Monday, September 14, 2009

Sock It 2 Me

What can I say? Once again there is something in Fiber World that I've wanted to do for so long.

Post it here for inspiration.

Sock knitting, a craze? Yes, I think so. But who could resist wearing a fancy pair of hand-knit socks? This first pair that I'll attempt (I admit, I took a sock class a few months ago. I was not impressed with, well, I won't say) is very basic. Using size 7 needles and Aran weight yarn they should knit up in a breeze (or maybe a small thunderstorm).

The sock pattern is called Irish Wellington Socks, by Aileen Cahill. Her site can be found at I found the pattern at Ravelry.

The yarn is from my stash. I've had these 3 skeins of Rowanspun Aran for years now. I don't think they even make it anymore. Perhaps not the total best choice for socks, but they can be hand-washed. I think of these as 'around the house' socks. I doubt I'll ever put them into a pair of boots. But who knows?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Playing With Yarn and Color

It was time to get some more stock listed on my Etsy site. I had two orders of undyed yarns that needed attention - so I got started - and this was the final outcome:

Final Soak In Eucalan Wool Wash
The way the yarns absorb the color right from the dye bath, leaving the water crystal clear is so amazing! But if you think about it, it makes total sense.

Colors Drying On The Rack



Friday, September 11, 2009

Rag Rugging II

Here it is. My very first handwoven rag rug. I put a lot of work into this one. The next one I make, in browns, greens and blues, will be a bit less tiresome. I do not plan on binding the edges like I did with this one. It'll be a true 'Rag Rug' :)

I had extra material so I just kept on stripping/sewing until it was all gone. Then I continued to weave until I ran out of warp. The width came out at 22.75 inches. The length finished out at 44.25 inches. Nice!

The 5 Pieces Of Fabric For The Next Rug

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rag Rugging

My back is feeling better - good enough to weave - maybe not good enough for the hard beating that's required to weave a sturdy rug, but I'm doing it anyway. I've wanted to do this for a long time and I finally got down to it. I think the fact that my Chiropractor asked if I could weave him a rug had something to do with it...

I used a warp of burnt orange and burgundy 8/4 cotton carpet warp. I also have orange and white, but they were a bit too bright for the material I was using.

Carpet Warp, Wound and Ready

I purchased the material at the JoAnn Fabric store in Bowie, MD - they were having a going out of business sale :(

When I started to cut the fabric into 1 1/2 inch strips, the fraying was way too much so I decided to roll each strip and sew the edges inside. This way I get a nice clean rug without the frayed edges sticking out. Yes, I know, it's a rag rug, but hey, it's for me and I wanted it 'clean & neat'.

Fabric and Rolled Weft Detail

This little baby, 24 x 36, will sit in the upstairs bathroom right in front of the sink. Something to dig my toes into while I'm brushing my pearly whites (Eh Pearl). It's nice and firm, well, it's still on the loom, but it feels awesome. I'll shoot another image once it's on the floor in it's final resting place :)