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Happy St. Pat’s day!

Here we are in March again! St. Valentines day is gone and Easter is coming. It was spring yesterday and today started with winter white! St Pat’s day is right in the middle. I started weaving this little project awhile back but time got by me and now it’s nearly here, But this one is a quick one so go ahead and start!

Have a happy March!

Shamrocks 

© HazelRoseSpencer 2021

Small HazelRose SweetHeart Loom

100% wool worsted weight yarn, green.

Weaving needle

Notes:

You can weave this with man-made fibers but it will be bigger as it will not felt. You’ll need a washing machine to felt this. These are useful as well as decorative. They work as a doily under a tea cup or soup bowl or as a mug rug to protect your furniture from drips. They are quick to make and make nice little hostess gifts as well.

Felted they will measure about 5″ or 12.5cm across.

 Instructions:

Weave four hearts.

Weave in tails leaving about a half inch of yarn hanging out. Once these are felted you can clip these ends. This helps make sure nothing comes undone.

Sew two hearts together on one side. Twice.

 4.Sew the two sets together.

Crochet a double chain* to make a stem.  Connecting it just off the underside edge, weave in ends.

Felt. I put these in a small laundry bag and washed them in hot water with a couple bath towels. Smooth them out when washed and lay the flat to dry. I did not put them in the drier. When they were dry I steamed them flat and trimmed the ends. These are sort of felted to the back so you would not have to clip them but I think it helps them lay flat.

 

 Crocheted double chain:

Pull loop though to the back, chain 2.

   

Insert hook into stitch on the left and pull a loop up. Chain though both loops on hook. Repeat until your chain is as long as you want it. Fasten off and weave ends into chain to hide.

To use as mug rug, using a good fabric glue & glue the Shamrocks to a piece of non-skid backing. Cover the top with a bit of saran or foil and place a moderate weight, like a book, on it and let it set for at least several hours. Cut around the non-skid, making the backing just a little smaller than the wool so that it does not show from the front. Check your glue label for washing instructions. The saran is to keep any glue from accidently getting on your weight.

February again. 2021

We did have some winter, 30″ of snow almost two weeks ago and bits and inches later which mostly melted off as fast as they fell. We still have 10 or so inches of that first one left on the ground.

I send in my seed order early as the companies are advising us to. And plants which I had set the ship Date at the end of March. Got my onion plants the day after the snow storm. What the heck? Not shoveling out the garden so I can plant onions in February! Lady at the seed company apologized, said their shipper thought we lived in south California. Isn’t that was zip codes are for? But she ordered more to be shipped early April and promised to hold the rest until then also. Hope so. The garden this year will be almost as big but different. Cutting back on tomatoes for one thing.

We go to town today to get or virus vaccinations. We’re luck to live in an area where there is not much of this plague so are comparatively safe. We do wear our masks and maintain social distancing. We go to the Grocery and the gas station and the hardware store, that’s about it. If we need anything else, there’s Amazon. I can use stash yarn for the nest 20 years and not run out so am good there, too! lol

I have been weaving on the large SweetHeart loom. The plan is a cowl using Crochet to joining and fill out a bit tho I have yet to discover if this will work. Maybe this way.

  

 

 

Summertime…

The livin’ may not be easy for everyone, but up here in the boonies it’s not too bad. The garden is thriving. I picked peas this morning. There is something so satisfying about shelling peas. The one chore I actually look forward to.

  Shelling peas.

Big bowl full

The zucchini are in full stride too, of course! Tomatoes growing, beans- bush, climbing, and lima- blooming. I’ll be sweating away in the kitchen with the canner soon. Not a chore I really look forward to, but the results are satisfactory.

I am weaving, too, a couple projects I intend to offer to magazines so won’t show those yet. But I was doing some stuff with Log cabin that turned out pretty well. They’ll make nice coasters or, well, about anything else you might want to make!

  Diagonal weaving on the weave-it loom. Plain and log cabin.

Same thing in Green. This one done of the Multi 4″ square.

Still hoping to make it up to Sis’s this year, but will be a couple months yet, it seems. I’m getting a new knee middle of this month and then there’ll be some visits to the Torturer to learn how to use it, but I hope to get though that part quickly. I go in the 13th to get my lecture from the surgeon on being too heavy, but I have actually been losing. We’ve been walking up the hill every morning. Made it to the top again with only one stop to pant , this morning!

