Friday, 17 October 2014

Finally an Empty Loom.


After having this project on my loom for well over half a year I am genuinely happy to see it off and finished.

As I had the opportunity to work in the weaving workshop at work in the first half of the year, I thought it would be fun to experiment with some 8/2 cotton on the rigid heddle to see how it holds up.

It was an absolute nightmare to warp and I ended up re-warping it no less than 3 times.
I also could not budge some of the horrible twisted mess that started to happen in the second half of the 6m warp and so, once my patience ran out, I promptly cut off the other 3m and they are to be found somewhere in a corner :(

I guess this is why it took me so long to finish.
I couldn't motivate myself to sit and weave, but everytime I walked past my loom I felt bad for seeing it just standing there.

Then I had the bright idea to weave some of this year's Christmas gifts and that finally motivated me to get to the end of the warp.

The original idea for this warp was to make some hand-towels in our bathroom colours.

I did just that and have managed to cut and sew 3 towels for the bathroom.

3/2 Cotton

As we have a towel rod, I sewed a channel in the tops of the towels so that they can be threaded on to this rod and sit quite snuggly.

woven hand towel

So, will I be using this cotton on my rigid heddle again?
Not unless I use the direct warping method. 
I had used the warping mill to work out this warp:

warping mill

I don't think I could manage a 6m project on the rigid heddle either.
The cotton is so fine and I only had half the warp on it, the work took forever to move forward. Once I have my floor loom, then yes, I would definitely make more 8/2 cotton projects but not on the rigid heddle.

Another issue I found was that the warp warped!
I have never had this experience before but try as I might I couldn't get it to correct itself.

I am not sure why this happened, and my only conclusion is that I didn't loosen the tension after working on the project at some point, and this created the problem. (It is maybe not as apparent in the photo as it is when you have the cloth in front of you, but there is a definite difference between the one side of the band of colour and the other side)

Have you experienced this before?



hand towel rigid heddle

Besides that, the 8/2 cotton feels luxuriously soft and silky, I really love the feel of it. It would have made an awesome shawl or cowl, and I do plan something along those lines as future floor loom projects.

Since I was so happy to finally have the loom free and ready for a new project, I merrily warped it for a new scarf for Jas on Wednesday and I am thoroughly enjoying the simplicity of the new WIP. But that is news for next week, so stay tuned :)

Did you complete a WIP this week?
I will be sharing this post with all my lovely Friday Friends

I wish you all a super weekend.
x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party with Feature

October's Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party is here.
Welcome to a month-long Linky party that is all about crafts and tutorials :)

This month there will be a feature post - YEAH!!

At the end of October I will feature all craft tutorials I find linked below that have to do with Halloween.

For a Tutorial to be featured it needs to be photo-rich and in a step-by-step format. The craft that you share is totally open to you :)

Don't forget - If I feature 3 or more of your tutorials you will get yourself a "Featured" Blogger Post (This only applies if you haven't been featured on Marigolds' Loft over the last 4 months)

Of course you can share all of your creative links below regardless of the theme (if you are looking for a feature your posts will have to be in the theme category though) and I look forward to visiting the links I find below and it would be wonderful if you also shared some visiting "LURV", so don't stop linking your stuff and visiting your neighbour! :) 

Please note that due to time constraints it may not be possible for me to leave comments on each blog I visit, but I will try my best to do so.

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I can't wait to see all the talented posts from this month :)
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Busy Wednesday

Well, I think I have finally kicked into "Non-Stop-Create" mode!

Realizing that if I want to have all these cool things under the tree this year I am running out of time has helped to shock me into starting numerous projects :O
So much so, that there are quite a couple of things I plan to do today that aren't even on the photo above!

Let me start to tell you about what I plan to do today. 
(Whether I get all of them done or not is another thing!)

I plan to:

Make soap - Done
Warp my loom - Done
Repair all the sewing goodies lying around
Write this blog post - Done
Sew something with my new machine ;)
Visit some of my Wednesday online friends
Knit
Read
Crochet

So with that in mind I need to get going.

These are the projects that I am sharing with you in today's post:

Tardis socks


These are progressing nicely and I am glad that I have finished the colour-work for a while, as by knitting them two at a time on the magic loop I became very entangled in my yarn and spent more time untangling myself than knitting at one point!

Drops Fabel


These are a "Surprise" creation that I have been playing around with for a while and they will become Kay's new Christmas socks :)
I will share more of the pattern as I go along and hope to have them somewhere more colourful for you next week!

Can you perhaps guess what the colour-work will include?

Now onto my un-started projects:

Drops Baby Merino

My loom is finally empty - yay!
I will finish up the project that I removed from the loom to share with you on Friday.

Above is my colour selection for my new weaving project.
The dark yarn is not black but actually marine and looks more like this:


I will be weaving, or attempting to weave a Ravenclaw Scarf for Jas.
Yip, do you see a pattern forming with this years festive gifts?


This yarn is waiting to be cast on and will be used to create a pair of gloves for Kay.

Before I go, I would like to remind you all that you only have a couple of days left to sign yourself up for the Secret Santa Handmade Bookmark Exchange.

