Selling your work…

It appears that the scarf I wove for my Mum’s Christmas gift  is a huge success! She loves it, has recieved many compliments on it and at it’s most recent outing was asked if I do custom work.

This last bit got me thinking and wondering if this is a viable plan? Could I actually make and sell hand woven scarves and wraps? I’m not expecting this to become a full time gig that can support the household (although that would be lovely) but it would be great to have this little thing on the side that helpes me to burn through my stash and generates income that I can use for my hobby and make it possible to buy the loom of my dreams…

Will have to look into how to price the items as well as the whole business license thing (did this before when Chris started a small business) as well as the taxes and all that jazz…market research is another thing to look into. As for places to sell stuff: Toronto has a tonne of small shops that sell hand crafted goods on consignment as well as a bunch of great little craft fairs and of course there is ETSY.

There is a lot to consider and I must also be realistic about the time commitments and beign carefull to keep it fun and not have it becoem drudge work which I will  become resentfull of.

Still knitting that last gift…

It’s 5 days after Christmas and I have one gift still on  the needles, my plan is to have it cast off tonight. I would have been done it in time too except I took a little four day break  and knit a little sweater for myself…Wrenna from French Girl Knits (photos will follow eventually) used Limari in a festive deep red.

As for my other knitted gifts…they were all well received by the giftees, but we forgot to pack the camera so there are no photos. My sister was given a Just Enough Ruffles scarf knit from almost 3 skeins of Malabrigo Silky in bright pink, the MIL received Stella’s Hat, knit from Malabrigo Merino in a yellowy/gold. My Mum was gifted a woven scarfthat she really likes and apparently has been showing it off to all and sundry since opening it. I used a Fleece Artist yarn bundle I bought at LettuceKnit some time ago that contained a skein of mohair and a skein of Merino sock yarn in really nice earth tones. I liked it so much, she almost didn’t get it.

It appears that my fibery talents have come as a surprise to some people…but that is a post for another day, like tomorrow!

I’ve been neglectfull…

Blog posts are so much better with photos and I have none at the moment…will try to remedy that later. So for the now you will just have to imagine…

I’ve been running into some problems with ALL my current projects.

My two travel knitting projects required some frogging when I was mere hours from completing both. Montego Bay had to be completly frogged due to the scarf being too wide and consequently too short. After completly froggin’ it I recast on with 26 sts and am much happier with the width and length.

Backtus only needed to be frogged to the halfway point as the decreases were far too sharp, going to try K2Tog, YO, K2Tog instead of the K1, YO, K3Tog I was doing. The K2tog stitch should make for a gradual decrease, unlike the acute angle that occured with the K3Tog.

Now we come to the weaving…

I needed a few small items (pick-up sticks etc.) to accomplish my projects and to replace a few pieces on Fillipe that have somehow disappeared. Am quite certain that the kids have played a role in their dissapearance but as of yet have not found any proof. I recieved the package containing the necessary bits and bobs on Wednesday and just as soon as I have a few spare moments I’ll be able to weave off the honeycomb scarf that the Cricket is warped and waiting for and warp Fillipe with the lovely silvery grey tencel thread that will become 1/2 of a pucker shawl (scroll down for the project). With all these little delays I don’t think I’ll be making the “I Made it on My Schacht” contest deadline on September 1st.

In the words of Depech Mode: Enjoy the Silence

Quiet nights are a rare thing once you have sprogs. Quiet nights where I can get some crafty happenin’s going are rarer still at the moment. But I had one last week when Chris went out last Thursday night to Dueling Grounds fight his little metal men and some stuff got accomplisehd! Sort of as I ran into a bit of an issue.

The Cricket got warped so I can get going on a scarf that’s been in my brain for a bit…using the honeycomb weave structure I learned at my weekend away with Our Denny in Howell, Michigan where we basked in Ms Beth’s fabulous hospitality and took a workshop with Ms Jane Patrick on how to rock a rigid heddle loom!

I was all set to weave when I discovered a fly in my ointment. My plan was simple: warp loom with Louet Gems Sport in Taupe (a really great neutral yarn that helps all sorts of colours POP!!!) weave for an inch or two then use hand spun to create the honeycombs. While I was winding up the handspun I discovered that there is no way I’m going to have enough to weave a complete scarf…Merde! Good thing I have a collection of batts and rovings!