So I hope you all have a sense-able 4th of July weekend. I want you to all stay safe! Both heath-wise and fire-wise. There’s been a lot of air traffic around here this morning that I am hoping is just precautionary. We can save our fireworks for New Years when there is snow on the ground. They look even prettier then anyway!

Meantime…Happy Birthday USA-I hope you are around for another one!

I think it’s springtime!

Did I say that before? Well, I think it really is this time. Our lows have been in the 40’s and the garden is already growing. the early guys anyway. Flowers, too. And the trees are leafing out. All but the oaks, but they are always last, not really trusting kind of plants. Kinda like my Pop, he said don’t plant out until the Oak leaves are as big as squirrels ears. Yes, for most things but the peas like it early! And the daffies have been blooming, they never want to miss the last snow!  But the tulips are now blooming on my new bulb bed, too.

    

And Grandmother’s favorite wild flower. She said they look so cheerful in the lawn, the first to bloom in her yard. They always make me think of her. She was Randy’s grandmother but we cared for her in her last 20 or so years and I was closer to her than to my own grandmother so I just leave the in-law part off. A great lady. Too bad the new owner does not like them and has killed them all off, along with the wind flowers and English daisies. Only hawkweed left out there now. I suppose it is pretty too but way too invasive.

And The PUD says the power will be out from 8am to 4pm on Tuesday so I am designating Tuesday as Weaving day! Got my bins ready!

 

The Mystery Weave Along using the 3.5″ Quilt Weaver Square and a couple projects for patterns I’m writing up. I think it’ll be enough to keep me busy all day!  But weaving today, too, working on some color designs for the big triangles. And I badly needed a haircut so I figured I may as well re-dye it, too, as I cut most of the pink off. Himself & dog have gone firewood cutting, you’ll see why I like to do this when everyone is gone! Now, while the Kool Aid is doing it’s thing, I’m going back to weaving!

Happy New Year!

I do hope you all have a safe and comfortable start to a prosperous and reasonably happy 2020! A little verse we should keep in mind.

 

But now is the time for Resolutions! Right? Like maybe changing a few, well, shall we lay less desirable habits? Like being a little more Organized. I know that it is not literally a 4 letter word, but has been pretty much in that category for me for most of my life.  Looking for a loom this morning, I found this stuff in the basket by my chair. All but the jar of Ricolas, the new Territorial seed catalog & His shoes and newspapers. Needless to say, the loom was not in there! Not in my loom case, either. So I guess I’ll start this morning putting all this in it’s proper place. If I can find that place. Trouble is they are not projects., just experiments. I think he gave me a new shoe box, I suppose I can label that Weaving Experiments. Then that leaves me to find a place to store the box. Hopefully where I can find it again when I need it. Like I apparently did not do with the missing loom!

Ah well, I guess the other fun thing I get to do on new years Day, is bills. Oh well, it’s my 1st of the month job. He does the taxes and is a great wood worker but he really sucks at financial matters beyond that.  We all have out strong points and he is Very Organized. It’s rare that he can’t find something no matter how long ago he had it. I, on the other hand, have to rely on luck when hunting something.

But there you go. I think the weather wizards are using the same system for forecasting the weather. And Mother Nature is using a roulette wheel to decide! We go from a huge surprise snowstorm right before thanksgiving, I mean nearly 4 foot, to rain ever since! Temperatures have run from 14 degrees F to nearly 70! And it’s raining this morning and 38 degrees on Jan 1. I don’t even want to think about Australia while I am whining about our weather. I would happily send them our rain and the foot of snow that’s left if I could.

Well, on the brighter side, trying to heed the advice picture I posted above, we are looking forward to adding a new loom to our line up this year. It is our 20th year in the loom business! It’s has been an interesting 20 years! We’ve met some wonderful people and done more traveling that we ever thought we’d do. It’s been fun for the most part and we’ve both learned a lot! Our only disappointment is not being able to interest the kids in the business. Well, they have their own lives, our parents were not delighted with our choices, either, but we all manage to make it work to our best comfort. Anyway, keep an eye out for our anniversary announcement sometime later this year!

And I hope your year is starting off the way you wanted it to! Best Wishes!

Hazel & Himself

Just the two of us!

December.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with 3 foot of light powdery snow. But as we were not going anywhere or expecting company we were able to sit back and enjoy it. Lost power for 13 hours, not bad. It’s failed a couple times since but just for a short time, 3-5 hours.

