Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tablet Weaving on my PVC Loom

This is the 4th incarnation of my loom. With the help of my brilliant son and husband, I gathered ideas for the warp roller and here it is! It works great so far and I'm loving how easy it is to move the warp forward. The back piece of PVC has holes drilled in it (I have my own drill press) and a chopstick is inserted in the holes (which are drilled across from each other) to move and hold the roller bar.
The loom has "legs" to allow more room for rolled warp. This took many trips to Lowe's and one day I was in there for so long, my DH called to see where I was!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tablet Weaving on Cricket

This is what I am doing today (after chores of course). I got it warped and began the weaving Friday, but couldn't get back to it until today. It's so much fun! I have been making short warps to sample patterns and have another warp in the threading process right now.

Making looms has also become an obsession! It's fun to puzzle out how to make the looms do different things - like how to make a warp roller on a PVC loom. I did it! Pics soon - I want to get a warp on it first.

Knitting in progress: multiple pairs of socks, a blankie from Noro Silk Garden left-overs (mostly left overs) and a new top from Norah Gaughan called Pucker - in the original yarn and color. Boy, do I need to update my Ravelry database! Waaaay behind. Been having Gremlins in my computers and having a hard time getting cooperation from software. Argh. Knitting is close by. It helps.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


My son just came in and told me that HULU has my ABC Soaps! I have subscribed and no longer have to mess with the awful ABC player. OR the outrageously loud commercials they play. Yipeee!!! (I don't watch live TV - it's either recorded to edit out commercials or streamed online or on DVD - I H-A-T-E commercials!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tunisian Shrug Tutorial Video

I put up my first video tutorial segment on YouTube! Go HERE to view the way I carry my resting yarns up the sides of Tunisian crochet.

Class was so much FUN today! I have really missed teaching. Will do it again!

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Treadmill

I gave my new treadmill a workout this morning! It was great! Not going outside in the heat and humidity was great, too. I listened to an audio book while I walked and time passed quickly. I have an appointment with my new friend every morning!

Jewel Shrug

This is my island countertop with a 7-yarn Tunisian Shrug in progress. Those lovely see-thru containers are from blank DVD towers. I was 1 short, therefore the can.

I arrange them so that the 4 yarns on the left at the moment are in the left quadrant and the 3 yarns on the right are on the right. I shift and re-arrange the containers as I work. This keeps me relatively tangle-free!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Teaching Class - Tunisian Crochet

I will be teaching a class this Saturday at Hill Country Weavers - a beginner's class in Tunisian Crochet. This Shrug is one of the pattern options in class. The other is a scarf. The Shrug pattern will be available to the public after the class is over.

Very exciting to be teaching again!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Diagnosis: Life

Well, I've been having some major health issues the last several months and last week the cause of it all seems to have made it's presence known. I have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I am on meds with orders to walk 30 minutes a day and revise my eating habits. There is quite a learning curve involved with this. Bought a One Touch glucose meter and feel like a pincushion now. It will take some getting used to - all of this new life style - but used to it I will be! Eventually. Lots to remember, lots to read about. Oh and I am cooking, too! Now THAT IS a change.

I have been researching the heck out of the internet for the last week and walking 30 minutes almost every morning (except sat). I think I have my diet search well underway and my DH and I went out shopping for a treadmill today. After more internet research (can we say endless library?) I have made a decision to get a Horizon treadmill. I am still up in the air about the choice between 2 models, but I'm sure that will clear itself up soon. I hope to buy one this week
because the weather here is sooooo HUMID you could scoop the air up with a spoon. Ick. Walking is a real challenge in this stuff!

My art has become really important, too. If I didn't have things to get excited about and to interest me I don't know what would happen. I am knitting a light blankie for my Studio in Noro Silk Garden. Here is a pic of the first block.

I'm working my own pattern for reversible mitered squares in blocks of 16, then I will put them all together later. I don't have enough yarn leftovers yet to make the whole thing, but I will!

This is how the yarn looked when I first began. I joined the yarn lengths into a single ball. I'm using #8 bamboo knitting needles.

You can find my mitered square pattern on Ravelry. I want to make it into a PDF with final revisions and more photos.