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New Year, New Knits (and old knits too…)

So update on a few things. Haven’t been knitting as much as I would like, because, well, life.

Things that are finished: 

Magdalen scarf/wrap! I ended up giving this one to my mother for Christmas 🙂 Now, I might make one for myself in a beautiful greyish/blue yarn that I got as a gift!

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Things that aren’t finished: 

TRUSS cardigan

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September Weaving Challenge… It’s almost done (this isn’t the most recent photo), just have to do a few more sections and finishing touches.

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NEW PROJECTS… 

I’m all over the place with my knitting right now, but I was looking for something simple to knit over my Reading Week, so I decided to start with the back of this sweater:

QUADRILLION by Meaghan Fernandes (published in PomPom Magazine Issue No. 6 Autumn 2013)

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I’m starting by knitting the back which is knit in a simple moss stitch because the front is quite complicated to knit with different cables and such (the chart is a bit intimidating).

Should be fun! Pix to come soon!

 

 

 

 

Visual update on my September Challenge Weaving! 

   
 

  

Sneak peak at today’s progress 

Spent a little too much time working on this new project today, and didn’t get much else done :S 

The Weaving Kind September 2015 Challenge

This month I am participating in The Weaving Kind‘s weaving challenge for September 2015. Each month a weaver from the Instagram community takes over the Weaving Kind’s account and poses a challenge to the weaving community to create a tapestry based on a certain theme–this month’s theme is COLOR. Since I just finished a new tapestry yesterday, I thought I would try my hand at creating something for this month’s challenge.

This month there are two options:

Option ONE:
Pick two analogous colors. What? Analogous colors are right next to each other on the color wheel. For example: blue & green, magenta & violet or orange & yellow.
Option TWO:
Pick a pair of complementary colors. Again, what? Complementary colors are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. For example: red & green, yellow & purple or magenta & chartreuse.
Guidelines:

  • Pick a color palette from the two options above.
  • Use only those colors for your September weaving, (a little black and/or white is okay too).
  • Your design can be inspired by your color choices OR feel free to pick colors to evoke an idea you already have.

HINT: No matter which colors you pick you aren’t limited to just one version of each of them, (although that’s certainly an option). i.e. If you pick blue & green you can use 17 varieties of blue and three varieties of green if you want to.

I opted to go for the analogous colors, since I have a lot of them in my stash. Plus, since it’s almost Fall I opted to go for hues of yellow and orange and a bit of white.

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Weaving is DONE!

The weaving I posted about before (see here) is done!

I spent a few hours yesterday and today finishing it up. It was a bit of a challenge getting it off the loom, and I suck at weaving in the ends of the warp to attach it to the little dowel that I bought to hang it. The back looks REALLY ugly. I also haven’t woven the loose ends of the weft in yet either… another day. 

For now, I’m happy with how it looks 🙂 🙂

#WIP: weaving 

I started this weaving on an Unusual Pear frame loom almost 9 weeks ago. I used a mix of two yarn packs from the Unusual Pear and Maryanne Moodie‘s Etsy shops, and some local fiber I picked up at Wabi Sabi

I should pick this up again… After I finish Truss, of course.  

   

past projects: first weaving

When I decided to learn how to weave several months ago, I found a great little hand loom on which to learn from Fringe Supply Co. It’s made of maple and it’s about the size of a medium-size picture frame (approx 7″ x 8″). It took me only a few hours to warp my loom and weave my first little wall hanging. Fringe Supply Co. also provides a GREAT little tutorial on their blog on how to get started, and it really helped me start my first project.

Despite a little bit of a rough ending taking it off the loom, I think this turned into a pretty good first attempt at weaving!

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Stash additions… 

Well, yesterday I slipped. I went to the Glebe Farmer’s market and ended up coming home with two new skeins of locally sourced wool…

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The Log House Cottage is a farm located just South of Ottawa in North Gower. They produce hand-dyed yarns, such as silk, merino-bamboo, baby camel, and highland wool. Their yarn is absolutely stunning. The colours are vibrant and the yarn is soft. I bought a skein of their Monster Ball (chunky Highland wool, 470 m) in blues and greens. This skein should knit/weave up a few decent projects!

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The Milkhouse Dairy and Farm is located in Smiths Falls, Ontario. They produce farmstead sheeps’ milk cheeses, grass-fed lamb, and all-natural wool products. Their wool is sourced from their flock of British Milk Sheep, and they offer their 2- and 3-ply yarns in a lovely natural/undyed  hue. Excited to work with this wool! It’s so nice knowing where your yarn comes from when you’re knitting or weaving. I mean look at these cuties!

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Again, I’m not sure what I’ll do with these new additions yet, but I’m already crafting plans for a new weaving that is blue, green and white! It’ll be fun to see what these skeins turn into.

But really… no more new additions after this…

d-stashed

Hi, my name is Danuta, and I am a yarn addict. I have been knitting for almost three years now, and my yarn stash is starting to take over my life. It’s small in comparison to other serious knitters, but it’s quite sizable to me in my little apartment–I need to d(e)-stash my yarn collection.

This is my yarn stash at the moment… or at least most of it (the rest is hidden away in closets and under the bed). It is probably more yarn than I know what to do with right now.

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What I plan on doing is making things out of all of this before I can let myself buy new yarn.  I can see a few knitted sweaters, scarves, hats and mittens and a even a few woven tapestries that will come out of my stash.

Here’s to happy knitting!

This blog will follow my d-stashing journey as I knit and weave my way to less yarn.

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