Not going anywhere for Christmas, either. first time in years we’ve spent that holiday at home. It’s rained since the snow so melted about half off. Still enough white out there to light up the house all night with the full moon! I think we are assured of a White Christmas, even tho it’s not quite as pretty as it was! He’s been shoveling and putting away all the stuff we got caught short of with that big early snowfall. And he’s done shop work, of course. We’ve been working on a couple experimental looms, looking at the future. We’ve been to a few social events, school plays and Lion’s Club dinner. Went to see Sound Of Music by the Trinity Players. Very professional job. They always put on a good show.

Have a few gifts to get in the mail tomorrow. Yes, I’ve done some weaving & some knitting. Weaving squares with the WAL on Looms to go, Ravelry. Not doing a project, just using imagination to weave a 4″ square to a theme. Relaxing, really.  Not too much imagination probably. My snow angel ended up just being what i call a set of wings. maybe you can see them? I gave the gingerbread some red gumdrops in case it was what was left of a gingerbread man! There are a lot more themes for this and I’ll get a few more made, maybe.

Mostly its the time of year to sit back and relax, enjoy the fire, read, and let it all flow over you. New year coming on, plenty of time to get back to Real Life then.

Have a wonderful end of this year!

A WAL/DAL

It’s finished. I’m writing all this up with pictures and will save as a pdf and post of the web site, probably. I’ll let you know. Madelyn is thinner so the shorts are a bit blousey on here but you an see that it would also make a nice skirt. I’ll try to find a live model for them.

It starts here …

That’s weave along or design along. I’m calling it Keep Your Pants On! I’ve been getting suggestions to do a WAL to make pants. It’s going to be Along, too, as I will be weaving with you! I hope a few of you will be interested in the project. We’ll start with a pair of shorts and some kiddy pants for those of you who want to start small and have a small one to wear them. I’m going to be posting to the Pin Weaving Support Group on Facebook. and to the Ravelry Small Looms group so you can join in & share in any or all of these places.

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Here’s one of the kids pants projects  as a start. A pair of shorts for a toddler boy.

So here’s what I have so far. I tried several yarns on both the Quilt Weaver and the Multi loom and didn’t find anything I liked. I was thinking cotton but the cottons I ave are either too small to make a nice fabric with the Quilt Weavers or too heavy to make it on the Multi Looms. sock yarns were a little too light for my liking on the multi as well. and I wanted a yarn that would not stretch to leave holes once they are on the moving body. I finally ran across this box I got from Lion Brands 10 for $10 sale.  Had no idea what to do with it when I bought it but it was a ‘deal’! It weaves up very nice on the 7″ Quilt Weaver square. A snug weave without making a stiff fabric.  It’s Lion’s Pride Woolspun, 80% acrylic, 20% wool. A Bulky Woolease.

And then I went thought my box of adult patterns and found a pants pattern that I think will work. I folded up the legs and pinned the front and back together. I don’t seem to have one of those ‘one size fits all’ kind so am making my own this way. You’ll need to be sure to measure your hips, usually at or just below your belly button. That will give you the widest measurement. You’ll probably want to add an inch or two of ease for sitting, too.

Here’s my layout for one side. This is 18 seven inch squares. None of my squares are stitched together just yet but I think this is going to work.  I will sew these together  and then stitch and cut to get the crop correct. Did I mention that you are going to need a sewing machine to do it this way? I have a layout that does it differently  but I think this will make a better fit. I’ll share the other way of doing it as well, tho, if you want to try it. It’s basically the same way  that the kids pants are done but with a larger insert for the crotch.

This is Charlies, Pants, done with the 3.5″ Tiny Weaver Square. You could use your 4″ multi but be sure to check the measurements. Add squares top or side to get your fit. This would be for a child. your going to need many more squares for yourself, no matter what size you are and if you are using the 4″ make your crotch insert with the 6″.

Okay this is the basic idea. Decide on your loom. Start asking questions! Start swatching yarns and look for a pattern if you want to do it my way.

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Measuring the skirt and play suit results in a rather small size for both, reminding us again that you do need to measure yourself.

The skirt was made to fit my mannequin, Madelyn. A very slim model. The skirt, made with the 6″ Multi loom, measure 26″ at the waist and 36″ at the hip. The skirt was three rows of 7 six inch squares and I took darts at the waist. It was also lined.

The Play suit, a version of a Weave-it  project was even smaller, measuring 26 at the waist and 36 at the hip. This way of doing it has no darts but is tiered as in chart. And you’ll see in the chart that the squares are Not square, This was to show that they are eased in to fit the previous row. It does not look gathered if done carefully.

