin flax and/or hemp.
      Yep, all the parts are made with love. 🙂

  2. Swatching, who woulda thunk of it? 🙂
    I’m in the middle of stitch pattern swatching, which is way more fun than swatching for gauge/size. Still, I’m getting tired of pattern swatching, and just want to jump in to my project! Hoping my patience will be rewarded…with less ripping down the road.

    Thanks for sharing your projects! Hope to see you at OFFF.

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