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High Fiber—Warped in Mind, Body and Looms

The first Waffle Scarf is coming along. I warped the loom for three, if things work out.

Of course, if I run out of weft (not likely) I can switch to a different yarn, but there should be enough warp for three. It's a waffle pattern normally used for dish towels. I found it on the Internet. I thought it might be warm and fun to do. So far, I've confirmed the fun part. I also warped the small rented table loom for the rug class with Jason Collingwood, which started Saturday and continues through today. I should have a full report next week. 

Common Threads met at Lynda's last week. Julie brought Margareth's quilted blanket, which will be finished just in time for winter. 

Margareth did the weaving, and Julie quilted it with Minky on the back. The quilting pattern is snowflakes. It doesn't show up very well in the photo, because Minky is so shiny. 

Lynda showed us her "evening hat." It's an evening hat because it took an evening to knit it, and she can wear it when she goes out for evening. 

Georgette had finished this scarf. 

And Karan had made a poncho from the same pattern Joanie used for her purple poncho several months ago. 

Chablis paid us a visit. She's very sweet, and she gets along well with Lynda's dog and two cats. 

I started a cardigan for Daphne during the meeting. It's a priority, because it would be nice if I can finish it in time for Christmas. 

I'm calling it "Green Pastures," and I'm using Swish Worsted in Dublin, White and Black. The pattern is "Welcome to the Flock" from Moth Heaven. 

The pattern is designed for babies, but I'm making it with thicker yarn and bigger needles, and I'm pretty sure it will come out big enough for Daphne. Wherever the pattern refers to inches, I convert the inches to rows or sts based on gauge for the original pattern, and then convert the rows or sts to the gauge I'm getting with the Swish and larger needles. The pattern is thicker around the waist to allow for a diaper, (not needed for Daphne) so I just started out with the number of sts needed around the chest and eliminated the decreases. It's going fast. I think I have enough yarn to make a smaller one for Soren. Zachary will get to wear this one when Daphne grows out of it. 

It has been a week dedicated mostly to weaving adventures. I was feeling bad about having nothing to show quilters this week, so I went through some of my old photos and scanned in this one of my "Stars of Yesterday" quilt. 

It's made up of Ohio Star blocks on point with a border of flying geese. I used 19th Century reproduction fabrics and heavily quilted it with feather wreaths in the plain blocks. Getting the border to fit was tricky with all those seams. Any other quilters ever have that problem?

Just for fun, I thought I'd share this photo Susan the Blue Lake Knitter brought to my attention on Facebook: a new breed of fiber animal, perhaps? Let's call it a Sheepoodle

You can read the true story of this amazing creature here.

I thought you needed a dose of cuteness, too, so here's a shot of Daphne in her dance class. She seems to be a natural, like her mother.

What's on my needles: Dogwood Blossoms, Christmas Waffle sweater, and Green Tea socks with the heel almost done. First Green Pastures cardigan started and a few inches done.

What's on my loom: Oh, no! I have two looms with warp on each! Making progress on the Christmas present scarves. The smaller loom from the guild is being used for the class. Photos next week. 

What's on my wheel: Full Circle Roving in "Wolf". First bobbin finished. No progress this week. 

What's on my Sewing needles, Featherweight: Delectable Pathways, piecing the Delectable Mountain block panels. Appliqué panel #3, No progress this week.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still listening to The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore on the Overdrive app. Reading Cry of the Peacock by V. R. Christensen on the Kindle App, purchased through BookBub. Listening to the Fiber Hooligan podcast and the Knit Picks podcast.

What's my app of the week: iWeaveIt, the weaving app for iPad. I used it for e first time to make a draft for the class project. I'm finding it easy to use, and it was useful for warping the table loom for my class. Maybe the best part is, it's much, much cheaper than the desktop version, and it does everything I need to be able to do.

What's in my wine glass: Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. Lovely. 

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 22, 2013 at 9:01am

Yes! I remembered during Common Threads yesterday, and the two people who had the remaining projects were there.

Comment by Beverly Roberts on November 22, 2013 at 8:55am

Thanks for remembering/looking up those patterns, Peggy!  I really didn't expect you to remember in view of your very busy fiber/family life :D  I see now what you meant when you said that the scarf was really more about the yarn itself than a pattern. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 21, 2013 at 1:04pm

This could be the hat pattern.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 21, 2013 at 12:58pm

OK, Beverly! This is the pattern for Georgette's scarf. The yarn is listed in the pattern, but it's Flower by Viking Yarn Co.

The Evening hat is in this book, Knitted Gifts by Ann Budd.

Comment by Beverly Roberts on November 17, 2013 at 8:47am

Thanks, Peggy!  I've added it to my queue and hope that someday soon all my plumbing repairs will be done and paid for...then I can actually buy the pattern!  I love that it has a cowl neck...that's what sets it apart from all the others :D

Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 16, 2013 at 12:10pm
Beverly, I have the pattern for the poncho for you: Churchmouse Classics Easy Folded Poncho, on Ravelry here:
Still working on the other items.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 11, 2013 at 5:06pm

Thanks for stepping in, Cheryl! I just got home a little while ago. Pooped doesn't do it justice, but I learned a lot. I don't have a lot of experience with sewing machines. I still use my little Singer Featherweight. The new reproduction Featherweights are cheaper, but someone who knows sewing machines (and fishing) said they make good anchors. Ellen has one she got for not too much. I'll ask her.

The class was great! I learned so much, including block weave techniques, shaft-switching, use of pick-up sticks and "Summer and Winter." I'm making a rug that has two layers of weft, making it nice and thick, sort of like Fair Isle sweaters. Using the little table loom for this technique was challenging, but doable. It's hard to beat  enough. More next week.

Beverly, I'll try to get the name of the poncho pattern for you. I think the evening hat is just a rectangle pulled up tight at the top, but I'll ask. Georgette's scarf is pretty much entirely the yarn. I'll ask about the brand.

Yes, the sheepoodle was fascinating, and Daphne is indeed cute!

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 11, 2013 at 12:50pm

Great blog Peggy... the Sheepoodle is just too much! 

And Daphne is adorable!  Quite the young lady. 

Comment by Beverly Roberts on November 11, 2013 at 8:52am

Peggy, what a fabulous blog!  I love everything!  That waffle stitch is amazing!  I want the patterns for half the things here!11  That evening hat, the poncho (really, really want this!), and Georgette's fabuloso scarf!  The bunny and the sheepoodle are adorable and Daphne!  Daphne is just too cute; I can easily imagine her as a professional dancer :D)

Comment by cherylbwaters on November 11, 2013 at 7:46am

Peggy, I can't wait until next week to hear about your weaving class. It sounds so exciting!

AB, there are lots and lots of nice little machines out there that you could get. I haven't looked at machines in quite awhile. Oh, wait, I lied. I did recently invest in a feather weight. But they can be rather pricey. But I've had my Bernina for more than thirty years. So I haven't really looked at machines in that many years.

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