Take your measurements, from waist to hem and also around your waist and hips. From there you will be able to determine how many squares you need to fit yourself.  The crotch square is recommended to be larger, you can try the 4″ or the 6″ & decide which you think works best. Also you might want to make that one a double to give it a little extra strength. The waist band is knitted k2, p2 ribbing. If you do not knit you can crochet it, if you don’t do neither you can just weave an extra row of 4 in squares , sew together in a waist length row,  fold them lengthwise and stitch it on as a band.

Now as I have had questions about how to assemble this crotch, I’ve changed my mind about how I’m doing it and will do it the flat way. My square measure 6″. So laying them out with 3 squares will give me a 36″ waist. But if you have a 36″ waist, you are not likely to also have 36″ hips.  Well, men might but women aren’t likely to. If I manage to ease in one more square it will give me 48″ hips.  That also makes the leg opening 24″ which may be a little loose for shorts. All these things have to be adjusted by your size and your taste. This is where the design comes in! And do remember!!! You are not weaving squares… you are weaving Fabric! You can treat it like any other coarsely woven fabric. You’ll need to sue some kind of stay, whether iron on backing or just sewing a stay stitch, before you cut. I am going to start assembling these shorts today and will take photos of inserting the crotch gusset.

Next Day:

I’m not really happy with the way this is going. The project, that is. This yarn makes some nice sturdy, yet soft fabric but trying to ease in an extra 6 inches isn’t going smoothly. I’m going to go ahead with it, bit I think I won’t weave in ends just yet in case I have to frog it later. A lighter fabric wouldn’t be a problem, I think, so don’t be discouraged by my comments. I’ll post another comment & a photo once I get the next tier on.

I guess it could be cute. We’ll see. I have not yet added the 3rd tier, which I’ll try to get done today.

School Weaving

Had 5 kids at the table, 2 boys & 3 girls. One 1st grader, 1 6th grader and three in the 3rd. Small schools are interesting and fun! They all did well and finished their little rug. They took the cardboard loom and the wooden needles that Randy and I made home with them, hopefully to get used again.  I wouldn’t mind doing more with them.

My first grader drew this tiger for me. He says Thank You! lol

  

Ellie’s mom posted this the next morning. She says, “Ellie is weaving at breakfast this morning! Thanks again for sharing your skill.” Love it when they vole it!

Up next is…

It was supposed to be my new sweater but  was not working out for that. I bought this alpaca yarn on a good sale as it was being discontinued so I have a limited amount to work with. It’s Blue Sky, I’m sure I can get more. I think it was just the colorways that were being discontinued. Anyway, I think I found a way to use all these 12″ squares. It’s a knitting pattern but so simple that it will work for the squares. It’s just a matter of will it fit me?! I’m forging ahead and hoping for the best! lol

So here’s my layout. I have enough (I hope) Navy to knit the ribbing. If not I also still have some of the colors so it could be as colorful, almost, as the squares. Well, these are the blocks but I cannot get a picture of my present layout. It’s a camera issue. But this one is going to take awhile as I did not weave the ends in as I went. I’m sure I have advised you to do so, in the past. I guess this is another case of “do as I say, not as I do!’ lol It will be sewn together with an overhand stitch. Pinned each time to avoid stretching out of shape. It’s a very soft yarn. Soft and drape-y.

 

       

The other thing is that it is also getting toward gardening season. The rain (knock knock) has stopped and the sun is out. Water is quite high in streams and the lake. We’ll have a full lake this summer! Took a ride north yesterday and got a picture of Scott Mountain creek! It hasn’t run like this in years! I wish you could hear it as well. It was Roaring!! Love it! all the branch creeks and seasonal streamlets were adding to it and by the time it reached the Trinity River and on down the canyon to join Coffee Creek, that one was roaring as well! But CC does not seem close at all to flood tho a lot of people who have moved up here in recent years may be a bit anxious since they’ll never have seen spring run-off.

 

Another one done!

This one I’ve learned to hate! I’ve assembled and frogged and reassembled and frogged… So what do you do then? Something that can’t,  at least easily, be undone. Get out the Singer! So here is the Singer Infinity Cowel. Done & finished.

It’s been so long-3 years, I think – that the band is gone & I’ve no idea what it is. A nice yarn… just wasn’t working for me.

I’m beginning g to feel a bit more like I may live. Still not over it, but better. Himself has it now, of course.