Summer update

Just popping by to let you know what I’ve been up to lately, since things rather unexpectedly quieted down after my last post in February. I really wanted to keep making crochet patterns, I thought I’d found a good flow, but well… life happened, I guess. Long story short, the spring semester was (most likely) the end of my life as a university student, for a variety of reasons I won’t get into. So now I’m at home with my mother, working my usual summer job, and in the fall I’m not really sure what will happen. We shall see πŸ™‚

In June there was the now semi-annual local fair where I (and a bunch of other people) sell stuff we’ve made. There’s a cafe with fish soup and cakes, and a play and choir song for entertainment. The weather was horrible this year, but still the fair was a huge success πŸ™‚ I sold most of my remaining Dudes and some other small things, like cupcakes and keychains. Small things tend to sell well, so I’ll be stocking up on those for next time πŸ™‚

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The table I shared with my mother. She knits things and I crochet πŸ™‚

Otherwise this summer I’ve kept myself busy with work, reading, chasing bugs and trying to learn French. And I’ve been tablet weaving again. I still haven’t quite figured it out, but after three attempts, I ended up with a pretty decent kivrim band made of crochet cotton. It’s so small!

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My aunt just gave me some weaving cards she’s not using, so I’m going to try again and see if things will be easier with proper cards πŸ™‚

And now I’m starting to get ready for the Ravellenic Games in August. Opening ceremony is on Friday the fifth, only ten days away! I’ll still be working, though, so I can’t be as efficient as I’d like, but I’m hopefully going to shrink my UFO pile quite a bit anyway πŸ™‚

Oh! I almost forgot to say, I now have a new laptop! πŸ˜€ I’m really quite pleased with it (despite Windows 10 – ugh), but I don’t yet have a proper writing program for my crochet patterns… Looking for an affordable option, but I suppose I’ll end up buying MS Office, because I don’t like changes and I want to keep the formatting of my patterns as it’s always been :/ I don’t know when this will happen, but I do want to get some new patterns out in the fall. Fingers crossed I’ll find a solution πŸ™‚

Adventures in weaving

I’ve taken up weaving! Again:) I have done tapestry weaving before, though it must be fifteen years ago or something, so I’m not sure it counts anymore πŸ˜› A few years ago I did a little bead weaving, and now I felt it was time to try yet another variant. Or two…

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Remember I mentioned a new thing I started last week? Tablet weaving! I’ve seen it on blogs a few times and wanted to learn for a long time, so I watched a few YouTube videos and got to work. First I designed a simple pattern and made some cards:

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I just cut 5Γ—5 cm cardboard squares from the back of an empty notebook, rounded the corners a little bit and made four holes in each card with a standard hole punch.

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To make long ribbons you will either need some sort of loom to wrap lengths of warp around, or you attach one end to something in the house and the other end to a harness thingy that goes around your waist. But I had neither, so I decided to just make a short band and tied my warp around an open cardboard box.

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At first it was very confusing, as the pattern just wouldn’t show up. And when it finally did, it still didn’t look like it should. Eventually, after a few inches of trying different things, it came out more or less like I designed it:

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But then, when I ran out of warp and took it off the box… well… I think I may have woven the whole thing backwards, because the other side just looked so much better. So neat!

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I don’t know, man πŸ˜› Have to do some more research and try again, I guess.

I’ve sworn I won’t go and invest in a bunch of books and fancy tools for any new hobbies before I’ve actually tried it for a while and decided if it’s something I’ll keep doing or not. Because I’ve done that a few times before… Ahem. But I feel like I’ve done well with this, I made my own cards and everything πŸ™‚

Bird’s nest

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I made this cute little nest for Easter. I had some more decorations planned, but this was all I had time for.

I remember seeing something like this on a blog years ago, only made in wire. It was awesome, and I planned to make one for a long time, but then I lost the link and forgot about it.

Of course I couldn’t find my wire the day I did this, so I used some faux leather string I have for macrame, first in brown, then in green. It was wonky and weird and didn’t look much like a nest:

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Then I used some tweed effect wool yarn to shape it and plug all the holes. And what do you know, it actually looks like a nest!

The eggs are beads in a weird iridescent lime green, so they’re hard to get proper pictures of. I wanted to get some blue ones instead, to make it look like a robin’s nest. Now it looks like this:

Weaving

Look, I have a loom!

I used to do a lot of tapestry weaving about ten years ago, and recently I’ve started to miss it a lot. Unfortunately the frame/loom is stashed at my grandmother’s house, and it’s way to big and unwieldy for me to keep here, so I went out and got this little one instead. Remember making lots of tiny rugs with wool yarn in kindergarten, it was so much fun πŸ˜€
I know I can’t really make fancy tapestries with this thing, but small motifs and potholders and stuff. So far I’ve made this little test strip with scrap yarn, but I want to get more shuttles (or really long needles) and work with several colors at a time. But honestly, the shuttle that came with the loom is horrible, so I need to find alternatives soon or I’ll go crazy… Any suggestions? πŸ™‚

Guess what!

I have taken up bead weaving πŸ˜€ Heh… As if I really need another hobby! Actually I do, I have to try something new every now and then, when I get tired of whatever I’m doing. All my crafting interests come and go in cycles, and some things I try once and give up very quickly. Knitting, crocheting and beading are hobbies I think will stay interesting as long as I can make cute critters πŸ™‚
Anyway, the other day I went out to pick up the package from my mother at the post office, and unfortunately for my wallet the craft store is in the same building.. So I went in an bought a loom, beading needles and some nylon string, and went home and got to work πŸ™‚ The loom is a pretty cheap wooden construction, but it works well enough, it’s just a little small.

Sadly the craft store only had black and white string, but I’ve been experimenting with embroidery floss as warp threads, and that works, too. I stretches a little, so I have to tighten it a few times, but it doesn’t break, and I have more colors to choose from πŸ™‚ For the weaving I use ordinaryΒ sewing thread. I worry that it will break with use, so I weave it through the work a few extra times to be sure.
First I tried a pattern from my new book, Lovable Beaded Creatures, for a keychain with a lizard motif. The choice of background color wasn’t the best, so the lizard is pretty hard to see. Next I made another thing from this pattern, but I’m not sure what to do with it. It’s a little big for a key chain. The patterns for the bracelets are my own, and I’ll be adding them to my pattern blog when I’ve finished them and drawn up the charts πŸ™‚

Together with my beads there was another thing in the package, a surprise from my mother. It’s a door sign! Of course Bollan’s name is put first, she rules us all πŸ™‚ The sign is hand painted by my mother, and the flowers are glued on. It’s very pretty, Bollan is very pleased that it’s going on our door so “everyone” can see where she lives πŸ™‚