To do so please go HERE

Secret Santa Bookmark Exchange

I wish you all a creative day and rest of your week.
I will be sharing this with all my creative Wednesday Friends

See you soon.
x

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

5 Million Members

Amazing - Craftsy has managed to reach 5 million members!

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Not really surprising as they offer some incredibly awesome courses.

I love Craftsy and am enrolled in no less than wait for it..... 24 classes (Includes a bunch of amazing free classes too)!

Yip, that's right 24, and I am guessing I am not done yet.

What I love about Craftsy is that they don't stand still.

They are always offering new, innovative and inspiring classes for every handcrafting hobby available.

I am not a novice when it comes to knitting or crochet - even so, I have enrolled in quite a couple of their knitting/crochet classes and continue to learn new techniques and how to take my skills to the next level.

Their courses are affordable and there is always a bargain to be had, which helps me to expand my horizon. Through their monthly course sale offerings I have enrolled myself in courses I otherwise wouldn't have tried and have always been pleasantly surprised and learnt a new skill along the way.

And their classes are not just for adults.

I have enrolled my teenage daughters in a couple of their courses too, it is a great way for them to expand their skills during the holidays and allows them to learn at their own pace.




The best about Craftsy courses is that you get Lifetime access to your courses, to watch them whenever and where-ever you are.
You can watch the techniques over and over until you have grasped them and your instructor is always available should you have questions.

Are you also a Craftsy member?
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Have a Craftsy Weekend :)

x
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Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday FOs

Tardis Socks

This week I have a couple of projects to share with you.
First up - Jas's Tardis Socks.

I loved this knit and am busy casting on a similar pair for hubby. (More about that next week)

5-in-1 adventure

Drops Big Fabel

Next up - my second pair of 5-in-1 adventure gloves.
This is another project for my Craftsy Class "Mittens and Gloves Galore"
I knit these two at a time. The great thing about doing that is that I ran out of wool at the same place ;) hence the grey fingers :)
I think they look quite cute like that, I could have also done all the fingers grey I suppose, but it was a great stash busting project.

I have cast on the next pair of gloves and will share those with you next week.


This book was a client order for her daughter as an apprentice chef gift.
I like the way it turned out, I hope she does too.

How many projects did you manage to finish this week?

I wish you all a super weekend.
x
I will be sharing this post with all my Friday Friends.

Craftsy

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party with Feature

October's Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party is here.
Welcome to a month-long Linky party that is all about crafts and tutorials :)

This month there will be a feature post - YEAH!!

At the end of October I will feature all craft tutorials I find linked below that have to do with Halloween.

For a Tutorial to be featured it needs to be photo-rich and in a step-by-step format. The craft that you share is totally open to you :)

Don't forget - If I feature 3 or more of your tutorials you will get yourself a "Featured" Blogger Post (This only applies if you haven't been featured on Marigolds' Loft over the last 4 months)

Of course you can share all of your creative links below regardless of the theme (if you are looking for a feature your posts will have to be in the theme category though) and I look forward to visiting the links I find below and it would be wonderful if you also shared some visiting "LURV", so don't stop linking your stuff and visiting your neighbour! :) 

Please note that due to time constraints it may not be possible for me to leave comments on each blog I visit, but I will try my best to do so.

If you want a button for your side bar, here it is:

Marigolds' Loft

I can't wait to see all the talented posts from this month :)
Link your stuff below!
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Contemplation

wip wednesday

Wednesday again, and with that exactly 11 weeks till Christmas.
Our stores have already started on their Christmas displays which I always find mildly irritating!

Each year the displays get earlier and earlier, one of these days we will have a dedicated shelf or rows of shelves all year round filled with Christmas goodies! 

What is the point besides killing all possible festive spirit that humankind could still possibly possess?

When do your stores start with their displays?

This week I have quite a couple of new projects that will be started today or tomorrow...

Drops Fabel

These balls are ready to be cast on :)
They belong to Hubby's pair of Tardis Socks and Kays' Surprise socks which are still just an idea and we will have to see if they work out how I hope!

Jas's pair of Tardis socks are complete and will be shared with you on Friday.

5-in-1 adventure

These are the second pair of 5-in-1 Adventure gloves. This pair will probably be for Jas as she likes turquoise and then I will start on Kays pair which will probably be black and white. :)

Reading wise: I have started reading Not my Daughter. I am not far enough to have an opinion yet and will let you know once I get a little further.

Hmmmm, reading?

Come October I tend to find that I am all read out!

Do you get that feeling?

I feel that each title I pick up is going to be a bit blah blah and I just can't find any enjoyment in it :(.

I guess it has something to do with the time of year as each year I sign up for the Goodreads reading challenge and get going well enough, but come autumn it grinds to a halt until January.



Next year I think I will need to get 70% of my book challenge read before June - let us see how that goes!

Talking of books and Christmas reminds me to remind you.....

secret santa exchange


If you are wanting to take part in the Secret Santa Handmade Bookmark Exchange this year, you still have time to sign up :)

Have a great rest of your week.
x

I will be sharing this post with all my Wednesday friends :)

Craftsy

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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.