Sunday, February 12, 2017

A new hobby?

I love watching videos and podcasts over on YouTube. YouTube likes to make suggestions based on things you've watched previously or things you've searched for recently. I've been getting a lot of suggests for weaving. I've always had a love of weaving ever since I saw a weaving loom demonstration back in elementary school. It was one of those giant floor looms that the pioneers used to make rugs.

YouTube suggested hula hoop looming. I don't have a hula hoop and I don't plan on buying one but I do have a beautiful handmade (not by me) wooden loom meant for loom knitting hats. I purchased this from a Yahoo group that I was in years ago but I never did use it. 

I wanted to see if it would work like a wagon wheel or hula hoop loom. I cut up some old t-shirts and gave it a try. I knew one of the warnings was do not pull the long strips of t-shirt too tight in the center because it would cause the center to bow out and form a bowl. Unless you want a bowl of course.

Yep, I pulled too tight. lol

I didn't bother finishing off the warp pieces because I wasn't planning on keeping this. It was only to see if I liked the feel of this type of weaving.

It's not bad but I feel that for this loom the white t-shirt warp pieces should be thinner. Maybe just a strip and not an actual loop. Also, this style of weaving is great for a coaster but it isn't a rug. My next experiment will be braiding a rug. I love a huge oval braided rug. I also want to try twining a rug but that will have to wait until I can either make or purchase a loom.

Have you ever made a rug?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Podcast Episode #7

I started a crafting podcast over on Youtube a few months ago. I talk about what crafting projects I've been working on for the past two weeks. I've decided on a bi-monthly format where I post a new podcast on (or around) the 1st and 15th of the month.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

182 Day Solstice Challenge

I decided to join the 182 day Winter Solstice challenge that Pat Sloan is hosting. There is a blog for the patterns and a Facebook group to show off your blocks. The blocks come out every Wednesday and we are six blocks in so far. Plenty of time to catch up if you want to join.

No surprise that I'm going scrappy with my version.

 block 1

block 2

block 3

block 4

block 5

block 6

Block 5 is supposed to have a basket in the center but I'm not sure if I will add it or not. Some people don't want to do applique but I love applique. I'm just not sure about the basket. While I was sewing the block, I kept thinking that it needed a bird in the center instead. We'll see what I decide as time goes on.

I haven't been sewing precision blocks in awhile so it took me a few times to find the 1/4" on my machine again. I might need to make the first two blocks over again so they fit accurately into the quilt.

Looking forward to Wednesday...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Like any knitter or crafter, I have several WiPs (Works in Progress) going at any given time. Right now these are my two main knitting projects.

This is a pair of socks for Robbie. That boy has fallen in love with hand knit socks which is wonderful for him. For me not so wonderful lol. He has a wide foot and wears a US size 13 shoe. While I love the process of knitting it does get a bit boring when working on the same pair of socks for what feels like forever. In reality it takes me about a month to knit a pair of socks whether they're for Robbie or my US size 9 foot. I tend to knit while cooking dinner and before bed. I'm sure if I spent a good chunk of time on them I could knit a pair in a week.  I'm actually enjoying working on these socks because the yarn is so fun. I'm always trying to knit a bit faster so I can see what color or pattern is coming next.

My other project is a simple slouchy beanie for Robbie's girlfriend. She's been lucky enough to receive a few handmade gifts from Robbie and me.

I have a handful of other knitting projects that are just sitting. I'll pull them out soon so ya'll can see what's languishing in the WiP pile.