After a little bit of rooting through bins in the basement I came up with two options:

the June Art Club batt Raspberry Truffle

and the Colorways Club Batt from March Mud Season

I also came to the conclusion that I need to reorganize my yarns and fibers into some semblence of order next time I have a day off with no little ones around to “assist”. In the mean time I’m spinning up both batts and will decide later which I think will work the best, but I’m already leaning towards the Raspberry Truffle for the scarf and using the Colorways batt for the yoke of one of Shannon’s Faux Fair Isle Sweaters

Holy crap a WIP!?!

Finally finished knotting off the fringe last night.

This a very delayed gift for my Mum (I’m only admitting that here as her computer is pooched and will not be on the web anytime soon…of course with my luck…) that I wove off on Fillipe de Flip. The yarn is from a Fleece Artist mohair and wool kit I bought at Lettuce Knit back in January.

The BFL sock weight yarn was used for the warp and the mohair made the weft. There was a bit of a learning curve as I figured out how to work with such a fine and sticky yarn so my selvages are a bit messy for the first few inches. I had finished the weaving almost a month ago but got stuck on what to do for a fringe until I saw that diamond/lattice style fringe on a skirt at work one day. The weave is just a straight up tabby, I think it shows off the dyeing really well!

My next project is going to be the Pulled Thread Pucker Shawl from the Summer 2005 Schacht Newsletter, going to use some silvery tencel for the warp and a dove grey alpaca lace weight for the weft. I’m determined to complete that 7 shawl challenge that Denny had started oh so many summers ago! Although mine has become more of a scarf challenge. 😉

Edna update…

Well I got a quote for the repair parts…I’m looking at 500$ to 1000$, and that was for the parts that Nina could see were missing.

So now I’m faced with two options:

Buy the missing pieces as I can afford them and in the end spend spend about 1/2 the cost of a brand new 8 shaft Artisat (one of my holy grail looms, a custom multi wood Mighty Wolf would be the other)

Or

Find a weaver with the same model who needs some replacement parts and wait a little longer till I find my floor loom.

Edna Phillips

Been in a workshop for the past two weeks hence the radio silence, will post about the outcome from it at a later date once everythign has sunk in…In the mean time…

Let me present Ms Edna Phillips:

From what I can tell she is over 40 years old (although it’s very rude to discuss a Lady’s age) and is very obviously missing a few parts but for 50$ on craigslist I can’t really complain. Her name comes from a piece of tape on the hand crank that simply says “Edna Philips”, possible first owner? The lady I bought it from had been given the loom as payment for some work she had done but never had time or space to weave. I’m guessing I’m the fourth owner but only the second to have it assembled, which would explain the missing parts and at some point the over head lamp being added.

I sent some photos to Nina at Camilla Valley to help me order the missing parts and hope to have everything ready to go in a few weeks time. Anyone feel like a pre-back to school road trip to Camilla Valley, my standard passenger offer applies (gas, lunch and at least two Timmy stops on me)?

I’ve been pouring over my 4-shaft pattern books for the past week trying to decide on a first project…I see a blanket…

And then it was all over

After the loom in the Audi antics of the morning we settled down to learn all sorts of cool stuff that can be done with a Rigid Heddle Loom and here is where I developed some camnesia.

Although I did take this photo of my lunch.

That is a loose meat sandwich, topped with chilim onions, mustard and cheese. It was interesting and the whole time I was eating it all I could think of was when Roseanne opened a loose meat restaurant on the Rosanne.

After the class was over I asked Jane to sign my Cricket

We went for some dinner and then it was time to go home…

As sad as it was that my little trip was over, four days was a nice little break from Chris and the kids and I was ready to come home by Sunday morning. It was a really great trip, I learned a lot and have decided that I would like to take a trip like this every year, SOAR, John C. Campbell Folk School and Golden Gate Fiber Institute are now in my crosshairs. Although 2010 may be tripless due to the procurement of my very own Baby Wolf.

Will that loom fit in the Audi?

Saturday morning was pretty uneventfull, we all woke up, had some yummy pasteries and coffee. Ezara bought a Baby Wolf…then it was a question of wether or not it would fit in her car.

Turns out Audi’s are made for hauling a Baby Wolf

with room to spare for say a Wolf Pup

The loom was brought back into the shop so that heddles could be added. Ezara chose the Inserted Eye style for her heddles.

Jane gave us a mini lesson on how to remove the shafts

and insert the heddles

This is about the point that part of my brain that really loves tinkering, good design and all thing engineering swooned and I may have said that I will be placing an order for an 8 shaft Wold Pup loom of my own as soon as I get home and work out the household budget to make it mine.