Not surprisingly, a break-up, a move, and a brand new job really take their toll on a burgeoning blog.

I have been staying crafty, however, and there is quite a backlog of projects to get through.

Might as well start with this relatively quick project completed as a test knit for the lovely Ambah O’Brien and now in near-daily use.



Cloud Weaving

I used bulky wool and roving for this guy so warped the loom threads 1/2″ apart, instead of 1/4″.  Next time, stick with 1/4″, I think – you can just adjust the weaving (going 2×2 instead of 1×1) if the quarter inch is too tight and then the hanging loops will both look better and hold everything in tighter.

And a preview of the current project, a sawtooth star:

Weaving, the first

Another Creativebug class is to blame. This time, Annabel Wrigley’s Weaving for Beginners, via the Michaels Makers program. This one is just an experimentation in texture, using stash supplies: alpaca, wool, cotton, acrylic, blends…it’s all in there somewhere.

Definitely love the herringbone/fishtail/Soumak stitch portions, though I had to watch the video about 8 times each time I tried it. I think my favourite is the heathered bulky stuff.

A close-up of the back, because I always love seeing them from other people.

Roped In

After watching Nicole Blum demonstrate this technique on Creativebug, I promptly relieved my local hardware store of their entire stock of poly/cotton clothesline. Five baskets and three bags later, I still have several hundred of feet of rope left to play with. Fair warning: this is damn easy and damn addictive.

As I proclaimed after finishing my third basket, this is the first time I’ve experienced the mythical trifecta of craft: cheap, fast, and attractive. I find that most crafts fulfill one or two of these adjectives, but never all three: knitting and quilting are expensive and slow, but the yield is (hopefully) gorgeous; cross stitch is cheap and beautiful, but takes forever; sewing your own garments is rarely cheaper and always far more time-consuming. But this rope business! I see project baskets and cat beds and coasters and chair cushions and placemats and plant pot covers and… there a single word that captures the notion of ‘closely studied and then reverse-engineered’? To say these bags were ‘inspired’ by Doug Johnston is obviously a gross understatement. Mimicry, perhaps? Imitation = flattery, and whatnot, I suppose.)